Frequently Asked Questions
What's different about your jewelry store?
We are a family owned and operated jewelry e-commerce store with a mission to help our clients find and create affordable, beautiful high quality fine jewelry that last a lifetime using environmentally friendly and ethically sourced gemstones. Our desire to preserve the environment and create gorgeous jewelry led us to center our material usage around lab-grown gemstones.
What does "lab-grown" gemstone mean?
Lab-grown or lab-created gemstones, also known as synthetic gemstones, are grown in a lab to create chemically and physically identical gemstones to those naturally occurring. Lab-grown gemstones are considered real and authentic in the jewelry industry and pass mechanical tests and jewelers tests for authenticity. Lab-grown gemstones are not termed "genuine" because they are grown in the earth.
What is moissanite?
Moissanite is the closest gemstone resembling diamonds in terms of their chemical composition, appearance, and fire or shine. Moissanite gemstones are actually more rare than diamonds. French chemist Henri Moissan originally found what he thought were diamonds when excavating a meteor crater in Arizona. After sending samples to several geologist, they discovered that it was a new class of gemstone, which was later named after Moissan. Moissanite have since been found naturally in other parts of the world, but are still considered extremely rare. Our 'Featured Moissanite Gemstones' are colorless lab-grown moissanite and display more shine than diamonds along with spectacular durability. Moissanite stones maintain their shine and clarity forever even with daily wear.
What is the Grading Scale for gemstones?
The jewelry industry standard for grading gemstones is the use of the Four C's Scale when grading each gemstone. The criteria evaluated in the Four C's are:
Color - describes the visible color or colorlessness of the gemstone. Usually, one looks for a near colorless gemstone for diamonds and moissanite.
Clarity - describes the amount of inclusions or mineral material visible in the stone to the naked eye. Eye-clean gemstones represent the highest value gemstones.
Cut - describes the shape that the gemstone takes after it has been professionally cut with a number of facets. Typically, symmetrical cuts in the gemstone signify an excellent cut.
Carat (weight) - describes the weight of the gemstone. It is often measured in units of carats. Different minerals have different densities and are not equal in size per carat equivalent. Weights listed for our products are based on the identified gemstone.
What is the Mohs Hardness Scale?
The Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness is a scale ranging from 1 - 10 classifying the ability of a mineral to scratch other minerals, otherwise known as the mineral/gemstone's hardness relative to other minerals. Diamonds are the hardest gemstone at a value of 10, with moissanite rating between 9.25 - 9.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.
Do you sell natural diamond gemstones or jewelry?
We do not sell genuine or natural diamonds for some great reasons. The quality of diamonds has been masterfully replicated with lab-grown, chemically identical diamonds that are environmentally friendly, ethically sourced, and affordable. While diamond jewelry is beautiful, there are options that are now aesthetically superior with higher clarity and cleaner color at lower cost, including both lab-grown diamonds and lab-grown moissanite gemstone jewelry. This provides the opportunity for our customers to create heirloom jewelry pieces that will last a lifetime as well as be a wise choice for years to come.
Do you carry costume jewelry?
Our primary focus at Heather Campins Jewelry is to bring you affordable, high quality gold and platinum jewelry featuring lab-grown gemstones. In some cases, when no lab-grown options are available, we genuine gemstones for some more plentiful gemstones.
Do you carry imitation gemstones, CZs, or fake gemstones?
We do not carry any imitation gemstones, cubic zirconia (CZs), or other fake stones known as 'simulants.' We do carry lab-grown or genuine gemstones that have identical chemical composition as their natural/genuine gemstones found in the earth.
What is Designed by You jewelry?
Our Designed by You jewelry include different styles of fine jewelry mountings which are either unset or partially set (with accent stones), which you can select the type of stone to be set in the jewelry, the center stone size, and the type of stone. These Designed by You pieces are considered custom jewelry and take a little time to set. Please allow about 2 - 4 weeks for delivery of custom Designed by You jewelry. These pieces may take a little time to perfectly set, but will hold a special value that will be cherished by the recipient.