Courtney Beck Antolik

Courtney Beck Antolik is a geologist and science writer based in Denver, CO. She received a B.S. (2010) in Geology from Texas A&M University and an M.S. (2013) in Geological Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Courtney’s experience with minerals includes a zircon geochronology project and a semester teaching mineralogy labs. Her favorite mineral is beryl, but diamond is a close second.

Articles by Courtney Beck Antolik

James Allen Diamond Cut Guide: Overview, Grades, Quality and Price

James Allen Diamond Cut Guide: Overview, Grades, Quality and Price

Diamond Cuts When it comes to sparkle, a diamond’s cut is the deciding factor. Cut describes how a diamond’s surface...
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How to Buy a Lab-Grown Diamond in 2021

How to Buy a Lab-Grown Diamond in 2021

Lab-Grown Diamonds: The Basics Can you tell that this 1.57-carat Princess cut diamond was grown in a lab? Lab-grown diamonds...
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Buying Guide: Canadian Diamonds

Buying Guide: Canadian Diamonds

Diamond Mining in Canada  This photo from Ritani shows what diamonds look like from the mine. Rough diamonds need to...
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Diamond Cuts 101: What You Should Know Before You Buy

Diamond Cuts 101: What You Should Know Before You Buy

When it comes to buying a diamond, the cut is the most important of the 4 Cs. Diamond cuts is...
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Diamond Measurements: What You Should Know Before You Buy

Diamond Measurements: What You Should Know Before You Buy

If you’re shopping for the perfect diamond, think beyond the carats. A diamond’s measurement is more than just carats–consider its...
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Cubic Zirconia Vs. Diamonds

Cubic Zirconia Vs. Diamonds

If you’re looking for a lab-made stone for your engagement ring, you’ll find that there are a lot of options...
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Champagne and Brown Diamond Buying Guide – Natural Diamonds with a Hint of Warmth

Champagne and Brown Diamond Buying Guide – Natural Diamonds with a Hint of Warmth

A champagne diamond set in rose gold. The warmth of the diamond and the rose gold is both soft and...
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Are Flawless Diamonds Perfect?

Are Flawless Diamonds Perfect?

To most people, the word “flawless” means perfect. When it comes to diamonds, however, it’s a bit more nuanced. Internally...
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Black Diamond Buying Guide – Dark & Stunning

Black Diamond Buying Guide – Dark & Stunning

Dark and stunning black diamonds are taking center stage in engagement rings. From Leibish. Black diamonds are an attractive alternative...
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