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5 Things to know about DIAMONDS

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

This ultimate guide will help you to choose the perfect diamond.

When it comes to jewelry, purchasing a diamond for the first time will always be a significant moment in your life – both emotionally and financially. It can be a nerve wracking experience and it is no surprise that you will find yourself asking, “how can I buy the perfect diamond ring?”

Choosing the perfect diamond for you can be difficult as there are many factors to consider. Whether you are looking for a diamond ring or diamond earrings, the choices for the perfect diamond today are limitless, since there are an abundance of shapes, sizes and colors, which means that things can get very confusing and overwhelming very quickly.

5 things to know about diamonds - how to choose the perfect diamond

#1: Some settings make diamonds look larger.

Some settings make diamonds look larger. Solitaire, Halo or Double Halo setting?

Solitaire, Halo setting or Double Halo setting?

When shopping for diamond rings, most people prioritize getting the largest looking diamond their budget can afford.

Halo rings are all about creating visual impacts. When done right, the halo can significantly increase the aesthetic appearance of the ring with its additional dimension of sparkle.

When viewed from a distance, well crafted halo rings have melee diamonds that appear to “fuse” together with the center diamond and this phenomenon creates an optical illusion of a single large diamond.

Natalie Portman has a stunning engagement ring with a double halo setting

Natalie Portman has a stunning engagement ring with an antique round old mine cut diamond with a double halo of conflict free pave diamonds.

#2: There are different shapes of diamonds.

The different shapes of diamonds

Diamond shape refers to the geometric appearance of a diamond. Diamond shapes are categorized into two groups: round diamonds and fancy shape diamonds. Round brilliant diamonds are the most traditional diamond shape. All the others (princess, cushion, emerald, oval, pear, marquise, heart) are called fancy cuts. Every diamond shape has unique attributes that impact its sparkle and overall look.

Shape is often one of the first attributes that couples consider when shopping for a diamond. While round diamonds are the most popular choice, many couples are also drawn to the distinctive look of a fancy shaped diamond.

#3: Carat weight does not affect sparkle.

Carat weight does not affect sparkle

Increase the carat as your budget allows.

It’s a common misconception that the larger a diamond is, the more it will sparkle. Although the bigger stone might have space for more facets, two diamonds cut the same will sparkle the same, regardless of carat size.

Diamond cut is directly correlated to sparkle. Specifically, angles and proportions change how light interacts with the stone. When light travels through a clear diamond, it reflects off the interior surfaces or “facets”. These act like mirrors, causing the light to depart as white brightness, and like prisms, so light gets scattered across a spectrum of colors, known as the “fire” effect. Through scintillation, the bright and colored light contrasts against the dark and natural light surrounding the diamond, resulting in sparkle. Evenly spaced facets reduce, if not eliminate, the number of dark areas within the diamond. A greater number of facets enhances the “mirror” effect, which maximizes reflection and light dispersion.

#4: Diamonds occur in a variety of colors.

Diamonds occur in a variety of colors

Vivid yelow, nature green, beautiful blue or romantic pink?

Colored diamonds are among the most beautiful and eye-catching gems. Thea are diamonds that have a noticeable bodycolor when viewed in the face-up position. Brown & yellow are the most common colors in natural colored diamonds. Diamonds with natural pink, blue, orange, green, red, and violet body colors are extremely rare. Out of 100,000 diamonds, only a few will have one of the extremely rare colors. The color can have any intensity between "very light" and "vivid". A combination of rarity, beauty, and intense buyer interest drives the prices of colored diamonds.

#5: Certified diamonds are more expensive than uncertified.

Certified diamonds are more expensive than uncertified

A diamond certificate is a document that specifies the details of each diamond, starting with carat, color, clarity and cut quality. In the diamond industry, there are a few labs of Gemological Institutions, but the name that we are most familiar with is the ‘GIA.’ Which is considered one of the important factors when choosing diamonds today.

Gemological Institute of America is the world's foremost authority on gems. This institution has established a standard for evaluating the quality of diamonds. Most notably, their diamond color evaluation system uses an English alphabet starting from D-Z, making it easier for buyers to find the right diamond for themselves.

In addition to the GIA certificate that people accept. There are other institutions such as AGS (American Gem Society), HRD (Hoge Raad voor Diamant) and so on.

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