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BRIDAL 101

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Make Your Moment a Mountz Moment

When you’re ready to start shopping for engagement rings and wedding bands, there can be a lot of information to shuffle through. That’s why we’re here to guide you along the process, making it simple and stress-free. From the 4 C’s to diamond shapes, learn about the key factors of your purchase. The result? You’ll feel confident knowing you discovered the perfect rings. After all, making your Mountz Moment should be a truly unforgettable experience!

Diamond Shapes

The shape of a diamond refers to its geometric appearance. They're grouped into two categories, which are round and fancy-shaped diamonds. The most traditional shape is the round diamond, also known as round brilliant cuts. On the other side, fancy-shaped diamonds are classified as anything that isn’t round brilliant. These include round, emerald, pear, oval, cushion and more. Mountz Jewelers carries an expansive variety of diamond cuts and shapes, allowing you to choose one that reflects your individuality and personality. Stop by one of our locations today to learn more about each diamond shape.

Diamond Education: The 4 C’s

Diamonds are the most valuable of all gemstones because of their rarity. Because not all diamonds are equal, the Gemological Institute of America created a diamond grading system to objectively evaluate diamonds based on the four C's: Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut.

CARAT
COLOR
CLARITY
CUT

CARAT

Diamonds are weighed in metric carats and each carat is equal to 100 points. A .75 carat diamond is the same as a 75-point diamond or a three-quarter carat diamond. It's not just a diamond's carat weight or size that makes it valuable, but a combination of the four c's.

COLOR

Diamonds are actually valued by their lack of color. This means that the less color a diamond has, the higher the value. They are graded on a range from D to Z, with D being colorless and Z being a yellowish color. Letters D to F are considered colorless, G to J are considered near-colorless, K to M are faint yellow, N to R are very light yellow and S to Z are light yellow.

CLARITY

Diamonds are formed deep beneath the surface of the Earth under extreme heat and pressure. Because of this, it’s perfectly normal for a diamond to have internal and external imperfections, known as blemishes and inclusions. Blemishes are found on the outside of the diamond, while inclusions are on the inside. Both affect clarity because they can interfere with the way light passes through the diamond. When there are many imperfections, the stone may appear murky. It’s extremely rare to find a flawless diamond that lacks these inclusions, but they are not always visible to the naked eye and can sometimes only be seen through 10x magnification. The grading scale for clarity ranges from flawless (F) to very very slightly included (VVS), very slightly included (VS), slightly included (SI) to included (I).

CUT

The cut of a diamond is often mistaken for the shape of the stone. However, it actually takes into account the diamond’s proportion, symmetry and polish, giving a diamond its sparkle. The GIA grades cut by Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor. An Excellent graded stone will shine brilliantly without any dark spots.

Customize Your Experience

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, our team is here to help you build your dream rings from scratch. With our unparalleled selection of diamonds, metals and settings, the custom design process at Mountz will help you define your unique tastes. If you’d like to incorporate a gemstone into your engagement ring, we have a rainbow of gorgeous colors in our expansive collection just waiting to be discovered. Let our experienced staff in Carlisle, Camp Hill and Colonial Park/Harrisburg help you create an unforgettable look that you’ll cherish for years to come.

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Appraisals

Discover the value of your jewelry with an appraisal from Mountz. Because the rate of diamonds and gemstones is ever-evolving, we recommend getting your treasures appraised every few years. Uncover how much your treasures are worth today.

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Lifetime Diamond Upgrade

As love grows throughout the years, so can your diamonds. Mountz offers a Lifetime Diamond Upgrade Program. Receive 100% of your diamond purchase from Mountz as a trade-in towards the new purchase of any other diamond that’s at least fifty percent greater in value.

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Financing

No matter the reason for your purchase, Mountz Jewelers will help you attain your goal. Make your dreams come true with financing offered by Mountz Jewelers and Wells Fargo.

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Jewelry Repair Services

Mountz Jewelers offers a variety of services that restore the shine of your most prized pieces. We’ll give your treasures a breath of fresh air with our state-of-the-art technology, protecting their value and shine for generations to come. Our services include gemstone tightening, polishing, ring cleaning, re-sizing, and re-tipping.

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Conflict-Free Diamonds

At Mountz, we only carry diamonds that are conflict-free. Our stores follow the strict standards enacted by The Patriot Act, Kimberly Process and various UN Resolutions. Contact us today to learn more about our diamond selection.

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Accent Diamond Replacement

We’ll completely replace missing or chipped diamond under .20 ct. weight.

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