“Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond….”
We can compare every person to a diamond, beautiful in its unique way. Cut diamonds have a lot of facets that create their look and affect their shine, and humans have many sides and life circumstances that influence their character. Fine diamonds are valuable because they absorb light and transform it into a sparkling shine. The same goes for people; everyone is unique in absorbing information and events from their lives and transforming them into attitudes and actions. It takes good parents and teachers to raise a nice person, and the gem needs a skilful jeweller to transform from a simple rough stone into a fine work of art.
But comparing people to diamonds is not necessary; gems can easily add sparkle to the personality, making it brighter and more vivid. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings are all made to reveal the wearer’s beauty, and fine diamonds are the best option for this purpose. They will make anyone shine bright!
The most important for the diamond is its quality. But what should the gem possess to be the highest quality stone? Diamonds can be classified by carat weight, colour, clarity, and cut, and it is often referred to as the 4Cs of diamond quality.
The diamond’s carat weight defines the stone’s weight, where 1 carat equals 200 milligrams. For most common customers, the carat weight is the essential feature when choosing jewellery. The widespread but wrong belief is that the larger and heavier the diamond, the higher its value and price. The weight is significant and influences the price greatly, but not more than other 3Cs. Even the huge gem can have undesirable inclusions, not be clear enough or may lose its properties if the cut is wrong. So, 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, 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 a pledge of loyalty. Famous jeweller Joseph Asscher did the cutting. More than 10 important diamonds were cut from the original Cullinan stone and became part of the Crown Jewels of England. Still, the largest and the most famous one is the 530.40-carat the Great Star of Africa or the Cullinan I Diamond, set in the Sovereign’s Scepter with a Cross.
The industry standard of diamond colour is measured from D to Z, where D is known as colourless and, thus, the most valuable. Diamonds marked D, E and F are considered colourless; G, H, I and J are near-colourless, but to the unaided eye, they still appear colourless; 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 yellow diamonds, that possess yellow or brown very noticeable tint. Though the colour may not be obvious to a person not interested in precious stones, it is very important for the diamond’s value and price. Each letter in the standard has a precise range of colour, and it requires special controlled lighting and viewing conditions to define the mark to the diamond accurately. The exception to the standard is fancy coloured diamonds, such as red, green and blue, which don’t belong to the scale and are more expensive considering their rarity.
Another very noteworthy feature of 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 are 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 the 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 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 you will ever sell the stone.
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 facet 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 a square shape at the top. It reminds me of the upside-down pyramid. It may contain from 50 to 58 facets. A princess-cut diamond possesses a few very important benefits. First, this cut allows for maintaining a great amount of the rough stone, unlike the brilliant round cut, which is why it is less expensive. Again, compared to round brilliant, princess cut diamond appears larger in the same carat weight. Due to the facets’ arrangement, the princess cut stones possess exceptional brilliance and shine. Another advantage of this type of cut is that it can conceal inclusions and flaws well enough. It became one of the favourite 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, the princess cut diamond earrings can highlight your look and personality with a special chic and elegance. Women prefer diamond studs with princess cut stones as they provide a 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 simultaneously.
Nowadays, it is easy to get the best diamond earrings online. Most online stores provide comfortable search filters, buying tips, special programs and sales. In several clicks, you can get the jewellery that’ll make you beautiful, like diamonds in the sky. All you need to do is to find a reliable online store and choose the jewellery you feel like wearing.
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 your best qualities and remain kind and sympathetic. Every jewellery piece will look nice on a nice person!