Diamond Education

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Education

We understand buying stunning pieces of jewellery can be complicated without being familiar with all of the acronyms and jargon. We hope this guide helps your make your perfect choice, and if you have any questions at all, just pop in store and we’d be happy to help.

Colour

Colour is a decisive aspect when judging the beauty of a diamond. The whiter and more colourless the diamond, the greater its rarity and value, and the more brilliantly it will sparkle.

Diamonds are graded on a colour scale that was set up by the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA).

Colourless

Near Colourless

Barely Yellow

Light Yellow

Yellow

Cut

It is the cut of the diamond, above all other properties that will determine the stone’s fire and brilliance. As well as referring to the quality of craftsmanship of a diamond, cut also refers to a diamond’s shape.

Diamonds can be cut in many different shapes and will all handle the light differently. The Round Brilliant ideal cut will provide the maximum fire and brilliance.

Carat

The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. One carat is equivalent to 0.2 grams. Within the trade, one carat is divided into one hundred units, called points.

Clarity

Clarity refers to the relative purity of a diamond. Almost all diamonds will contain an amount of impurities, either internally in the form of inclusions, or on the surface of the stone in the form of blemishes, ie. small scratches or nicks.

Inclusions can be helpful by providing a unique ‘fingerprint’, allowing anyone who is familiar with a particular stone to immediately distinguish it from any other.

Grades are viewed under 10x magnification by an experienced grader

IF

Internally Flawless: No inclusions

VVS1 or VVS2

 Very Very Slightly Included: Minute inclusions

VS1 or VS2

 Very Slightly Included: Minute inclusions, small crystals, clouds and feathers

S1 or S2

Slightly Included: Contains inclusions (clouds, crystals, knots, cavities and feathers)

I1, I2 or I3

Included: Contains inclusions that are obvious. Can affect transparency and brilliance