How do you know when you've found the one? The one perfect diamond, that is. It can be a difficult decision. Aesthetics are paramount, of course: Round or square shape? Classic white or rare yellow? Single stone or pavé? Then there's the inherent quality of the stone itself, and how it was cut and polished.

But beyond those considerations lie other important questions, like where the diamond came from, if it was mined responsibly from a conflict-free zone, and whether the mining company is giving back to the local community. Here, we break down the process of choosing and caring for a diamond into four easy steps.

Step 1: Recognize responsibly sourced diamonds

Whatever your impulse for seeking out a beautiful piece of jewelry, a conflict-free stone ensures you’ll feel proud of the purchase long after it comes out of the box. Choosing the right Jeweler is crucial.

Consider Klos Diamond Center, whose responsible sourcing commitment removes any guesswork. Not only do we guaranteed a top-shelf natural, untreated diamond, but you can also be sure it has been mined, sorted, and polished under stringent business, social, and environmental criteria.

Responsibly sourced diamonds and the mines they come from also supports local communities: by building schools and hospitals near the Group's mines in Southern Africa and Canada; funding micro-credit enterprises for female entrepreneurs; and committing to raising environmental standards and preserving biodiversity around the Group’s mines.

Step2: Understanding the characteristics of a quality diamond

To the untrained eye, telling a mediocre diamond from a magnificent one can be challenging. That's why it makes sense to leave it to the experts, like Read Klos, 2nd generation jeweler gemologist with over 40 years experience in the jewelry industry.

Read Klos rigorously examines for flaws or imperfections; precise weighing for carat weight and polish, symmetry; and hand-examined for color categorization or flaws visible to the naked eye.

Step 3: Identify a reputable jeweler and ask the right questions

One way to ensure the quality and provenance of your diamond is to seek out independent gemologist like Read Klos. He can tell you about the the diamond’s journey and how each diamond is tracked at every step of the way, from their source to Klos Diamond Center.

Typically Klos Diamond Center sell’s loose diamonds to place in a setting of your choice as well as finished pieces designed and manufactured by one of Klos Diamond Center’s design partners. All diamonds of a half carat or more, include a grading report with the unique identification number inscribed on the diamond and an accurate blueprint of its Four Cs: cut, color, clarity and carat.

Step 4: Take care of your purchase

So you've found the diamond of your dreams: Congratulation’s! Now to make sure it retains its brilliance forever, your first move is bring in your diamond every FOUR months, a simple process that means you'll receive an inspection of your diamond and ring and a complete jewelry “spa” treatment while you wait.

We recommend insuring your purchase, and having the jewelry reappraised every five years. Avoid exposing your ring to harsh chemicals, including bleach and other cleaning agents, which can dull the ring's finish. And schedule maintenance appointments with Klos Diamond Center at least every FOUR months to be sure the prongs are tight, the diamond isn't loose, and there are no hairline cracks in the shank.

Follow these easy steps and you'll have a treasure that will last for generations.

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