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Purchasing a diamond, for some, it might be a bit overwhelming at first. Thats why we're here to help you out with making the right decision. Our diamond expertise is something we're proud to share with our friends, clients and everyone who cares to be informed.
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The 4 C's
Every diamond is unique and there are no two of the same. But in order to determine a stones value there are a set of characteristics experts pay attention to when determining a stone's value we call them the four C's.
The colour of a diamond actually refers to the lack there of. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value. A diamond's colour is graded on a scale from D to Z, D being colourless and thus most precious. The slight variation in colour, often invisible to the inexperienced eye is essential for the accurate valuation of a stone's .
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Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This process can result in a variety of internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes.’
Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value.
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Diamonds are renowned for their ability to transmit light and sparkle so intensely. We often think of a diamond’s cut as shape (round, heart, oval, marquise, pear), but a diamond’s cut grade is really about how well a diamond’s facets interact with light.
Precise artistry and workmanship are required to fashion a stone so its proportions, symmetry and polish deliver the magnificent return of light only possible in a diamond.
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A metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams. Each carat is subdivided into 100 ‘points.’ This allows very precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. A jeweler may describe the weight of a diamond below one carat by its ‘points’ alone. For instance, the jeweler may refer to a diamond that weighs 0.25 carats as a ‘twenty-five pointer.’ Diamond weights greater than one carat are expressed in carats and decimals. A 1.08 carat stone would be described as ‘one point oh eight carats.
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