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Center Diamond Selection Process

Curated Diamond Selection

Selection: Our diamonds are curated based on their exceptional beauty and light performance. Using our vast experience and insider knowledge, we carefully sort through hundreds of loose diamonds before selecting ones for our exclusive inventory.  At Lauren B we have something for everyone and offer both natural and lab-grown diamonds as center stone options for our clients. By visually comparing several options side by side, either in person or via e-mailed videos, our clients can make a confident purchase because they are able to see the nuances and details in a diamond.

A Personal Touch: Unlike other websites which simply list a database of diamonds they have never seen or inspected before, we ensure that each diamond meets a certain standard before offering it as an option to our client. Pricing is available for all loose stones in our virtual diamond inventory. Once you have found a stone you are interested in, you can purchase it or place it on a temporary hold  and a design consultant will reach out with next steps.

Diamond Grading: All of our diamonds are accompanied by a GIA grading report which is the most reputable third party laboratory in the world. We urge our clients to use these lab reports as a guide and advise against basing the purchase solely based on the stated grades. The strategy commonly used by large scale diamond vendor websites is to compete on price and sell in volume, with complete disregard for how the precious stone actually looks and performs in real life. In sharp contrast, our team at Lauren B thoroughly previews and examines each option beforehand and will provide you with a detailed description of each diamond along with any necessary videos or photos.

GIA vs IGI Diamonds: The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is considered the most prestigious and established grading institution, known for having the most stringent and consistent grading system in the industry. As the gold standard for diamond grading, their certificates are widely recognized and respected around the world. IGI, on the other hand, is often more lenient and inconsistent in their grading, making it difficult for purchasers to truly understand the quality of the diamond they are buying. For example, a diamond graded as "E" color by IGI might only receive a grade of "G" by GIA; this significant difference will be noticeable to the naked eye and detract from the perceived beauty of the diamond. Moreover, GIA’s strong emphasis on research and education ensures that their grading standards remain at the forefront of the industry. To learn more about the differences between GIA and IGI diamond grading, click here

GIA Graded Diamonds
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carat  is a measure of a diamond’s weight but does not determine exactly how large it will look face up in appearance.

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Diamonds of the same carat weight and shape can have different dimensions due to their cut. We avoid options that are too deep and appear smaller than their carat weight indicates

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color  is graded on a scale starting with “D” as the most colorless, and ending with “Z”. There is a range of color within each grade; for instance a diamond graded as “H”can appear closer to a “G” or to an “I”.

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Every diamond is unique and certain shapes and cutting styles can mask the appearance of color better than others. We can recommend specific diamonds to help you maximize valu

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CUT  is reflective of the arrangement and angles of a diamond’s facets, affecting both its sparkle and measurements. GIA only provides an official cut grade on round brilliant cuts; all other shapes must be examined for various factors including real-life appearance.

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We aim to select diamonds that are cut to show increased surface area while maintaining brilliance, fire and scintillation. The beauty of a diamond’s cut and how well it reflects light cannot be determined by viewing a grading report alone.

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CLARITY  refers to the presence of natural inclusions or surface blemishes on a diamond and is graded based on their size, location, and number.

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We recommend the “VVS” to “SI” range for brilliant cuts, and VS or higher for step cut diamonds. A grading report will not indicate if a diamond is not “eye-clean” or hazy in appearance; both are clarity related and should be avoided.

 

CURATED DIAMOND SELECTION FAQs

What is the process for selecting a diamond at Lauren B?
If you are browsing our loose diamond inventory online, you have two options: you may place your desired stone on a three-day exclusive hold with a 10% deposit or you can add your diamond to your cart and check out. Either way, a design consultant will reach out to you to go over next steps, whether that be shipping the loose stone to you or adding it to a custom ring!
Are Lauren B diamonds conflict-free?
All of our diamonds are conflict free, based upon our personal knowledge and the information provided to us by our suppliers who follow the Kimberley Process. We will always strive to uphold the legitimacy of the diamond trade and disclose the source of all our gemstones.
What makes GIA grading important for diamonds at Lauren B?
The Gemological Institute of America is the most prestigious and established grading institution with a reputation for having the most stringent grading standards in the industry. It is often considered the industry standard for diamond grading, and their certificates are widely recognized and respected around the world.

Not only is it a grading lab, but it is also an educational institution. It invests significantly in gemological research and provides training for gemologists worldwide. This commitment to education and research enhances its credibility. At Lauren B, we make it a point to only use GIA certified lab and natural diamonds–why not only have the best!
Can I reserve a diamond I see online?
If you have found a diamond that you wish to move forward with or would like to see further, you can place it on a three day exclusive hold. If you choose to reserve one of our loose diamonds, you must put down a deposit of at least 10%.

A Lauren B design consultant will contact you regarding next steps (i.e. adding this diamond to a custom ring design or purchasing the stone by itself).
How does Lauren B's diamond selection maximize brilliance and value?
Our diamond inventory is specially curated by trained gemologists who sort through hundreds of diamonds every day. Each diamond in our inventory is cut to maximize surface area while preserving brilliance, fire, and scintillation.
Can I see a comparison of different diamond options at Lauren B?
Of course! Whether in-person in our showroom or through a virtual appointment, your design consultant will happily compare different diamond shapes, ratios, etc. during your one-on-one scheduled time.

You can also visit our virtual diamond inventory any time and compare up to four different loose stones at a time via video.
What educational resources does Lauren B provide about diamonds?
Lauren B is unique in our commitment to educate our clients and the general public on diamond knowledge. You can visit our YouTube library to watch curated playlists about different diamond topics or visit our blog to read even more!
Can customers request a virtual consultation for diamond selection at Lauren B?
Absolutely! We know that not everyone is able to make it to our Manhattan showroom so we offer virtual one-on-one appointments with one of our talented design consultants. During your appointment, you can look through and compare several diamonds from our exclusive inventory.
Are there options for upgrading diamonds at Lauren B in the future?
All certified natural diamond center stones bought from Lauren B are eligible for up to a 100% credit towards a new diamond, provided the new diamond is at least double in value after a minimum of three years following the original purchase. You can read more about our Upgrade Policy and what qualifies here.
What customer support is available for questions about diamond selection?
If you have any questions, you can contact your design consultant directly. If you have not been connected with a design consultant, you can send your inquiries to [email protected] and a design consultant will reach out within 24-48 hours.