Q: How much can I get for my diamond?

A: This is one of the most frequently asked questions. The value of a diamond is determined by the 4 C's: Carat (The size and weight of the diamond); its color, clarity (are there any imperfections), and cut (how well the diamond reflects light). From these 4 factors, the value of a diamond can be determined. If you are not sure of the value of your diamond, please come in for a free evaluation.

Q: How much can I get for my gold?

A: Gold is valued by its purity and weight. Pure gold is 24 k gold, but most gold is made from 10 k, 14 k, or 18 k gold. 24 k gold is 99.9% pure, while 18 k gold is 75% gold, and 12 k gold 50% gold. Another metal such as copper alloys with gold and gives it strength.

The value of your gold is determined by its purity, weight, and the market price of gold on a particular day.

Q: How do I get paid?

A: We pay you in cash or check.

Q: What is the GIA?

A: The GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA is the foremost educational facility for gemology in the world. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that has no affiliation with any sales or promotional organization within the jewelry industry. It does not buy, sell, or appraise.

Q: What are GIA reports?

A: The GIA TRADE LABORATORY , a wholly owned subsidiary, is the hallmark of reliability, integrity, and consistency in diamond grading, identification, and research. The GIA reports have become internationally recognized as setting the standard for grading excellence. In keeping with our philosophy at the Diamond Source, we want to fully disclose information to assist our customers to choose the best value. We offer educational materials as well as a one-on-one educational consultation, so that anyone can interpret the information on the reports.