“Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond…”
Every person can be compared to a diamond, beautiful in its own unique way. Cut diamonds have a lot of facets that create their look and affect their shine, as well as a human has a lot of sides and life circumstances that influence their character. Fine diamonds are valuable because of their ability to absorb light and transform it into sparkling shine. The same goes with people, every single person is unique in absorbing information and events from their life and transform them into attitude and actions. It takes good parents and teachers to raise a nice person, as well as the gem needs a skillful jeweler to transform from a simple rough stone into a fine work of art.
But it’s not necessary to just compare people to diamonds, gems can easily add sparkle to the personality, make it brighter and more vivid. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings are all made to reveal the beauty of the wearer and the fine diamonds are the best option for the purpose. They will definitely make anyone shine bright!
The most important for the diamond is its quality. But what should the gem possess to be the stone of the highest quality? Diamond can be classified by carat weight, color, clarity, and cut, and it is often referred to as the 4Cs of diamond quality.
The carat weight of the diamond defines the weight of the stone, where 1 carat equals 200 milligrams. For the majority of common customers the carat weight is the most essential feature while choosing the jewelry. The widespread but wrong belief is that the larger and heavier the diamond, the higher is its value and price. The truth is that the weight is significant and influences the price greatly, but not more than other 3Cs. Even the huge gem can have undesirable inclusions, be not clear enough or may lose its properties if the cut is wrong. So, the bigger doesn’t necessarily mean the best, but the size matters.
By the way, the smallest brilliant cut diamond registered by the Guinness World Records is the 0.0000743 carats stone, cut by Pauline Willemse in Amsterdam between 1991 and 1994. It is 0.16 – 0.17 mm in diameter and 11 mm in height and has 57 facets. Compared to an average grain of sand it will look considerably smaller.
The world’s biggest diamond is the famous Cullinan discovered in South Africa in 1905. The rough Cullinan was 3,106 carats, 4 inches long, over 2 inches wide and more than 2.5 inches high. It was given to King Edward VII of England as the pledge of loyalty. Famous jeweler Joseph Asscher did the cutting. More than 10 important diamonds were cut from the original Cullinan stone and became the part of the Crown Jewels of England, but the largest and the most famous one is the 530.40-carat the Great Star of Africa or the Cullinan I Diamond, which is set in the Sovereign’s Scepter with Cross.
The industry standard of a diamond color is measured from D to Z, where D is known as colorless and, thus, the most valuable. Diamonds marked D, E and F are considered colorless; G, H, I and J are near-colorless, but to unaided eye they still appear colorless; K, L and M stones have a faint slightly visible tint; N, O, P, Q and R gems are known as very light, where the tint is noticeable; S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z are the light diamonds, that possess yellow or brown very noticeable tint. Though, the color may not be obvious to a person not interested in precious stones, but it is very important for the value and the price of the diamond. Each letter in the standard has a precise range of the color, and it requires special controlled lighting and viewing conditions to accurately define the mark to the diamond. The exception to the standard are fancy colored diamonds, such as red, green and blue, which don’t belong to the scale and are more expensive considering rarity.
Another very influential feature of the diamond quality is clarity. It is divided the following way:
FL, IF – Flawless and internally flawless. It means there are no inclusions in the gem visible under 10x magnification.
VVS1, VVS2 – Very, very slightly included. There are inclusions in the stone, but they are hard to see even for a skilled grader under 10x magnification.
VS1, VS2 – Very slightly included. Inclusions are visible under 10x magnification but considered to be minor.
SI1, SI2 – Slightly included. Inclusions are visible under 10x magnification but not visible to the unaided eye.
I1, I2, I3 – Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification and can affect brilliance and transparency of the diamond.
The Cullinan, for instance, is a D colored diamond and potentially flawless, which makes it not only the largest diamond but the one of the high quality. Probably it’s for the best that we might never get a chance to know its price as it is highly unlikely the stone will ever be sold.
And, finally, the cut of the diamond. Sometimes it may be thought of as the shape of the stone, but it’s not quite right. It’s rather the facets arrangement and their interaction with light.
Though the round brilliant diamond cut is the most famous and has a lot of advantages, we’ll talk about the second most popular, the princess cut, to understand the difference between the shape and the cut.
A princess cut diamond reveals the square shape at the top. At the matter of fact, it reminds me of the upside-down pyramid. It may contain from 50 to 58 facets. A princess cut diamond possesses some few very important benefits. First, this cut allows maintaining a great amount of the rough stone, unlike the round brilliant cut, that is why it is less expensive. Again, in comparison to round brilliant, princess cut diamond appears larger in the same carat weight. Due to the facets’ arrangement the princess cut stones possess an exceptional amount of brilliance and shine. Another great advantage of this type of cut is that it is able to conceal inclusions and flaws well enough. That’s why it became one of the favorite stones for engagement rings even among celebrities. Probably, one of the most famous rings with princess cut diamonds is Meghan Markle’s trilogy ring, which features three princess cut diamonds taken from the personal collection of Princess Diana and set into a yellow gold band.
Though this type of diamond cut is popular for rings, but the princess cut diamond earrings are able to highlight your look and personality with a special chic and elegance. Women prefer diamond studs with princess cut stones as they provide the greater amount of shine and look larger than other studs of different cuts. Men choose those studs because of their geometric shape and the ability to look simple yet glamorous at the same time.
Nowadays, it is easy to get the best diamond earrings online. Most of the online stores provide comfortable searching filters and buying tips, special programs and sales. You can get the jewelry that’ll make you beautiful like diamonds in the sky in several clicks. All you need to do is to find the reliable online store and choose the jewelry you feel like wearing.
In order to let your personality shine, you need to act like a diamond. No matter what the quality of the light it absorbs, the shine it radiates should be clear and sparkling. No matter what happens in your life, you should preserve the best qualities you have and remain kind and sympathetic. Every jewelry piece will look nice on a nice person!