Diamond and Jewelry Education in Berkeley and Oakland, CA
At Pavé, we pride ourselves in hand-selecting and carefully evaluating each diamond and gemstone that we purchase to ensure the best cut, quality and value for our clients. We are known for our love of color and have a wide selection of colored gemstones as well as rare colored diamonds. We also carry a large selection of fine white colorless diamonds in a variety of cuts, including interesting antique cut diamonds. If we do not have the perfect diamond or gemstone in stock for you, we are happy to locate one from one of our trusted vendors. Our experienced sales and design staff will lead you through the process of selecting the perfect fine diamond or gemstone for you and creating a design that reflects your unique style.
Diamonds Not from Pavé
Whether you inherited family jewels or decided to purchase a diamond elsewhere, we invite you to come in to create your one-of-a-kind Pavé setting.
Luxury with a Conscience
At Pavé, we care about and support ecological practices, human rights issues, and our local community. We work with trusted vendors who align with our values. In addition to our own jewelry, we carry the work of many independent and/or local designers. Also, we regularly donate to numerous community agencies, schools and causes.
Conflict Free Diamonds
At Pavé, we sell certified conflict free diamonds from around the world. We also have a fine selection of Canadian diamonds, which are guaranteed to be conflict free and are mined according to Canada's strict environmental laws.
All metal used in our Pavé jewelry is recycled. We obtain metal from a vendor that specializes in recycled metals only. In addition, we use metal from our clients' recycled jewelry when possible or submit the unusable metal scrap for recycling.
Recycle or rework old unworn jewelry
If you are interested in letting go of old unworn jewelry, some people choose our cash offer to recycle metal and gemstones. However, many clients opt for store credit, at double the cash value, to apply toward reworking the piece into a new custom design or toward a new purchase that fits their present life. Please call for an appointment to have your pieces evaluated for cash or trade.
Care of Your Jewelry
We offer free jewelry cleaning which is an excellent opportunity to check for any loose gemstones and needed repairs. With regular maintenance, your well-made jewelry should last through time.
The 4C's of Diamond Buying
The 4C's classify the value of diamonds. Every diamond's price, rarity and beauty are determined by the combination of cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.
Cut describes the proportions and angles of a diamond. Many people confuse cut with the shape of the diamond. Although nature determines the other three characteristics, it takes a master diamond cutter to reveal a diamond's true beauty. Diamonds are available in various shapes including round, square, pear, heart, marquise and oval but cut refers to the angles and proportions of a diamond. A well cut diamond reflects light from one mirror-like facet to another and projects the light through the top of the stone. The result is a fiery and brilliant display. Diamonds that are cut too deep or too shallow leak light through the side or bottom, resulting in a lackluster appearance and diminished value.
White colorless diamonds remain the most popular, even though diamonds are found in a kaleidoscope of colors. Diamonds are graded on a color scale implemented by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), ranging from D, which is colorless, to Z. Color differences can be so subtle that diamond colors are graded under controlled lighting conditions and are compared to a master set for accuracy. While truly colorless diamonds, graded D, are treasured for their rarity, diamond color is ultimately a very personal taste. Ask to see an array of color grades next to one another to help you determine your color preference.
Nature ensures that each diamond is as individual as the person who wears it. Naturally occurring inclusions such as minerals or fractures are identifying characteristics created while diamonds are formed in the earth. Jewelers use magnification to view diamonds at 10x their actual size so these tiny inclusions are more easily seen. Inclusions are measured on a scale of perfection, known as clarity, which was established by GIA. The greater a diamond's clarity, the more rare and valuable it is. An inclusion in the middle or top of a diamond could impact the dispersion of light, making it less brilliant.
Carat is a diamond's measure of weight, not size. One full carat is equal to 100 points. A 3/4 carat diamond is the same as 75 points. Since larger diamonds are found less frequently in nature, a 1 carat diamond will cost more than twice a 1/2 carat diamond (assuming all other characteristics remain constant). The cut and the mounting can make a diamond appear larger than its actual weight. Our experienced staff will help you find the right diamond and mounting to optimize its beauty.