All that glitters.....
He opens the little red velvet box, perched on bended knee. Your heart beat races as you catch the first shimmer that winks at you from a brilliant platinum setting. Your girlfriends mill around your left hand gushing, bending it at all un-natural angles to get just the right light. And for a few weeks after that fateful night you exclaimed “yes!”, you'll talk with increased hand gestures so there's no way in hell your new bling-bling will go un-noticed in any conversation!
Back in the 1950's, Marilyn believed that diamonds were a girls best friend. In 2013, my espresso machine is mine. Though I'd be lying if I said I didn't go green with envy when I saw photos of Kim Kardashian's Lorraine Schwartz engagement glacier. As ladies we tend to be naturally drawn to anything with a bit of sparkle. But why is it that the entire world goes absolutely gaga over these pretty pieces of carbon? Cut, colour, clarity, you'll be forgiven if you find yourself going slightly coo-coo when it comes to diamond terminology. Here, “I do in a day” have written a couple of articles that we hope will eliminate some of the confusion when it comes to selecting your stunning engagement ring.
Put simply, the birth of a diamond is a billion year process undertaken through extreme levels of heat and pressure. Therefore, in our lifetime, there will only be a certain number in existence. They are extremely hard to mine and find, resulting in astronomical amounts of money going into exploration. If diamonds are found, they then need to be assessed and priced in reference to nature's three C's; colour, clarity and carat weight.
When looking for white diamonds, the colour (or “colourlessness” rather) can range from absolutely clear to light yellow. The clearer the diamond, the easier it is for light to penetrate the stone, creating optimum sparkle and vibrance. A diamond with a rating of D to G is considered completely colourless to the untrained eye, whereas anything from H to X can be considered nearly colourless to light yellow. When choosing the right diamond colour, consider the ring setting. A yellow gold band for instance may give off a pleasing contrast, allowing you to choose a stone with a hint of colour. Colour selection is entirely a question of personal taste. You may prefer a stone with a lower grade. Many brides prefer a warmer toned stone with a nice sunny glow to it!
We'll explore more intricacies of diamond selection in the next few weeks, stay tuned my fellow romantics!