Wedding

Shine Bright like a Diamond

 I just want to share some tips I found when it comes to engagement ring shopping and finding the diamond perfect for you.

When it comes to looking at diamonds everyone talks about the 4 C’s .

So what are the 4 C’s

  • Cut
  • Colour
  • Clarity
  • Carat
  • .

I would suggest to speak to someone that can show you a range of diamonds and that way you can actually see the difference that cut/colour/clarity makes.

Budget 

First you should decide on your budget, that way when you speak to a jeweler they can help find what you want while staying within your budget. We always looked at a wholesalers as it is much cheaper than purchasing from a jewelry store, you’re also able to have  your ring custom made and actually be able to choose the diamond you are after.

Shape

Think about what shape stone you would like

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 Each stone is so beautiful and unique and you probably want them all but when it comes to choosing one think about which style you would love not only now but in 20 years time.

Pick a shape that fits with your personality, I know that sounds weird but that’s how I chose mine.

When you have found a shape you like do a bit of research and see what are the variations of that shape and which one in particular would you want.

For example I love the cushion cut, to me that seems to be the perfect in between of round and princess and I had my eye on it for years. With cushion cut diamonds they can be either more square or oblong and each diamond is different. I wasn’t too fussed on it being either but did prefer slightly oblong just for size reasons.

Cut

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Now when I was looking at diamonds when I heard cut I thought it meant the shape of the diamond but in fact it is about the cuts within the diamond that create the facets.

It is “the symmetry, proportioning and polish of a diamond. The cut of a diamond greatly affects a diamond’s brilliance this means if it is cut poorly, it will be less luminous.”

There are several different facet options available for round and cushion cut diamonds, I’m not too sure for the other shapes but this is something you can bring up with your jeweler and get them to show you the different facets available.

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The grade of the cut is another important thing to look at, the image above shows 3 examples. To repeat what is says because the writing is too small

Too Deep: “many diamonds are cut too deep because this conserves weight and the cutters are paid based on how much weight they retain. At the extreme a deep diamond exhibits a dark center and is often called a ‘nailhead’ in the jewelry trade.”

Too Shallow : “other diamonds are cut too shallow because they look bigger that way. Shallow diamonds leak light and often appear ‘watery’. At the extreme a shallow diamond exhibits a reflective pattern known as a ‘fisheye’ in the jewellery trade.”

Ideal Cut: “Ideal cut diamonds have precisely measured angles designed for the optimal balance of fire and brilliance.

Colour

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So colour is pretty obvious, the highest colour you can buy for a diamond is D grade meaning it is colourless. From my experience anything from E – H is good, you obviously do start to notice the yellow more the lower you go  but unless you are comparing it other diamonds you won’t really notice the difference.

What I also noticed was the cut really makes a different in how noticeable a colour is in a diamond. We went to this one Jeweler who showed us an N colour stone but because the cut in it was amazing and reflected light beautifully I would have thought it was a J or K.

Another tip we received when looking at diamonds was that if you are going for a higher grade colour D – E then it is best to set it in white gold because when set in yellow gold it will reflect the colour and take away from it a high grade colour and so if you have a stone with visible yellow it would be best to set it in yellow gold so the yellow in the diamond doesn’t stand out so much making it appear whiter.

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Clarity

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The image above shows the meaning of the clarity grades when it comes to diamonds.

Obviously with anything that is created ther

I found this article from beyond 4 Cs which goes into more detail about the types of inclusions that can be found in a stone.

Each stone is unique in where the inclusions are located so sometimes if it is cut well and is an SI1 grade you won’t really be able to tell where the inclusions are unless you were looking for it.

Carat

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Carat is the weight of the stone. This is measured by looking at the distance in millimeters across the top of the diamond and the diamond’s cut grade.

If you have smaller fingers than small carats will look bigger on you so if you can try on a few different carat sizes and see how they look on you.

Remember this is something you will wear everyday so make sure you will be comfortable with it on all the time.

Finally

In order to help you stick to a budget figure out what is the most important aspect of the diamond to you. Do want it to be the highest colour but don’t mind going down on carat and clarity or would you rather a bigger size but don’t mind going down on colour. When speaking to your Jeweler let them know what you want from your diamond and they can help you find your perfect stone.

I hope this helps some of you when it comes to choosing your perfect diamond.

 

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