Today, when buying a diamond we first learn of the Four Cs: Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat
. Next we often hear and learn about diamond certificates. At Erstwhile, we primarily use two labs, EGL and the GIA. However, while we certify diamonds today, what a true connoisseur knows is that the original diamond cutter of these diamonds was not cutting only to achieve a good lab report, but rather truly aiming for a diamond of beauty, whether that meant leaving an inclusion or creating a facet angle a little deeper.