There is a lot of information to take in when buying a loose diamond and many choices to make. When working with customers and going through all the different aspects of diamonds at the end of the day we ask you to think about what is the most important thing for you. Is it size, shape or do you want a particular colour? Then from this point we can help you select the best quality diamond for your budget.
Here is a little information on a few of the aspects to consider when purchasing a loose or set diamond.
Shape / Cut: Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds are the most popular diamond shapes but there are so many beautiful cuts to consider. The shape of your diamond can become the main design feature of your engagement ring or custom designed piece. When it comes to the shape of the diamond we are able to show you as many as you like but we tend not to recommend any one shape in particular as they all have their own beautiful qualities and it truly is a person preference. This is a great starting point for designing your unique piece of jewellery.
Colour: This can refer to two different things. Firstly and what you will mostly hear when talking about the 4 C’s is the colourlessness of the white. White diamonds are graded in an Alphabetical scale starting with D being the whitest (colourless) grade. Our recommendation is a G colour or above. In choosing a D-G colour diamond you know you are getting a stunningly white diamond that will look clean and bright.
The second reference to colour when speaking of diamonds is the actual colour of the stone. There is a colour diamond matching any personality or taste, whether you are a woman or a man. Unlike white diamonds, natural colour diamonds exist in over 300 colours all with different hues. Coloured diamonds are the “it” Diamond at the moment with Hollywood stars and Royals wearing natural coloured diamonds. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Victoria Beckham and Portia de Rossi all wear pink diamond rings, as well as the very hype Ecclestone daughters. Over the last few seasons major fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Alexander McQueen. And recently, Jessica Simpson and Cate have also chosen to feature coloured diamonds in a range of colours from Chocolate, Yellow even through to Black diamonds. Natural coloured diamonds are really beautiful and unique. If you are looking for something a little different this is definitely an avenue I would suggest exploring.
Clarity: The clarity of the diamond refers to how internally clean the diamond is or is not. As diamonds are a natural stone they do or can have (apart from a few very rare stones) natural flaws or imperfections. We like to recommend choosing a diamond that is eye clean. This meaning, with YOUR naked eye you cannot see the flaws. Our ideal diamond is VVS-VS range though we recommend an SI1 (slightly included 1) or above. Some people will be able to see the flaws in an SI1 when studying the stone but depending on the type of imperfection and the location of the imperfection it can be difficult and therefore we are able to find some beautiful stones in this range to suit a price point.
Cut: The way the diamond is cut no matter what shape, colour or clarity is one of the most important features to consider when buying your diamond. A well cut stone will sparkle no matter how long you have been wearing it or how it is set. A well cut diamond will always stand out and never look dull due to light reflection. When a diamond is cut to the right proportions light will enter the diamond and be reflected back out the top surfaces of the diamond giving a truely beautiful sparkle. This is one of the reasons we always advise to view diamonds before purchasing, you will notice the difference when comparing.
I hope this helps with your diamond selection. The one last piece of advice is to always choose a diamond that has a certificate and is conflict free so that you know what you are buying. Different Diamond certifications companies do have different standards; our recommendation is a GIA certificate.