Choosing The Right Diamond For You
We at House of Diamonds understand that buying a diamond is an important & large purchase, often one of the largest purchases of life. With this in mind, at House of Diamonds we want you to know & understand exactly what you are buying & what your chooses are, to help with this we have composed a simple four point guide to aid & enable you in your decision making to find the perfect diamond that is right for you.
This is a collection of measurements and visual observations that determine the relationship between a diamond's light performance, dimensions and finish. The Cut is considered by most gemologists to be the most important attribute of a diamond, determining its brilliance as a diamond with perfect color and clarity but with a poor cut will have dulled brilliance.
As well as cut, the stones size can also influence brilliance in the form of how the light travels through & exits out of a diamond.
Cut Determines Brilliance
Establishing a diamond's cut grade is more than a list of width and depth measurements. Using an optical measuring device, we create a 3D model of the diamond's angles & proportions, the relationship between these will affect its brilliance, fire & scintillation, this how it looks to the eye. These can also be measured using computer modeling that traces light as it enters & exits the diamond.
Sparkle & Shine
Sparkle & shine are features achieved by a diamonds polish and symmetry in the cutting process.
The polish grade refers the smoothness of a diamond's facets & its symmetry grade to the alignment of these facets.
Diamonds with symmetry grades of fair (F) or poor (P) light may misdirected as it enters & exits the diamond thus affecting its brilliance.
With poor polish the surface of the facet can be dulled, which may result a blurred or subdued sparkle.
A Diamond divides light into a spectrum of colours, like a prism it reflects it in colourful flashes which are called 'fire', the clearer the diamond the brighter & more colourful the spectrum. Any colour in the diamond itself filters the light & thus the fire that is seen.
The less colour in a diamond the better the colour grade.
House of Diamonds Diamond Color
At House of Diamonds, you'll find only the finest diamonds with colour grades D-J.
Diamonds graded J or better are colourless or near-colourless with their colour being typically non visible to the unaided eye.
The level of colour in diamonds graded K-Z detracts from their beauty, which is especially noticeable when set in platinum or white gold.
The most sought after diamonds are therefore absolutely clear, in-turn making them the most expensive. Many diamonds have inclusions which are tiny scratches, trace minerals or other minute flaws that can detract from the pure beauty of the diamond.
The GIA & EGL use a detailed system of standards & rules to summarize the type, size, number & location of any such inclusions within a diamond.
Once you have decided the cut, colour & clarity of the diamond that you are looking for, the carat weight can be determined by your budget level. The way in which diamonds are mind means that small diamonds are more frequently found then larger ones, making larger gems rarer & more valuable.
Diamond prices rise exponentially with carat weight, making a single 2-carat diamond of a given quality worth more than two 1-carat diamonds of the same quality.
Choosing The Size
When choosing the size of Caret weight that is right for you there are a few factors to consider, both financial & physical, that is: the size of her finger, her personal style, the choice & size of the setting and the budget.
If you have a set budget, explore all your options and you'll find that there is a wide range of diamond carat weights and qualities available to you in your price range. If a large carat weight is important to you, but you're working to a budget, consider a diamond with a good cut, SI1–SI2 clarity, and an I or J colour grade.
Bare in mind that the smaller the finger, the larger the diamond will appear. A 1½-carat diamond solitaire looks much larger on a size 4 finger than a size 8 .
If your recipient of the diamond is not used to wearing jewelry or is very active she may find herself bumping her new ring. Consider a smaller gem size or a setting that protects a larger diamond from getting knocked.
If you have already chosen a setting, make sure you choose a diamond to fit. Look for the diamond size specifications of your ring or ask your House of Diamonds diamond and jewellery consultant who will be happy to recommend a size for you.