An exclusive collection of quality diamonds, hand selected by us using the highest standards set by the American Gem Society (AGS).
Since we hand select these diamonds ourselves from the thousands of diamonds we inspect and study each year, the Maurer Star Diamonds are much more affordable than other “branded" AGS diamonds on the market today.
Maurer Star Diamonds are our own, in-house brand. They’re an exclusive collection of round diamonds that we searched for, found, and hand-selected during our diamond buying trips around the world. To be in this collection, a diamond must receive an AGS cut grade of zero, one, two, three, or four (AGS 0-4)...which are the best possible cut grades, representing the very best in diamond cutting. Without exaggeration, this means that in Maurer Star Diamonds, you’re literally looking at the finest cut diamonds in the world.
Here at Vanscoy, Maurer & Bash Diamond Jewelers we have directly imported diamonds from Antwerp, Belgium, for over 35 years. Around 95% of our diamonds come from Fischler Diamonds, with offices in Antwerp, New York, Hong Kong, and Santiago. Fischler is a specialty diamond cutting firm that specializes in the finest cut diamonds available. They do not sell to the chain stores. Fischler only selects the finest jewelry stores that adhere to the highest standards of excellence. We are proud of our 35+ year history with Fischler.
Maurer Star Diamonds
You’ll select your diamond based on whatever factors mean the most to you. Maybe it's shape, size, or cost. But if you’re motivated primarily by the symbolism behind giving the absolute best of the best, then you want to prioritize the cut grade of the diamond.
For generations, the diamond industry has known that the cut grade is the most important factor in a diamond’s beauty. Color and clarity are important characteristics to consider, but unless those are terrible, nobody will even notice them. What you, and everyone else, will notice about a diamond, other than its size, is how much fire and sparkle it has. Color and clarity have almost no influence on that; it’s all in the cut. What you see across the room is how well the diamond was cut. Plain and simple, it is the engineering of the diamond (cut) that makes all the difference in the world. And that is what we are very strict about – how the diamond is cut.
Maurer Star Diamonds are literally the best cut diamonds in the world. All Maurer Star Diamonds have received an AGS cut grade of 0 to 4, (AGS scale goes from 0 to 10, with 0 being the best, the Ideal cut). There are 11 steps on the AGS cut grade scale, with only 5 on the GIA scale. More steps means that AGS can sort out the smallest differences in order to truly find the most ideal diamonds.
While each of the round diamonds in our exclusive Maurer Star collection vary by color, clarity, and carat weight, the AGS 0-4 cut grades are what they all have in common. Each is perfectly cut to reflect the most brilliant explosion of light that everyone wants in their diamond.
It was the American Gem Society (AGS), in 2005, that became the very first diamond grading laboratory to bring clear standards to the quality of a diamond’s cut. The AGS did this by basing their cut grading on both three-dimensional modeling and on the actual appearance of the diamond. Other laboratories have since followed suit with systems of their own, but we have always been a believer that the AGS system is the most thorough and trustworthy.