The perfect diamond

By on 15/04/2014

Color: By color is meant the diamond’s lack of color or the whiteness of the diamond. The highest color grade is D, while the lowest is Z. The less color a diamond has, higher its color grade is and higher would be its price. After cut, color is the second most important characteristic in determining the diamond as the human eye first detects the sparkle and then the color. The different color grades and their explanation include:

Z-K: Noticeable color

J-I: Near Colorless: Exceptional value with slightly detectable color or tone

H-G: Near Colorless: Color is difficult to detect unless compared side-to-side with better grade diamonds.

F-E: Colorless: Minute traces of color can be detected. Very rare though.

D: Absolutely Colorless: The highest color grade. Extremely rare diamond.  

Select a colorless diamond with grade of D-F with no color for the perfectionist. However, if you are looking for an excellent value diamond with little or no noticeable color to the unaided eye, invest in a grade of G-1.

Clarity: By clarity is meant a measure to assess the number and size of tiny, natural imperfections that occur in almost all diamonds. Most of these imperfections are microscopic and do not really affect the diamonds beauty. Among the 4C’s, clarity influences the diamond’s appearance the least. Industry specialists use various terms like inclusions and blemishes among others, to identify the type and extent of imperfections. Lower the imperfections, higher the clarity, which results in higher price. The different grades of clarity include:

FL: Flawless: No internal of external imperfections   

IF: Internally Flawless: No internal imperfections

VVS1, VVS2: Very Very Slightly Included: Very difficult to see imperfections under 10x magnifying glass. Diamonds of this clarity grade are excellent quality diamonds. 

VS1, VS2: Very Slight Included: Imperfections are not typically visible to unaided eye.

S11, SI2: Slightly Included: Imperfections are visible under 10-x magnifying glass and might be visible to the unaided eye. Diamonds of this clarity grade are value diamonds.

I1: Included: The grade of diamonds have inclusions that are visible to the unaided eye.


Select an ‘eye-clean’ diamond that has no imperfections visible to the unaided-eye. These diamonds are much less expensive than the high category FL or IF diamonds, which are extremely rare. At times, SI diamonds have imperfections that are not visible to the unaided eye, making them an excellent value diamond. If you have a low budget, consider a SI grade diamond, which has imperfections that cannot be viewed by the unaided eye.

Carat: This is a measure of the diamonds weight, which is accurately reflected in its size. Every carat has 100 units, popularly known as cents. Do not confuse the term with karats, which is the unit, used to measure purity for gold.

In addition to the 4C’s, you will want to consider the diamond’s shape, which must be done by keeping in mind your partners preference. Some of the possible diamond shapes include round, princess (square), pear, oval, heart and

Smart Ways to Invest in an Engagement Ring

Now that you have decided the perfect engagement ring for your partner, here are some more tips for you to identify how to go about availing the ring for her.

The Three-Month Rule: Forget it! You do not need to save on thee month’s salary to buy the perfect engagement ring. This truly is a myth and is not really a rule. As this is, an emotional event and the purchase will last a lifetime. At least we hope it would, simply just make a budget and stick by it. Establish the budget to understand the different options you have. Once decided, remain firm and do not allow an over-zealous sales person talk you into drastically going over budget.

Act Like a Robber: Don’t simply try to guess her size. Steal one of her rings and have it sized. Also, try to get some snapshots of the style she likes. A wrong size can cost you excessively much money and effort. Analyze whether she is traditional or modern and sophisticated or feminine. Does she prefer gold to silver or delicate jewellery or chunky jewellery? Keep all her preferences in mind. If you buy something similar, you cannot really go wrong. Ask one of her friends to accompany you to the jeweler (if you are in doubt and sure that she would not spill the beans) to know more about her tastes and style.

Do Not Hold Back on the Cut: A diamond’s cut is the most vital factor that determines its sparkle or brilliance. The size does not always matter. If you have a smaller size diamond with an excellent cut, it will be more sparkly and will appear bigger than a lower-cut but bigger sized diamond.

Think Outside Brick-and-Mortar: In 2010, a total of $9.64 billion was spent on engagement rings and wedding bands, with just over $1 billion of the $9.64 billion was spent online.[1] This is because sites like xxxxxxxx tend to offer slightly lower prices than physical shops. One can save almost 20 – 40 % online.

Half a Carat Anyone: Save hundreds of dollars by knowing who different sizes or carats are priced. The prices jump at the carat and half carat marks. For example, if you are looking for a 1-carat diamond, consider looking for a 0.95 carat to save significant amounts of money. Moreover, the slim size discrepancy will never really be noticed.

Buy Certified: All diamonds are not equal and so it is a good idea to see the certification by at least one independent grading agency like the GIA or HRD. Do not blindly rely on the jeweler’s grading.

Confirm Return Policy: So the worst has just happened! Your fiancée or partner hated the ring. What do you do now? It might just be too late to return it. While some high-end jewelers have a strict 24-hour policy, others have loosened up and offer excellent policies like a 30-day return.

Purchasing your engagement ring is an important step of your relationship.  Not only are engagement rings cryptograms of everlasting love, but you are likely to wear it for the rest of your life. We hope our guide has helped you to understand them better and will help you find your dream engagement ring. Did you manage to find yours? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.


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