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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a conflict diamond and how do I avoid them?

Conflict diamonds are ones that are illegally mined and sold to finance terrorist activities and war - they are also known as blood diamonds. In order to avoid inadvertently buying a blood diamond, ensure you know the origin AND provenance of your diamond, and ensure it is guaranteed conflict-free and GIA certified. Even better, if there is a laser ID number on the girdle of the diamond, matching it with the guarantee certificate, tracing it to origin.



When buying a diamond engagement ring, how do I determine a budget?

Remember that the purpose of an engagement ring is to symbolize your love, passion and commitment. It’s one of the most meaningful gifts you will ever give your significant other, so at Shimansky, we say that you should follow your heart. But the traditional rule of thumb is that you should spend at least two months’ gross salary on an engagement ring. So, if you earn $100 000 per year, you should try to save up around $15 000, but this math here should be seen as a guideline and not necessarily a goal. And anyway, how do you put a price on love?



What should I consider when purchasing diamonds?

The most important considerations when looking for a diamond, is the 4Cs of diamond grading - Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat weight - but at Shimansky we also like to add a fifth 'C' - Confidence. You can read all about them in detail here.



Do ethically sourced diamonds cost more?

Definitely not. One may be forgiven for thinking so, given the additional measures and controls employed to ensure our diamonds are ethically sourced. Our vertical integration from mine to finger, ensures that our diamonds are ethically sourced and that the value saved is passed directly on to the customer.



Why do nearly identical diamonds differ in price?

No two diamonds are the same. While they may have the same characteristics when comparing the 4Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat), there are a number of factors that distinguish one diamond from the next. These could be the location and size of inclusions, fluorescence, overall cut grade, the distribution of light within the diamond. Ultimately, each diamond has its own character that goes well beyond the 4Cs.



How do I figure out my ring size?

Please click on this handy ring size guide which will help you identify what is your correct ring size.



How do I best care and maintain my new jewelry purchase?

There are several ways to keep your jewelry clean and the diamond sparkling. We have the ultimate guide to cleaning your fine jewelry here, for you to read all about it.



How do I get an appraisal for my jewelry?

You must supply your diamond certificate when asking for a valuation or appraisal of your Shimansky jewelry. This is the starting point for the appraisal, and we strongly advise that you do get the creation appraised and insured, based on this. A qualified diamond appraiser will conduct this valuation objectively. Valuations are influenced by the availability and production of diamonds, global economic trends and economic recessions. Because the factors that influence the valuation fluctuate, it is advisable to have your diamond jewelry appraised on a regular basis.



How do I resize an engagement ring? Are there any restrictions?


We will assist you in any way we can to size your ring accurately for you. Although it is possible to resize all our rings, unfortunately it does come with potential risks and disadvantages. Certain ring settings, like the channel setting and tension setting, for example, are difficult to resize. Resizing rings with small micro-set diamonds or with delicate settings may compromise the strength of the setting, causing the diamond to be less secure. Resizing a ring with a very thin shank may also make the ring weaker. So, we advise you to always measure first, as a preference, and use our handy ring size guide, before you buy - or get the BFF involved to communicate the correct ring size!