Picking the Perfect Diamond
Diamonds are an investment not just in terms of value, but also an investment into love. As we know, diamond engagement rings are traditionally presented to your partner when you propose to them. However many people do not always know how to pick the perfect diamond. What are the attributes to look out for? How do I know I am selecting the best diamond for my beloved? Using the four C's of Carat, Cut, Colour and Clarity; here we explain how to pick the perfect diamond at Fields the Jeweller.
What are the four C's?
The four C's refer to carat, cut, colour and clarity. Each of these elements are what make diamonds so dazzling and beautiful and what makes them remain eternally in style.
You will often see the word 'carat' (or the abbreviated version 'ct') when researching diamonds. This refers to the weight and size of the diamond itself - just how a dumbbell in the gym is measured in kilograms for example. So a 1.00ct diamond weighs more and is larger than a 0.75ct diamond. As you can imagine, the higher the carat weight, the higher the price of the diamond. Some diamond ring designs may feature more than one diamond (such as the trending trilogy style) and in these cases they feature what is known as a total diamond weight (TDW). The TDW refers to what all of the individual diamonds in the design amount to together e.g. 1.25ct TDW. Remember: The weight and size of a diamond is referred to as carat (or ct) and the higher the carat, the higher the value.
As a diamond is technically a stone, it can be cut into different shapes. A round cut is arguably the most classic and popular cut, but the likes of cushion cut, oval cut and princess cut also exist. Like the names suggest, round cut and oval cut diamonds are presented in these respective shapes. A cushion cut takes on more of a square appearance (with rounded edges), while a princess cut retains the sharp and angular edges. When cut properly and carefully, each diamond will include facets within it that allow them to sparkle and shine with a supreme radiance. Remember: Diamonds can be cut into many different shapes with the facets within them allowing them to sparkle and shine.
Diamonds are most popularly seen with a clear / transparent appearance, but they can also come in many colours such as blue, brown and yellow. Clear / transparent diamonds are technically referred to as white diamonds. The colour of a diamond is assessed on a grading scale which ranges from the letter D to the letter Z. At the very top of the scale, D signifies an exceptional white diamond - practically the best and purest white colour that can be achieved. Diamonds ranging from K down to Z become increasingly tinted in appearance and are less and less white. As such, H is always a good colour to aspire to as this is a perfectly white diamond free from tinting. Remember: On the diamond colour scale from D all the way down to Z, H is an ideal colour to strive for.
The clarity of a diamond refers to any perceived marks or inclusions within the stone itself. While most of these are barely visible to the naked eye, it is something to keep in mind in terms of the overall value of a diamond. Diamond clarity runs on a scale starting with F1 signifying a flawless diamond and including S1 (small inclusions) and I1 (inclusions visible to the naked eye). In terms of rarity and cost, S1 is often a stunning standard to strive for when picking a diamond. Remember: While not always readily visible, diamond clarity affects the value of a diamond - so S1 is a diamond clarity to aspire to.
Empowered with the four C's of diamond carat, cut, colour and clarity; you can pick the perfect diamond for your perfect partner at Fields the Jeweller. Browse and buy our engagement rings here. You can also browse and buy from our unique and exclusive Fields Setting diamond rings here - each of these boast the treasured H diamond colour and S1 diamond clarity.