The Art of Choosing a Diamond
“I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back”
– Zsa Zsa Gabor
There are several things that you should be aware of when selecting a diamond. The first and foremost, is clarity. You want to look at what’s in the diamond itself. At some point, when the inclusions are so minute that you can’t see them with the naked eye, they become very valuable in identifying your diamond, because there are no two diamonds that have inclusions in exactly the same places.
The other things that you look for are abrasions on the surface, nicks or cavities or cracks that may affect the structural integrity of the diamond.
Also be aware of markings that will affect the beauty and brilliance of your stone. For the most part though, magnification makes sure you’re getting exactly what you’re being told you’re getting – and that the markings aren’t so prevalent that they impact the beauty and brilliance of the diamond.
When looking at a diamond it must make your heart beat a little faster, conveying its unique emotion, and it must be the most captivating diamond you’ve encountered. Its beautiful spirit, bewitching charm and character render the stone irresistibly engaging…its allure compelling beyond compare, at which point, it has chosen you!
The very thought of buying a diamond has been known to make men break into a sweat–and with good cause! There are so many things to consider when buying a diamond, let alone choosing the design of an engagement ring. The least we can do, is make it easier for you to pick the shape. It’s one of the first things a woman thinks about in terms of ‘preference’ when dreaming of her ideal ring.
With the help of our stunning photography, let’s get started with a simple visual guide to learning the shapes and cuts of diamonds:
Round Brilliant Cut
The round brilliant cut is by far the most popular shape, in fact, it is chosen by more than 50% of brides-to-be. This is due in part to the fact it boasts the most facets (nearly 60) which help to unleash the sparkle and fire of the diamond.
The princess cut comes a close second to the round brilliant cut, for many women’s choice in engagement rings. The princess cut is a square version of the round diamond and boasts the most sparkle in the category of square or rectangular shaped diamonds.
Considered a “fancy diamond cut”, the marquise is essentially an oval cut diamond with a point on each end. The story goes, that a King in Europe designed it for his Queen, and this has helped turn the marquise cut into one of the most ‘romantic’ shapes.
A twist on the popular round brilliant cut, the oval cut is a stunning and elegant option for those wanting something a little different but not too “out there”. Jewellery stores are increasingly offering oval cut rings set with micropave details, which makes for an absolute stunner!
Pear Shape Cut
Similar to the marquise cut, the pear shape displays dramatic design and a point at the tip which serves to draw attention from top to bottom. It’s a great way to elongate short, thicker fingers in a most elegant manner.
True to its antique heritage, the cushion cut stone is coming back in vogue with the resurgence of the vintage style. It gets its name from a pillow cushion, and when you look at it, you can see exactly what we mean.
A longer, sleeker version of the Asscher cut, emerald cut diamonds evoke feelings of elegance and class. Because the step cut can show flaws more readily than other cuts because it has more facets, it’s critical to get a higher grade diamond.
Heart Shape Cut
The heart shape cut is, as you would imagine, for the romantics. This cut evokes everything about love. It’s a reasonably rare shape, however, due to the expense of cutting out the top of the precious stone in order to create the heart shape. Heart shaped engagement rings, are most commonly found in solitaires or with side stones.
We celebrate the diversity and individual character of each diamond we work with, recognizing and appreciating, the nuances and uniqueness of each stone. It is impossible for two diamonds to be exactly the same, and that serves to increase, the charm and allure, of these most exquisite allotropes of carbon.
The strongest characters of all belong to coloured diamonds, the ravishing rarities of the gemstone world, nature’s masterpieces, each intensely individual, expressive, engaging and, on occasion, even fascinatingly eccentric. We have a wonderful selection of coloured diamond jewellery and are very happy sourcing a specific stone for a client. Please let us know what it is you’re looking for and we will do our utmost to deliver it to you.