Diamonds diamonds diamonds!! Who wouldn’t want to have a diamond as their birthstone? I was born in October, so my birthstones, being opal and pink tourmaline, are not exciting for me. I dislike both those stones. I’ll take anything with diamonds though! (What woman wouldn’t?) Diamonds are timeless, historic, rare, brilliant, elegant, beautiful…
It is one of the hardest substances known to man. It takes billions of years for nature to form them. The journey from the diamond to your hands is long and laborious. So when it’s finally in your possession remember that it’s beauty and elegance is truly unmatched!
How do you choose a diamond?
There are four primary guidelines used to evaluate every diamond: cut, clarity, color, and carat weight.
When many people think of cut, they probably think of the shape. This is partially correct. The cut does refer to the shape, but it also refers to the proportions of how the diamond is actually cut. This means each individual cut, or facet, on the diamond. A diamond’s overall proportion, size, and placement of its facets will play a large part in how the diamond is actually ‘cut’. All of this can affect how much light will be captured and reflected in a diamond. AGS, which is the American Gemological Society (a diamond grading laboratory) has a number scale they use to explain the cut of a diamond. It goes from 0-10, 0 being the highest cut (equivalent to ideal) and 10 being the lowest (equivalent to poor).
The color of a diamond is going to determine how naturally white it is. With the exception of fancy colored diamonds, white diamonds are what people want. There is a scale that is used to help in determining the color of a diamond. The scale uses the alphabet starting with the letter ‘D’ for colorless and ending with the letter ‘Z’. The higher in the alphabet, the more yellow the diamond is.
Clarity is going to determine how many or how few inclusions and blemishes a diamond has. These tiny inclusions or blemishes can alter how brilliant a diamond is, and will thus affect its value. The clarity scale begins with Flawless and Internally Flawless (F or IF) followed by Very Very Slight (VVS1 & VVS2), Very Slight (VS1 & VS2), Slightly Included (SI1 & SI2), and lastly, Included (I1, I2 & I3). Any diamonds that are in the Included range (I1, I2 & I3) will have inclusions visible to the naked eye.
The carat weight is a unit of measurement. It measures the diamond by weight. There are 100 points in a 1 carat diamond, or 1.00CT. A 50-point diamond is equal to 0.50 carats (0.50CT).
Remember, these are just guidelines. What one person finds beautiful in a diamond will vary from what another person thinks! On that note….
We do have a selection of loose diamonds in store. Our inventory of loose diamonds is here on our website, so you can use the information you’ve learned in this article to help you choose the perfect diamond for you. If you are looking for something specific, or something that is not listed in our inventory, please let us know. We can bring different stones in for you to look at. Happy searching!