Glossary

Click any of the topics below to learn more about the natural gemstones, jewelry-making details, and ethical initiatives that are a part of all Waant designs.

Black Diamonds

This is probably the most common question we get: what are black diamonds? By treating natural diamonds with heat or radiation, they become opaque black diamonds, giving you the hardness of true diamonds with a glossy, inky shade you won't find anywhere else. Waant has a strict "no treatments" policy, meaning we'll never set a stone that's been tweaked to make a lower quality gem appear better than it really is, but we make one exception for black diamonds. Place a black diamond at the center of a ring and something traditional suddenly becomes an edgy, modern statement that's nothing like your grandmother's ring.

Brilliant Cut

Can you think of a better name for the sparkling look of the brilliant cut? With a precise arrangement of 57 facets, the brilliant cut is the benchmark for white diamonds, but it also enhances the tone and shine of colored gems, too. These stones represent the pinnacle of the gem cutter's art and bring unmatched brightness to any setting. Look no further if you want your ring to showcase the most beautiful creations that nature has to offer.

Certificate

Whenever you design a Waant ring with a white diamond center, your finished piece will include a diamond certificate. It's your gemstone's pedigree, proving that it's been evaluated by professional gemologists in a laboratory setting. We'll think knowing what you're getting is essential, so we'll never sell a white diamond engagement ring that doesn't have a certificate.

Champagne Diamonds

Though white is the most famous, diamonds actually occur in lots of colors and champagne is one of our favorites. Naturally brown with a yellow tint, these diamonds add extra romance to rings with a combination of bright sparkle and rich tone. Best of all, you get all the virtues of a natural diamond like superior hardness and incredible fire. We never use treated champagne diamonds and want you to enjoy the color that was made entirely by the miracle of nature and time.

Four C's of Diamonds

Regardless of what setting you choose, you need to know the fundamentals of gems so you can customize your ring with confidence. The Four C's—Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat—are the basics we use to grade and select all the stones that we offer at Waant. These criteria can be used for almost any type of gemstone, but we always use them for diamonds.

Cut

A diamond right out of the ground isn't much to look at, but grind away a piece here and polish a facet there and you'll end up with a sparkling stone. Properly cut diamonds have certain angles and proportions that let light in from the top, reflect it against the bottom, and then disperse it through the top again. Too shallow and light leaks out of the bottom; too tall and light veers off through the sides. Like Goldilocks, you want your all your diamonds cut just right to make them as beautiful as nature can allow.

Color

Though we call them "white diamonds", what we really mean is "colorless". Because they're formed naturally, diamonds can contain trace amounts of other materials, giving them various tints. Historically, the brighter and more colorless a diamond, the more highly they're valued, but we think that other people's standards aren't as important as yours. If you want brilliance and fire, let us know and we'll find you the most colorless stone we can find. If you want warmth and romance, consider the amber tint of a champagne diamond. There's a whole spectrum for you to discover.

Clarity

Clarity is a measure of how many inclusions inside and blemishes on a diamond's surface can be seen, ranging from the spectacular sparkle of a flawless white to the moody glimmer of a highly included grey. Though clarity has a fundamental effect on how a diamond catches the light, we don't treat it as the be-all and end-all of diamond grading that traditional jewelers have done for decades. And don't forget that skilled artisans—from the cutter grinding your diamond into shape to the setter carefully putting your stone in its place—will always do the utmost to bring out a diamond's natural beauty.

Carat

Bigger is better, right? Wrong. The first thing everyone asks whenever they see a diamond ring is how much the center stone weighs, but we take a more holistic approach and want you to think about what's the right size for you. What might look petite on another hand might be just right for you and what's enormous on you might be perfectly suited to someone else. Larger diamonds are weighed by carat, while smaller diamonds like the ones we use to accent your setting, are weighed by points with 100 points to 1 carat. Learning what weight you like best will ensure you never overpay for more diamond than you can comfortably wear.

Gallery

Nothing should ever come between you and your engagement ring. Well, except the ring's gallery: the space between your stone and your finger. A proper gallery gives your stone plenty of room, but doesn't leave it hanging, either. We design, measure, build, and rebuild rings so that each stone has the perfect amount of space and sits perfectly when you wear it.

Gold

Pure gold is very soft, so it's alloyed with other metals like copper, silver, and zinc to create the 14 karat gold that we use. This means that 14 out of 24 parts are gold, giving you the ideal balance of luxurious color, bright shine, and long-lasting strength. Yellow gold is the most classic color and a foolproof way to make your jewelry look timeless. It showcases gold's natural tone best and is a great way to give unusual gemstone centers a traditional touch. White gold is pale yellow gold finished with a final plating of rhodium for a brilliant white finish. It's a clean, neutral hue that lets white diamonds shine their brightest. It can also create bold contrast with smokier, more included gems. Rose gold features more copper, giving it warm color. It's an easy way to add romance and drama to simple settings and one of our favorite ways to enhance the natural glow of champagne diamonds.

Grey Diamonds

Grey diamonds have a unique energy about them. Most get their color from hydrogen which appears within each diamond in the form of inclusions. We lovingly refer to these as little markings of earth. Unlike other colored diamonds, grey diamonds have little to no saturation; their color comes exclusively from what's inside. Some stones have a warm tone, other are cooler, and each can be accentuated by the metal it's set in. We work hard to match your ring with the right stone when setting your custom piece.

Montana Sapphires

We often think of gemstones as exotic things found in the far corners of the globe, but Montana has been a source for world-class sapphires since the late 1890s. The ground in Montana hides an entire rainbow, with sapphires naturally occuring in pale yellows, soft greens, and vivid blues. Most gem-grade stones range from light, steely blues to oceanic blue-greens and make an unmistakable statement with their color and quality. We admit that these are some of our favorite gems because of the personality to bring to even the simplest rings.

Platinum

We've known about platinum for ages, but it wasn't until the last few centuries that jewelers learned how to work this beautiful, durable metal. Platinum is heavier and denser than gold, making it feel substantial on the hand and less likely to break. It's bright white tone makes it one of our favorite settings for colorless stones, but it's a gorgeous contrast against darker stones, too. It's completely hypo-allergenic, too, making it the ideal choice for people with sensitive skin. We finish our platinum pieces with white rhodium plating to make it especially bright and crisp.

Rose Cut

Modern women love the rose cut's elegant silhouette and subtle shimmer, but don't call this centuries-old style a throwback. Simple and stunning, the rose cut was the jeweler's cut of choice for hundreds of years. Unlike modern rounds, the rose cut is flat on its bottom with a domed surface, giving any setting an architectural beauty and creating a more subtle sparkle. If you love diamonds, but want a more restrained, understated look, then a rose cut might be your perfect stone.

Salt and Pepper Diamonds

No, we're not talking about food; salt and pepper is how we describe included white diamonds—which is the technical term for white diamonds with visible, natural markings inside. Inclusions like speckles, feathers, crystals, and clouds have traditionally been considered flaws, but treat them as a unique fingerprint for each stone, giving you gorgeous texture that makes each a true one-of-a-kind. Because they've long been considered lesser than white diamonds, salt and pepper diamonds offer fantastic value for their size and are just as durable. Peer into the center of one of these natural stunners and you might just fall in love with their hypnotic beauty.

Shank

The shank of a ring is what the setting rests upon and what most people mean when they describe the band of a ring that you actually wear. Like the foundation of a building, the shank supports the entire design and choosing the right shank for you is just as important as choosing the right stone. Shanks come in a number of shapes, widths, and fits and Waant has perfected a whole range of them so your ring fits just the way you like.