Your guide to buying a diamond
You don't have to break the bank
to get the best bling:
AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE TO LAST A LIFETIME
When lovestruck Austrian Archduke Maximilian celebrated his imminent engagement to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 by presenting her with a diamond ring, he started an enduring tradition that has come to symbolise a couple’s commitment to each other. Placing the gem stone on the third finger of her left hand – the finger believed by ancient Egyptians to have a vein that led straight to the heart – he publicly proclaimed his devotion.
How to choose the perfect ring for you...
There are some basic principles that should inform your choice. You will doubtlessly be aware of the ‘four Cs’ – cut, colour, clarity and carat weight – which determine a diamond’s value. The cut looks at the stone’s shape and proportions, the clarity examines internal characteristics, the carat looks at the weight, while colour mostly tracks the absence of colour. Stones are assessed on a grading scale D through Z for colour (with D being best) and from flawless to 13 for clarity.
But I believe two additional ‘Cs’ should be part of your decision making process; ‘Certification’ and ‘Credibility’.
Never soleLy trust your eye
You should always seek a certificate that shows your diamond that has been assessed, graded and coded with a laser by an independent gemmological laboratory. The type of certificate is important, as not all are universally recognised. All diamonds I offer are graded in accordance with the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA), or equivalent independent body. This guide explains how to read a diamond certificate.
Seek impartial advice from an expert
Every day, I create beautiful rings that reflect customers’ dreams. Buying from me is like buying from a friend – someone you can trust and have confidence in. I will help you avoid the most common pitfalls and ensure that your making informed decisions based on what best suits you. Trust is the cornerstone of every relationship – my knowledge is for your benefit and my expertise is working on your behalf.
Each of the traditional Four Cs combine to determine a diamond's worth.
For example, the weight alone of a stone has little value and only determines a stone’s cost when applied with cut, colour and clarity .
ENHANCING THE NATURAL SPARKLE
I use some of the industry’s most skilled diamond cutters to enhance each stone’s fire and brilliance. A perfect balance of proportion and accuracy goes into the cut of a diamond. A diamond cut too shallow or deep will leak light through the base or sides, robbing it of natural brilliance.
brilliance begins with natural colour
A single letter-based scale determines the colour and value of a diamond. From the perfectly colourless D-grade diamond, to the noticeable yellow of Z, a single increase in a stone’s colour grade can boost it’s value by thousands. The majority of my selection are H and above.
ONE OF NATURE’S BRIGHTEST CREATIONS
A diamond naturally retains inclusions in its depths. The quantity, position and size of these inclusions lend to the stone’s overall clarity. Some may obstruct the passage of light through the diamond, leaving it dull and of less value. Most are found only with careful analysis under a microscope, and are only visible to the naked eye in stones of the poorest quality.
THE MEASURE OF A DIAMOND
To measure carats, we asses the weight and size of a diamond at 200 milligrams per carat. The natural process that forms a diamond is rare, with the essential elements found more often in small amounts. This means that larger diamonds will be of greater value per carat. (Don’t confuse carat with karat, as in “18K gold,” which refers to gold purity.)
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