Our Diamonds - Celestial Diamonds
Are Midwinter Co. Diamonds real?
Yes, they are indeed genuine, real, natural, made of pure carbon from the earth like your classic diamonds. We only work with reliable sources with fair trade practices.
We often work with amazing and stunning natural diamonds that we call Celestial diamonds, a.k.a. Salt and Pepper diamonds. Everything about the diamond is a real diamond, and possibly even more real than your "standard" diamond that may have been heat treated or had it's inclusions microscopically removed. The perfectly imperfect stones are each unique, and since they are not your standard mass-purchased stone in our industry, isn't worth the effort to "bad guys" to make fakes that look like these.
You can buy a diamond tester and test any diamond at home.
Why do the Celestial Diamonds look different?
They are unique because of their natural character. All genuine diamonds are mined from the earth and are made of carbon. Because they are formed deep within the earth, all diamonds have birthmarks. Some diamonds have carbon that has not crystalized that create the dark character in our diamonds. Diamonds are graded on their clarity, and most jewelers and businesses in the industry prefer specific color and clarity grade. We simply do not conform to the mainstream idea of perfection, and believe our diamonds are the epitome of true perfection: each is unique, real, and stunningly beautiful in it's own right... just like the person wearing it.
Are they certified?
We can offer only certified, high clarity and stunning natural diamonds if that is what you are interested in working with.
For our Celestial Diamonds: No, but they can be certified upon request ($100+ fee for GIA). To put it simply, they just have not gone through the certification process. Businesses often send their diamonds to be certified before they set, or they employ a GIA graduate gemologist to do that work. This does not make our diamonds any less genuine or less special than a certified diamond. Since our diamonds are not the jeweler's standard diamond, they are skipped over in this process because they often just aren't "perfect" enough to even possibly be a fake. We can offer to send your diamond to GIA to be certified for you before we set it, pricing varies on what they charge per carat. You may also want to get it independently appraised locally. These are all optional, and up to you to make a decision on what you feel is necessary for you.
How do I pick one?
When you work with us, it is all through e-mail. It is a simple process where we start by feeling out your budget, ideas, favorite stones you've seen us use, and we go from there. Our designer Samantha sends you images, videos, and/or virtual mockups of your diamond options. It's best to start by filling out our Custom Work Inquiry form, and let us know if there is a setting we have that you love!