Guide to Finding Your Perfect Diamond
Cut and Clarity
Finding the perfect diamond can seem like a lot of work with complicated words and ideas, but it doesn’t have to be. You shouldn’t have to take a course in the subject to find and purchase your perfect diamond. To save you time and hassle, we put together a short guide to finding your perfect diamond.
You may have heard the expression the 4Cs of diamonds thrown around and you may already know that stands for cut, clarity, carat, and color. Most clients aren’t aware how the cut and clarity really play into the final appearance of a diamond or the piece it’s set into.
The cut is just a technical term jewelers use to describe the make of a diamond. The cut of a diamond is made up of many things found within the diamond’s certificate and others that aren’t mention in the official paperwork.
For jewelry buyers and collectors, the cut is what gives a diamond its personality. Here’s what you need to know about it.
The proportions of a diamond’s cut can affect its longevity, final look, and how much maintenance and upkeep it will need over the years.
When a diamond is cut shallowly less light reflects from each facet of the stone. Most of the light that shines through the top will leave out the bottom making the diamond look dim or milky. A shallow cut diamond can still be beautiful and even appear to look larger than other diamonds, but such a cut means the diamond will need to be cleaned more often to maintain her best appearance.
If a diamond is cut to deep just the opposite happens. If a diamond looks as if it’s been shaped akin to an ice cream cone it’s been cut too deeply. A diamond cut this way will look darker than other stones since most of the light entering through the top will just flow out the sides instead of reflecting back and showing off its brilliance. In extreme circumstances diamonds cut this way can look dark and even lifeless.
When the cut of a diamond is balanced it will shine and sparkle with life and brilliance. The cut is where a diamond gains its fire.
No two diamonds are the same but am experienced master jeweler will know how to bring out the best qualities of each individual stone. It’s important to understand that not all diamonds can’t be cut the same way and have the same reaction.
When shopping, this is the reason you should always view your diamond in person to know that she is the one. Photographs don’t always capture the brilliance of a diamond and at other times the flash captures brilliance that isn’t really there.
The Polish and Symmetry:
The polish of a diamond refers to how smooth its final finish is. Jewelers Dallas need to take care when cutting each facet of the diamond to give it the perfect polish in the end.
Think about a freshly waxed car. If the job was done well it will have a reflective shine. If it was done poorly it’ll be smudged and look shabby. The same is true for a diamond.
For buyers, this mean the better the polish the more sparkle and a diamond will have. If your jeweler hand selects diamonds he or she will take care to select only diamonds that have a good or better polish to provide you with diamonds that have a brilliant shine to them.
When referring to diamonds, symmetry refers to the balance of the diamonds cuts. The ideal diamond is equal and matching on each side. If you hypothetically cut the perfect diamond down the center the pieces left behind would be twins.
This is a very important part of how light moves through a diamond. Each facet is designed as a little mirror to reflect the light that enters through the top of the diamond. With symmetrical cuts allow more light to bounce back to your eyes and thus gives you a shiner and more sparkly diamond.
The second C that most buyers don’t fully understand is clarity. When referring to diamonds clarity is a way of describing what’s inside of the diamond itself. When forming, each diamond has tiny markings inside of it made up of other materials like crystal, being trapped, pinpoints, and perhaps internals cracks or marks on its surface. All of these happen naturally and are used to grade the clarity of a diamond.
The size and location of these markings plays the biggest role in determining the grade of the diamond’s clarity. Before buying a diamond, you will want to examine these markings and their locations and understand how it effects the final price of your diamond. No two diamonds form exactly the same.
Most of the popular diamonds in the world are in this category. Made up of i1 and i2 grades (with i1 being the highest) diamonds in this category are the highest and most of all the grades. Diamonds in this category contain markings you can see with your naked eye. Diamonds in this grouping are allowed to have dark markings and even inclusions that may jeopardize the quality of the diamond. Not all diamonds in this category are this way, but it is allowed. Some of the most beautiful diamonds in the world are in the i1 grouping and contain only tiny clear crystals or markings that do not affect the diamond’s final shine, sparkle, or brilliance.
Most of the popular diamonds in the world are in this category. Made up of I1 and I2 grades (with i1 being the highest) diamonds in this category are the highest and most of all the grades. Diamonds in this category contain markings you can see with your naked eye. Diamonds in this grouping are allowed to have dark markings and even inclusions that may jeopardize the quality of the diamond. Not all diamonds in this category are this way, but it is allowed. Some of the most beautiful diamonds in the world are in the I1 grouping and contain only tiny clear crystals or markings that do not affect the diamond’s final shine, sparkle, or brilliance.
Diamonds in this graded category are only allowed to have tiny marks viewable only from the top when magnified ten times. This category is broken down into SI1 and SI2. Again, SI1 is the higher grade of the pair.
Many people prefer diamonds with a grade of slightly included to ensure they have a clean and beautiful diamond without paying for the rarity of a diamond in a higher graded category.
It’s important to remember, higher graded diamonds aren’t always more beautiful than lower graded ones. It merely means diamonds in this category are rarer than lower graded diamonds.
Very Slightly Included:
This grade is divided into VS1 and VS2. The markings found on the previous grade of diamonds are difficult to find under 10X magnification in this grade. It’s rare to find a natural diamond of this grade and will cost you a bit more at the jewelry shop dallas. Many believe that starting with this grade they are paying more for rarity than for any visual beauty of the diamond.
Very Very Slightly Included and Flawless:
Diamonds in this graded category are the rarest. Graded VVS1, VVS2, IF, (meaning internally flawless) and Flawless. Many shoppers are curious about owning and wearing a diamond in this grade, but usually the price tag attached to such a purchase makes them think twice.
Diamonds in this category have no visible markings at 10X magnification, but you’ll pay much more for its rarity than in the other grades.