Fine Diamonds are among the most coveted of all gems. Their value however, differs widely from one diamond to another.
Experts evaluate every diamond for rarity and beauty, using four primary guidelines.
These are called The Four C’s – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight.
The most popular shapes include Round, Oval, Square, Princess, Emerald, Baguette and Marquise cuts. Many specialty shapes are also available.
A diamond’s overall proportions, as well as the size and placement of its many reflective surfaces or facets play a large part in “cut.”
The consistency and balance of these can greatly affect how the stone captures light and reflects it back to the eye.
With the exception of fancy colored diamonds, the most valuable diamonds are those with the least color.
The color scale for transparent diamonds goes from D-F (colorless) G-J (near colorless), K-M (faint yellow), to Z (light yellow).
Completely colorless diamonds are rare.
A diamond’s clarity is measured by the existence, or absence of visible flaws. Tiny surface blemishes or internal inclusions (even those only seen under magnification with a 10x jewelers loupe) can alter the brilliance of a diamond and thus affect its value.
FL, IF – Flawless: No internal or external flaws, Internally Flawless: No internal flaws
VVSI,VVS2 – Very, very slightly included: Very difficult to see inclusions under 10x magnification VSI, VS2 – Very slightly included: Inclusions are not typically visible to the unaided eye
SI1, SI2 – Slightly included: Inclusions are visible under 10x magnification and may be visible with the unaided eye.
I1, I2, I3 – Included: Inclusions are visible with the unaided eye
The size of a diamond is measured, not by its dimensions, but by weight. One carat, the traditional unit of measurement for diamonds, is equal to approximately 0.2 grams.
You may also hear the weight of a diamond referred to in points. A point is equal to 1/100 of a carat; therefore a 75-point diamond equals 0.75 carat.
Diamonds of equal weight may appear slightly different in size, depending on their depth and proportions.
Because they are quite rare, larger diamonds of gem quality are much more valuable.
We would mostly source our genuine Diamonds from BVLA or Auris Jewellery, and they would be VS G-H color as standard.
We believe this is a perfect mix of value and beauty with regard to small and medium size gems. Other qualities are available on request.
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