diamonds part three

14-04-13

All That Glitters, Part III

Hello all you bride-to-be's and hopeful bride-to-be's! You have come to your third instalment of the “I do in a day Diamond Guide”. Here, we continue to decode your bling-bling terminology, in the hope that we can help you or your partner in the hunt for the perfect engagement and wedding rings. Today's chapter looks at the terms “Cut” and “Carat”.

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One must be careful not to mistake diamond cut with diamond shape. The term cut applies to the proportions used by a jeweller to optimise the refraction of light, and resulting sparkle, that a diamond produces. The term shape applies to the external design you see, such as Round or Princess. Ideally, light enters through the diamond table (the flat top section of the stone). It then travels down through the pavilion (the bottom section of the diamond) is reflected across to the other side and then back out the top of the table. This process of light travel creates the “blingy” appearance of a stone, often referred to as a diamond's fire. Jewellers may sacrifice cut quality for the size of a stone, as getting an optimal cut often means losing a lot of the diamond's weight. It's a balancing act between ring design and sparkle preference as to what grade of cut your diamond will have. Essentially, “Premium” graded stones have been cut to optimise sparkle alone. “Very Good” and “Good” grades of cut are great for those who are working to a budget and don't want to sacrifice size or beauty, as the jeweller has decided to slightly sacrifice cut for additional stone weight. You will still get a nice amount of sparkle. 

We always hear the term “carat” being thrown around whenever jewels are the topic of conversation, but do you actually know what it refers to? Unlike “karat” which only applies to gold, diamond carats are a unit of weight used to measure the stone, and in turn, it's value. Put simply, the bigger the diamond found in the mines, the better. And the more expensive!

We hope our Diamond Guide has helped you at least a little so far! In the next chapter we will explore terms regarding shape. Do you know what a Trilliant shaped diamond looks like? We didn't, until now! Stay tuned brides...