The Diamond Guide
When looking for a diamond, you have to look into its Clarity, Cut of diamond, Colour and Carat – known as the 4C’s. The diamond is the purest of all precious stones and its strength makes it last forever, which is why it has been adopted as a symbol of Love.
- The cut of a diamond
It is the cut of the diamond that allows a diamond to make the best use of light. You have many cuts of diamonds including Pear, Emerald, Heart, Oval, Princess just to name a few. The cut is the most important even if a diamond has perfect clarity and colour, if it has a poor cut, it may appear dull.
- The carat is the weight of a diamond
One carat is divided into 100 “points” so that a diamond of 75 points, weighs 0.75 of a caret. It determines the value of a diamond. Two diamonds of equal size can have a very different value depending on their cut and clarity.
- The Colour
The best colour for a diamond is no colour at all. These are known as white diamonds. It’s what the eye notices next after the sparkle. The less colour, the higher the grade. You can also get other rare diamonds with a pure colour like blues or greens and they are also valuable.
- The Clarity
Diamond clarity refers to the absence of Inclusions and Blemishes. Clarity is a quality of diamonds and is often the least important of the 4C’s because most inclusions are microscopic; they don’t affect the beauty of the diamond in a visible way. The best clarity of a diamond is FL and IF which means flawless and internally flawless.
VVS1, VVS2. Very, Very Slightly Included.
VS1, VS2. Very Slightly Included.
SI1, SI2. Slightly Included.
I2, I3. Clarity grades
When measuring your finger, for best results measure your finger at the end of the day when your fingers are warm and measure it 3-4 times to eliminate an inaccurate reading.
You don’t really know how big a deal it is until you are actually shopping for your wedding band and see what options you have in making that decision: do you go for something traditional, with diamonds or without or totally alternative.
Make an appointment with your jewellers: for brides bring your engagement ring with you to see what style suits your engagement ring, whereas the groom has nothing to match & can choose from different styles. Don’t rush into it. There are some things to think about when choosing your wedding bands: Metal, stylish shapes, width, appearance and personalising your wedding rings.
- Platinum: would be the most expensive & rare metal and is very hard wearing: it may lose its shine over time but a quick polish will sort this
- Titanium: looks like steel with a matte finish charcoal grey in colour: light in weight & very popular with men, hard wearing, 100% hypoallergenic
- Gold:3 colours – white/yellow/rose gold & available up to 18-carat gold being the more expensive
- Palladium: very strong metal in the same family as Platinum, has a white finish same as Platinum but not as expensive.
For the bride & Groom: choose the metal, shape & then decide if you wish to have it plain/special finish/diamonds/grooves – the list is endless, having a budget in mind.
You can also choose to personalise the rings. I recently read that some jewellers are now engraving your fingerprint design to the inside of the wedding bands. Another idea, having your names & date of the wedding on your bands.
Tip of the week:
To maximize your budget, “buy shy” which means selecting a carat weight slightly below the whole and half-carat marks. For example, instead of a 2.0-carat diamond, consider buying a 1.9-carat weight. This will save a considerable amount of money and the slight size difference will never be noticed.
Trend of the Week:
A gown called Melody by Suzanne Neville which is elegant with an incredible lace back detail, a fabulous flowing train, light siffone with layers, fitted at the bodice giving a very elegant look, feeling like a princess.