Looking to invest in a beautiful Diamond for your engagement? Read our guide to Diamond buying, including a breakdown of the 4C's for diamond grading that outlines what you should be looking for and what makes the difference to both visual value and lifetime value.
The carat is what many look to as an indication of the size of a diamond, but the carat is actually the measurement of the weight of a diamond. The bigger the diamond doesn't necessarily mean it is heavier in weight or higher in value, and therefore the cost is impacted by a number of other factors such at the cut, clarity and colour. The image below demonstrates the difference in size of a round cut diamond from 0.1ct all the way to a 2ct stone.
The characteristics of a diamonds clarity can be broken down into two groups; the internal flaws which are referred to as inclusions and the surface defects known as blemishes. The clarity of a diamond is one of the factors to effect its value, and we are always on hand to talk you through your options and advise you on the best choice of diamond for your piece of jewellery.
The naturally mined diamonds that we use are graded for an absence of colour. As shown in the image below, a D graded stone is a white and colourless diamond, and grades go through to Z which is visually yellow to the naked eye. The whiter the stone the rarer it is and therefore the higher its value. At Classic Diamonds we work with only the highest quality diamonds, which range between D to H in colour.
The cut of a diamond refers to the precise proportions that transform it from a rough diamond to it final shape. The way a stone is cut guides the way the light travels through its many facets and can be the difference between a diamond with maximum sparkle and a dull one. Below you can see the range of cuts available. At Classic Diamonds we do not work with diamonds that are lower that "good cut".
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