We hold up our hands, we’re guilty of swooning over perfectly cut diamonds and dazzling gemstones (who isn’t?!) and with Valentines Day just around the corner, this gives us the perfect excuse to round up some sparklers that truly wow us.
Hoping your other half pops the question this V-day? Then strategically leave this page open, as we talk through the four C’s (cut, colour, carat and clarity) as well as what style suits, which kind of bride!
If you are a traditional bride-to-be at heart, then you can’t go wrong with a solitaire diamond. Choose from round, cushion, or a princess cut, for a classic or modern look. Go that one step further and opt for a halo setting, which makes the centre diamond look even grander.
Diamonds aren’t always white. Sapphire, emerald and pink quartz, there’s a huge selection of beautiful gemstones out there that are perfect for the bride who wants to make a real statement.
Want something totally unique? Then vintage is the way to go. Whether it’s a family heirloom, or a ring inspired from a different time, antique rings are one-of-a-kind.
What style of ring are you falling in love with?
The For C’s –
Cut: How a diamond is cut is extremely important. In fact, it might be the most significant factor of the 4 C’s. The cut determines the diamond’s reflective qualities and directly influences its value. A diamond’s cut affects its brilliance. The better the cut, the brighter the diamond appears. A diamond’s cut is sometimes confused with its shape. Shape is the actual appearance of a diamond, like round, pear, princess, oval, emerald, etc.
Colour: From colourless to faint yellow, or even brown, to rare pinks, blues and greens, in nature diamonds come in an array of colours. Selecting a diamond colour is a matter of preference and taste, however, in general, the more colourless a diamond, the greater its relative value. Diamonds that are graded D, E and F are considered colourless. Diamonds that are graded G, H and I are considered near-colourless.
Carat: The standard weight of a diamond is measured in carats. The larger the diamond the more rare it is. A carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams and consists of 100 points. Therefore a diamond of 75 points weighs 0.75 carats. It is important to note that that two diamonds of equal carat weigh may have dramatically different values, depending upon the diamond’s cut, clarity and colour.
Clarity: Diamonds contain very tiny natural characteristics called “inclusions.” The size, number, position, nature and color of these inclusions will determine a stone’s clarity grade. The smaller and less frequent the inclusions and surface blemishes, the more valuable and rare the gemstone.