Believed by ancient cultures to be
the tears of the gods or fallen splinters of stars, diamonds
have been treasured for over 2500 years. Their name comes
from the ancient Greek term adamas, "impossible to
tame", a perfect descriptor for the intense beauty
of one of the world’s most spectacular gems. Today,
diamonds have become one of the most popular gemstones
and a diamond engagement or wedding ring is said to be
a symbol of eternity and love.
At Elleard Heffern, every diamond we sell is competitively priced and is of high quality, be it is a 5.00ct. emerald-cut solitaire or a .05ct. full-cut round diamond in a pave’ earring. Every diamond we sell weighing more than 1.00ct. is independently graded by the GIA or AGS and has its own unique diamond certificate. Elleard Heffern diamonds are never treated, laser-drilled, fracture-filled or enhanced in any manner other than expert cutting and polishing, nor do we sell diamond substitutes or synthetics. We use “Best Practices” in our purchasing, working only with diamond cutters who certify ethical business practices that do not violate human rights.
Whether you have researched diamonds for months or are just getting a general idea of what diamonds are all about, our experienced sales staff welcomes the opportunity to meet you and answer as many questions as you might have. Our bridal selection includes many finished rings already set with center stones, as well as mountings and loose diamonds. In general, our loose diamond inventory begins at one carat in weight, ranges from D color to K color and from flawless to SI1 clarity. We specialize in large (5.00ct. and larger) fancy shapes, especially Asscher, cushion and emerald-cuts. If the exact diamond you are looking for isn’t currently in stock, we will find several options within your parameters and present them to you at our next visit together. This will give you the important opportunity to conduct stone-to-stone comparison.
Once you have made your selection, we can teach you more about your beautiful new diamond. You will learn how to find any birthmarks that immediately identify your stone. If the stone is a Lazare diamond, we will show you how to locate the stone’s unique number etched minutely on the girdle. We will make recommendations on how to keep your ring clean, so that it always looks its sparkling best. Of course, any time you drop by the store and would like your ring professionally cleaned and checked, we are happy to do so, promptly and at no charge.