Diamonds are a woman’s best friends. There is something about this stone that makes it one of the most coveted gems. The desirability of this gem probably stems from its beauty, rarity and the expensive price that comes along with it.
It has been a tradition, up to recently, to give a diamond ring as an engagement present. It was in Austria where this practice started when the Archduke Maximilian gave a diamond ring to his beloved Mary of Burgundy during their engagement. This practice has been carried on up to this day and the diamond has become a representation of unconquerable love to last forever.
A diamond’s 4Cs are very important considerations when you plan to purchase diamonds. We are well aware that a diamond comes with a hefty price tag and can be considered a valuable investment. Armed with the necessary know-how in buying these gems will ensure that we get our money’s worth.
The diamond’s CUT is responsible for its shine and sparkle and it accounts for 40% of the diamond’s price. The diamond’s light dispersing and light reflecting properties determines if it has a good cut. When light passes through a diamond, it can break this off into the rainbow’s colors. How the diamond’s facets or sides are cut, shaped and polished can have a significant effect on its brilliance and in creating an exquisitely crafted stone. Over the years, diamond cutters have developed mathematical formulas for precision cuts and have discovered various cuts that give off the best brilliance. The brilliant cut, which has 58 facets, is one of the most popular. Your chosen cut will all boil down to personal taste and preference.
The COLOR of a diamond can start anywhere from totally colorless, to those with a slight hint of yellow or even a slight brown touch. Colored diamonds are also available in green, pink, brown, purple, black, blue and red colors (red being very rare). The scarcity of the color also determines the diamond’s value. In order to see the diamond’s actual color, it is best viewed under white or neutral light. The diamond’s setting can also have an impact on its appearing color. For instance, a yellowish diamond may appear somewhat colorless in a yellow gold setting but may not appear as such when placed in a white gold setting.
A diamond’s CLARITY refers to what extent the diamond is free from certain inclusions like air bubbles, fissures, cracks, scratches, cloudy appearance and other substances. The type of inclusions, their number, where they lie and how visible they are can affect a diamond’s value. Rare are the diamonds that have no flaws or imperfections in them and of course they come with the right price as well. The clarity of a diamond can be flawless, internally flawless, very, very small inclusions, very small inclusions, small inclusions and imperfect. Carat refers to the size or the weight of the diamond. A carat is actually divided into “points” with a carat having one hundred segments or one hundred points. The carat of a diamond has a significant impact on its value.
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