Diamonds Guide: How To Choose The One That You Will Love
Got to the stage in life where you can afford a diamond? Wonderful!
Diamonds are the most popular gem around in 2017, and have been for years. Girls love them. But how do you go about choosing the one you love as opposed to making an expensive mistake?
Diamonds look great. They’re also pretty mythical. We’ve seen them in movies, and we know that people spend literally millions on them. They’re magical!
But what makes one diamond more suited to us than another? Why should we choose this one and not that one?
As it turns out, there is so much to consider during the buying process than our budget. If you want to put a diamond ring on your finger, there are actually a few things you need to take into consideration.
The most important thing to consider is not much a diamond costs. It’s how the diamond is cut. The problem is that this aspect of a diamond is actually really hard to judge – in fact, it’s probably the hardest aspect to judge.
To choose a diamond that’s cut well, you need to pay very careful attention to specific characteristics.
The first characteristic is how brilliant the gem is. Brilliant in this case means how much shine a gem has – how bright it is, how much it twinkles like a star!
The angles that a diamond is cut at is all to do with how well it reflects light. The more efficient it does this, the more the diamond sparkles.
The best angle for the most sparkle is forty-one degrees. However, not all diamonds that are mind are cut in such fabulous proportions. Sometimes, it just isn’t possible. A diamond cutter has to strike the right balance between optimised yield and optimised brilliance. If a cutter was to shave off too much material so that it weighs less, the diamond costs less.
But it might also shine less.
So, if possible it’s a good idea to get your diamond cut at good proportions. Since many diamonds are not cut at ideal proportions, which means that sometimes you’ll have to go with the best-cut. If a diamond cutter cuts the diamond further away from the ideal angles, the diamond won’t be as brilliant.
To get an idea of how brilliant a diamond is, check the stones refractive index. The higher the refractive index is, the more brilliant the diamond is.
You might think that the more colourful a stone is, the more valuable it is. The reality is that the more colourless a diamond is, the more it’s worth.
The current grading system we use colour grade a diamond was actually introduced way back in the nineteen-thirties.
If a diamond is graded D, E or F, the higher its grades. These diamonds are always colourless.
If a diamond is graded G, H, I and J are next in the hierarchy. These are almost colourless, but you can also described as white.
If a diamond is graded as K or Z, it is because the diamond has a yellow or brown tint.
You can keep going down the alphabet, and the further you go, the stronger the tinting gets. And the stronger it gets, the less value the diamond has.
However, once you reach a certain point, the colour starts to become really rich. And once this happens, you have a colourful diamond that looks pretty fabulous. And guess what? At this point, its value starts to go up again!
To colour grade a diamond, experts place one diamond next to a diamond (or a set of diamonds) that have already been graded. They basically compare the tints.
How do we determine the clarity of a diamond? We look at how many inclusions it has, as well as its size.
An inclusion is that which interferes with the passage of light that flows freely through the diamond. It could be a fracture, a mineral (another mineral, that is), or even a crevice.
There are lots of clarity grades that help you to choose which diamond is the right one for you. The top grade is Flawless (obviously!). However, even a Flawless diamond might still have some inclusions. The difference is that they are inclusions which are invisible to the naked eye.
This means that when you flaunt your diamond ring to a friend, they’re not going to say, “Wow! But look at the inclusions!”
Clarity grades rely on the letters V (very), S (Small) and I (Inclusions).
Flawless diamonds are graded as VVSL1 (very, very small inclusions one).
Once you got to diamonds that are graded P1 and P2 for clarity, you know you’ve got a diamond that allows so little light in.
These diamonds are not generally considered to be a girls best friend – or so you’d think. See, they’re still a diamond, which means they still show up on the market and people still buy them.
You might see an ad for a diamond that is 1 carat, and you might see it selling for a really low price. Beware. It might technically be a diamond, but it’s probably not a gem. Most diamonds that are mined are industrial grade, which means they’re seen more often in abrasives than on someones finger. Diamonds that are graded P1 and P2 might be affordable, but they’re likely to be industrial grade diamonds. They’re diamonds without really being diamonds.
If you’ve heard of one thing so far in this article, it’s surely carat.
Let’s explain it like this: Large diamonds are actually uncommon. There are way more smaller diamonds than there are larger ones. As such, smaller diamond don’t cost as much per carat as the bigger ones.
If you take a look at the price list of a diamond broker, you’d see beneath each grade that the price per carat shoots up with size.
The grade of a diamond which costs $1000 per car in half carat size would probably cost around $1,200 per cat with three quarters of a size and $5,000 for a full carat.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and are ready to do what a girl does best – shop for diamonds, of course!