Dipesh Jewellers Guide to Diamonds

Dipesh Jewellers Guide to Diamonds

We all love diamonds but it can be a scary experience actually figuring out what a good diamond is!

Everyone knows the 4Cs, but what does it mean exactly?

 

Cut : Cut doesn’t refer to the shape of the diamond but it’s internal symmetry and proportions.  The cut of the diamond will effect the diamond’s brightness (how the light reflects from a diamond), fire (the different colours you can see within the diamond) and the scintillation (the sparkle within the diamond).  The better the cut, the more brilliant your diamond will look. Imagine the cut as ‘harnessing” the diamonds beauty.

 

Colour:  This refers to the diamond’s actual colour- or more accurately, the absence of colour. The whiter the colour, the greater the price. The grading is from “D”, which is colourless, down to Z. Coloured diamonds don’t follow this rules. In the case of coloured diamonds we observe how vivid and strong the colour is. They have their own incredible beauty and if you are interested in yellow, pink or other coloured diamonds we can also provide this.

 

Clarity:  A good quality diamond will have minimal flaws .  There are two types of flaws;  blemishes  (which are scratches or chips on the outside) and inclusions (like cracks  internally).  The fewer blemishes and inclusions, the better clarity your diamond will have. The scale is from “Flawless” to “I3

 

Carat:  We have all heard diamonds referred to by their carats. Carat refers to is their weight.  A metric "carat" is defined as 200 milligrams. Each carat can be subdivided into 100 'points’.  The larger (i.e. heavier) the diamond, the higher the price, all things equal.

 

The final price for your diamond will be determined by a combination of the above elements.