Fashion come and fashions go, yet the old adage “Diamonds are Forever” lives on. No matter what the change in trends, a diamond will keep year in year out. Selecting the perfect diamond jewelry can, for some people, be a very hard task. However, there is an important process which if followed can make this decision a lot easier, and help in every process.
Finding the Right Diamond
If you’re thinking of getting engaged (congratulations!!) you need to make the right choice; selecting the right diamond is a very emotional decision, so it’s very important to find a diamond that appeals to both of you on a deep level. Understanding and knowing what shape you want and the basics like the 4 C’s, can only help you make the best choice.
The Four C’s:
You may have heard of the four C’s before (cut, colour, clarity, and carat), knowing this before you start looking for a diamond could make all the difference in what you finally choose.
The majority of diamonds will be cut round, and each of these with a full 58 facets. A good cut or make of diamond will also have more sparkle. To ensure that the most amount of light is able to get through the diamond is down to the work of the master cutter. It is the cut that enables a diamond to be able to make most of the light.
Yellow is the most common color in a diamond, although this is only a very slight hint. It is the amount of yellow in the diamond, on which the diamond color scale is based. Each color grade is determined on the smallest of range, and is compared using a set of master stones to help grade it.
Diamonds are graded either D – Z, or 0 – 10 depending on what scale is being used. D and 0 represent the whitest stone available, which translates to the highest value.
The color of a diamond is best determined by viewing it from the side, un-mounted, against a white background, using a fluorescent bulb. Always remember that by dropping just one color grade in a diamond, will sometimes make very little difference to the look of the stone, but can make all the difference when it comes to the price.
The fewer the amount of imperfections a diamond has, the rarer the stone is and the higher the value. There are factors that determine the clarity of a diamond and these are:
All of the above will be taken into consideration when given a clarity grade.
A carat is the weight measuring unit equal to 0.2 grams. This is the internationally recognized way of measuring diamonds.
Rough diamonds come in all shapes and sizes, as well as colors and purities. The larger, whiter and cleaner the diamond, the rarer it is. More weight will equal more money, so many diamond cutters will sacrifice quality to maximize carat weight and therefore profit. So do take this into consideration when you’re trying to make the difficult decision when buying jewellery between a say a 1 carat diamond ring and a 2 carat solitaire diamond ring.
It is crucial to realize that the weight of the diamond does not always mean that it will equal size or beauty. A diamond that has been poorly cut can intend to maximize size and therefore be dull and lifeless.