What are certified diamonds?
Certified diamonds are diamonds that have been graded by a gem laboratory based on their “4 C” attributes of Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight. When shopping for a diamond, it is highly recommended to purchase a certified diamond to ensure the quality of the stone.
What diamonds shapes are available?
Although diamond cutters frequently create new shapes to accommodate unusual rough crystals, the most common diamond shapes used for diamond jewellery are round, pear, heart, marquise, oval, emerald, radiant and princess cuts. There are other gemstone shapes used as a side or accent gemstones in jewellery, such as baguette, tapered baguette and trillion.
What shape is the most popular?
The round brilliant cut. Approximately 75% of all diamonds sold today, particularly for engagement rings, are round.
How much does a carat weigh?
Based on the standard established by the International Committee on Weights and Measures, the weight of a 1 carat diamond is 200 milligrams or one-fifth of a gram.
What are inclusions?
Inclusions are the tiny “birthmarks” inside the gemstone that make every diamond unique. They refer to any mineral or crystal trapped within the diamond crystal at the time it is being formed deep within the earth.
Nearly all diamonds – even those of the highest quality – have some inclusions, which fall into these categories: Mineral inclusions – a dark spot from a trapped bit of mineral. Feathers – internal cracks or fractures caused by either internal or external stress during the diamond’s formation.
Is a diamond a good investment? Will it be worth more in few years?
Diamonds, at least those worn as engagement rings or other jewellery, should be viewed as an investment in romance alone. While diamonds are incredibly rare, they are at the mercy of the laws of supply and demand. Rarity does come into play regarding price, but buying a diamond is not like purchasing stock. Historically, diamond prices have not fluctuated greatly from one year to the next. That could change, however, if diamonds become more or less abundant over time.