Center Stones

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Discover the Right Center Stone for Your Custom Jewelry

Looking for a memorable piece of custom jewelry in Scottsdale? With the vast selection of high-quality diamonds, gems, and precious stones from Cornelis Hollander Designs, you can enjoy something exclusive and meaningful that can last a lifetime. Whether you’re searching for the right diamond to complete one of our award-winning designs, or you need the perfect stone to restore a piece of heirloom jewelry, our experts can help bring your vision to life. Read on to learn more about how our jewelry designers can help you find the perfect center stone, and get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation.

What To Consider When Choosing a Center Stone

Choosing the Right Type of Stone

Without the help of an experienced designer, choosing the right type of gemstone for your jewelry can feel like a daunting task. At Cornelis Hollander Designs, our team members will work closely with you, lending their technical knowledge and creative expertise to help you pick the perfect type of stone for your ring or other piece of jewelry. In the high-dollar world of diamonds and other precious stones, it pays to partner with a local jewelry design company that has a track-record of excellence in the Scottsdale community and around the world. Read on to learn more about the types of stones that we offer, and get in touch with us today to get started!

The breathtaking brilliance, variety of styles, and superior durability of diamonds have made them the center stone of choice for centuries. Diamonds sit atop the Mohs Hardness Scale as the hardest mineral known to man — four times harder than the next center stone option, corundum. At Cornelis Hollander Designs, our partnerships allow us to provide higher-quality diamonds at lower prices than our larger competitors, and all of our diamonds are strictly governed by the Kimberly Process, which is an international initiative that promotes transparency in the diamond industry in order to eliminate the destructive trade of conflict diamonds. Do you have your own diamonds that you’d like to use? In most cases, we can do that, too!

If you’re looking for a center stone that is sure to turn heads and maintain its integrity through daily-wear, look no further.

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Moissanite — a stone whose particles were originally discovered in a meteorite crater in Arizona — is a more affordable, yet still stunning center stone option for your custom jewelry. Less expensive per carat than many other gemstones, yet still registering a 9.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, moissanite is a great option for daily-wear. The reflective properties of moissanite are known to produce a different type of brilliance than diamonds do, especially in sunlight, and because the natural form of this gemstone is so rare, most moissanite is lab-created, making it an eco-friendly center stone that requires no mining.

Visit our jewelry store in Scottsdale to learn more about moissanite, or get in touch with us today to speak with an expert.

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While synthetic Cubic Zirconia sacrifices the hardness and durability found in diamonds, the significant reduction in cost and its ability to approximate the look of diamonds makes it a popular choice. In fact, Cubic Zirconia is a synthetic diamond and nearly indistinguishable from their coveted counterpart when viewed by the naked-eye. Like all lab-created crystals, many wearers appreciate the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing that their stone is “conflict-free.”

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The enchanting hue of sapphire has held hearts captive for centuries. In the United States, this gem is recognized as the birthstone for September, used as a traditional gift to commemorate 45th wedding anniversaries, and adored as a stunning and wearable stone for custom jewelry. Taking its place behind diamonds on the Mohs Hardness Scale, Sapphire is the second hardest precious gemstone known to man, making it an ideal center stone for daily wear. Cut to perfection and incorporated into one of the award-winning designs from Cornelis Hollander, the sapphire can turn your custom jewelry into an enduring statement.

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A precious stone that shares a base material — corundum — with sapphire, the chlorine element in rubies gives them their sparkling, “true red” color. The durability, luster, and rarity of rubies make them a highly coveted choice for many variations of custom jewelry. In fact, the largest, most transparent rubies can be more rare than diamonds. As a durable and breathtaking gem, rubies can be the centerpiece in all forms of jewelry, from bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, to rings, pendants, and more. They can also be used as secondary stones to highlight or complement diamonds or other gemstones. 

Get in touch with the custom jewelry experts at Cornelis Hollander Designs to explore your center stone options today!

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Hear From Our Clients

At Cornelis Hollander Designs, our dedication to excellence is reflected in the superior quality of our diamonds and stones, the painstaking craftsmanship of our designers, and our unyielding commitment to providing an exciting and rewarding experience for our clients. Check out some of our reviews to see why so many of our customers become lifelong clients, and get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation.

Trade-In Program for Diamonds

Have you purchased diamonds from Cornelis Hollander Designs in the past? If so, you may be eligible for our diamond trade-in program. If your diamond meets the following qualifications, you can trade it in to us for the full-price that you originally paid, as long as you put your trade-in towards upgrading to a diamond that is twice the cost. This is an unbeatable offer for those who want to upgrade their diamonds — turning your diamond purchase into a lasting investment! 


To qualify for trade-in, your diamond will be inspected by our experts to ensure the following: