Diamonds are valued by how closely they approach colorlessness – the less color, the high the value, the more rare. GIA's color scale begins with D representing colorless, and continues increasing presence of color to Z for diamonds that appear light yellow or brown. Each letter grade has a clearly defined range of color. Diamonds are color graded by comparing them to master stones under a controlled environment. Many diamond color distinctions are so subtle they are invisible to the untrained eye, however, these slight differences make a very big difference in diamond quality and price.
Saettele Jewelers is committed to selling precious gemstones and diamonds that were mined through socially and environmentally responsible means. -we demand that all of our diamond suppliers have been purchased through legitimate "conflict free" sources.
It is our policy to purchase loose gemstones that have been approved through the Kimberly Process. The Kimberly process is a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments. The Kimberley Process imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as "conflict-free". Abiding by the rules and guidelines of the Kimberly Process insures that we never purchase from regions of the world where trading in such gemstones funds governments engaging in human rights violations. In a global business like jewelry, we feel that our commitment to community extends far beyond the local area that we directly serve and represent.