Looking for the perfect diamond, but don’t know how to recognise one? Allow us to take you through some simple lessons.
While looking for the perfect diamond, remember the 4 Cs. Carat. Clarity. Colour. Cut.
Carat is what makes you pay more for a diamond. If you are buying a diamond that below a carat, then what you pay for the diamond is significantly lower, diamond prices go up at the full and half carat weights. Also remember to choose the setting of your jewellery sensibly when you have a diamond weighing a carat or more, as the setting must be able to hold the carat weight of the diamond. A tip: If you have slender fingers, the smallest diamond will appear larger.
Diamonds that fall below the 1 carat range are not expected to be clear. In such a category, clarity is least important. Instead go for a lower clarity range for a higher cut or colour grade. If you ever get a clarity range of say s12 instead of a specific grade, then it means that the diamond is not certified by GIA, it is only an estimate on the seller’s part about the gem’s clarity using GIA terminology. If you don’t have a sizeable budget then go for a diamond with a visible imperfection, you can always conceal the flaw beneath a skilled setting of prongs or bezels. On the other hand, if clarity matters a lot to you, then go for a VVS2 or a better diamond. Don’t wear FL or IF diamonds on a daily basis, the wear and tear will reduce clarity of these diamonds. Clarity can be enhanced with techniques like fracture filling and laser drills.
Did you know that as a diamond’s size increases the colour becomes more prominent? Keep this fact in mind while buying a diamond that’s two carats or more. The colour difference between two diamonds can only be detected with a image enhancing machine or lens. Though the difference between diamonds of one colour grade to another might be so minor that detecting without aid might be tough, the savings on it can be huge. Remember to highlight the colour of your diamonds make sure it is set in metal that complements the colour. Unarguably, diamonds are best set in gold or platinum.
Last but not the least, cut is a vital feature to be considered while buying a diamond. The cut is what determines the beauty of a diamond. While colour, clarity and carat are a function of nature, cut is determined by man. What does cut refer to? Polish, proportions and symmetry of a stone is what cut is all about. The ability of its angles and finish to handle light and its brilliance. How does one determine if a diamond is well cut? If light enters through the table and travels to the pavilion, where it reflects from one side to the other before it shines out back from the diamond through the table and your eye. The light is the brilliance and it’s this sparkle that makes diamonds a girl’s best friend! How does one know if the cut is poor? In this case the light will spill from the sides and the bottom of the diamond, a poor cut limits the quantity of light from entering a diamond. Poor cuts make a diamond look dark and dull. The no matter the colour or clarity, the diamond will cease to sparkle. Hence a good cut probably is the first thing a diamond should have.