Diamonds

An understanding of the four 'C's' may provide clearer information to help you chose and buy your diamond with more confidence.

The four 'C's' are: Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat-Weight

Cut

For a diamond to display its true brilliance and sparkle the stone is cut and polished ensuring the facets allow the greatest amount of light entering the diamond to be reflected and refracted before being dispersed back through the upper face (table) of the stone.

Antique Diamond Ring in 18ct Gold

 

Beautifully handcrafted in gold, this Victorian classic features a captivating quintet of old mine cushion-cut diamonds (totalling approximately 1.30 carats) sparkling shoulder-to-shoulder across your finger. The five diamonds are punctuated at their corners by tiny collet-set rose-cut diamonds, all of which are supported by a gracefully scrolled side gallery.

£1,850

Round

The round brilliant cut diamond is by far the most popular choice of diamond shape at present.

Oval

The oval cut diamond is an elongated brilliant-cut diamond. Traditionally it is set with two smaller diamonds to either side.

Princess

Is the most popular non-round diamond. It is a square or rectangular cut diamond with pointed corners.

Emerald

Emerald cut diamonds may be square or rectangular, but differ from Princess cut as the corners taper and the underside has a faceted cut.

Asscher

The Asscher cut diamond is almost identical to the Emerald cut except that it is square, with a total depth which is usually greater.

Radiant

This is a cross between a Round cut and an Emerald cut. The Radiant cut diamond is either square or rectangular.

Marquise

Marquise cut diamonds are twice as long as they are wide, with tapering points at either end.

Pear

These diamonds may be considered as a 'fusion' between Oval and Marquise cuts, with one rounded border and the other tapering to a point.

Rose

These are old cut diamonds used in Georgian times. They do not sparkle so much

Victorian spray brooch

A foliate spray brooch in white gold, the flowers set with rose cut diamonds and a rose cut sapphire with a line of 8 old cut diamonds to the stem. 4cm long. Some chips to stones

£500

Colour


 

Diamonds are naturally created in a wide variety of colours. In the world of fine jewellery, diamonds in the 'white' range are the most sought after, with a colourless stone being the highest grade.
 

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades diamond body colour from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow):

 

Colourless: D,E,F

Near Colourless: G,H,I,J

Faint Yellow: K,L,M

Very Light Yellow: N,O,P,Q,R

Light Yellow: S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z

 

The differences between these grades are very subtle and take a trained eye to detect.

 

Clarity
 

The clarity of a diamond is based on the size, number and location of flaws or inclusions within the stone

when viewed under 10x magnification. The GIA grades clarity from flawless to imperfect/included 3


FL: Flawless

IF: Internally Flawless, minor surface blemishes

VVS1 and VVS2: Very Very Slightly Included

VS1 and VS2: Very Slightly Included

SI1 and SI2: Slightly Included

I1: Included 1

I2: Included 2

I3: Included 3

 

Carat-Weight

 

The 'weight' of a diamond is measured in carats. As the carat weight of a diamond increases, so does its rarity.This is reflected in the price.

One carat is composed of 100 'points'.

For example, a diamond of 60 points weighs 0.60 carats and a diamond of 250 points weighs 2.50 carats.
 

So, the cost of a diamond is not only dependant on the size (carat-weight) of the diamond, but also on the diamond's natural qualities of colour and clarity. Finally, the craftsman's skill in achieving the best cut allows the true beauty of any diamond to show.

Edwardian Diamond Cluster ear rings

 Pair of early 20th Century rose-cut diamond cluster ear rings.

3.6cm long

£1150

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