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Learn About Diamonds

The value of a diamond is determined by its quality and individual characteristics. Naturally you will want the best quality diamond you can afford. Before you buy a diamond it is best to have an understanding of what you are buying, so that you are able to make an informed decision. Learn about cut, clarity colour and carat weight. These qualities are what defines a diamond and are known as the 4 C's. Obtaining knowledge and an understanding about the 4 C's is an important first step towards buying the right diamond. To learn more about diamonds please read through the short overview of information, then click on the links to read more about each of the following topics.

Diamond Cut    Diamond Cut

The cut of a Diamond is the only property, which is totally dependent on man. Cut refers to the shape, proportions, symmetry, and finish or make of the diamond. A Diamond's Cut will influence the brilliance and fire of the diamond, and is what gives a diamond its beauty. Did you know that if a diamond is poorly cut, the colour and clarity can not make up for it? Diamond Cut is therefore one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing your diamond. Learn more about Diamond Cut.

Diamond Colour    Diamond Colour

Diamonds are found in a variety of colours. The rarest diamonds are ones that have a colourless grading or diamonds with fancy colours such as greens, blues, reds and pinks. The colour of a diamond has a significant impact on its value. The diamond colour scale ranges from D to Z colour, D being colourless down to Z colour which is light yellow. Even though the most valuable diamond is D colour, a diamond which grades G colour through to J colour will appear nearly colourless. Learn more about Diamond Colour.

Diamond Clarity    Diamond Clarity

Diamond clarity refers to the presence of identifying characteristics on and within the diamond. Most diamonds contain what are called inclusions; these have been caused by the constantly changing conditions during the different phases of the diamond's creation. Diamonds are graded for clarity under 10 power loupe magnification. Clarity grades range from Internally Flawless (IF) to Pique 3 (P1 or I1). While Flawless diamonds are the rarest, a diamond does not have to be flawless to be beautiful. Learn more about Diamond Clarity.

Diamond Carat    Diamond Carat

The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats; this is the weight of measure that the jewellery industry uses to weigh diamonds. One carat is divided into 100 points. A diamond weighing one quarter of a carat can also be described as weighing 25 points or 0.25 carats. Carat is often confused with the size of a diamond, even though it is actually a measure of weight or a diamond's mass. The size of a diamond is measured in millimetres. Larger diamonds are found in nature with much less frequency which makes them more valuable. Learn more about Diamond Carat Weight.

Diamond Certificates    Diamond Certificate

A diamond certificate is a blueprint of a loose diamond. A diamond certificate can also be called a diamond grading report or diamond dossier. The diamond certificate documents the diamond's exact measurements and weight, as well as the details of its cut and clarity. It precisely points out all the individual characteristics of the stone, inclusions and any flaws. A diamond which is certified provides consumers with confidence, security and increases comfort levels while making a decision on which diamond to purchase. Learn more about Diamond Certificates.

Diamond laser Inscription    Diamond Laser Inscription

Laser inscription is the use of a very fine precise laser beam to write a grading report number, or customised personal message on the girdle of a diamond. The laser inscription is totally invisible to the naked eye, and can only be seen with a magnifying loupe or a special diamond inscription viewer. Laser inscription provides instant verification, added security and peace of mind when making a diamond purchase. Laser inscription will ensure that the loose diamond matches the Diamond Certificate. Learn more about Diamond Laser Inscription.


Buying Diamonds    Buying Diamonds

When you start to think about buying a diamond, you naturally will want the best diamond that you can afford. Diamonds can be found in a range of shapes, sizes, qualities and prices. The value of a diamond is determined by its exact quality as defined by the four seas; Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat-Weight. Before you start diamond shopping, it is best to have an understanding of what you are buying. Getting knowledge and learning about diamonds is the first step towards buying the right diamond. Learn more about Buying Diamonds.


Certified Diamonds    Certified Diamonds

A certified diamond is a diamond that has been graded, tested and examined by a team of independent fully trained gemologists who then issue a Diamond certificate for that diamond. Independent certification is essential. It provides an accurate, unbiased description of the quality of the diamond, and assures you that the diamond is natural and untreated. When shopping for loose diamonds it is extremely important that they are certified. Learn more about Certified Diamonds.

Hearts & Arrows Diamonds    Heart & Arrows Diamonds

Hearts and Arrows is the term that is used to describe round diamonds that display a complete and precise Hearts and Arrows pattern and have total optical symmetry. All round diamonds display a hearts and arrows pattern to a certain extent. Diamonds with a true Hearts and Arrows pattern are supreme ideal cut diamonds with total optical symmetry. Hearts and Arrows diamonds produce excellent brilliance, fire and scintillation. Learn more about Hearts and Arrows.

Diamond Shapes    Diamond Shapes

Diamonds are cut in many different and exciting shapes. The shape of a diamond is often confused with its cut. Shape refers to the basic form of the diamond. The most common Diamond shapes are, round, princess, emerald, asscher, cushion, oval, heart, radiant, baguette, trilliant, marquise and pear shape. When it comes to the shape of a diamond, it is simply a matter of personal taste. The right diamond shape for you is really the shape that you like the appearance of, or have a preference to wards. Learn more about Diamond Shapes.

Diamond Settings    Diamond Settings

Diamond Rings come in a variety of designs these days. There are several designs to choose from when it is time to purchase your diamond ring. The most popular styles are; Solitaire setting, Solitaire cathedral setting, Setting with baguette diamonds, Diamond 3 stone setting, and diamond Channel set ring. Apart from the ring design there is also the setting style of the actual diamonds to consider. The setting for your diamond is like a picture frame, it holds and protects the diamond, and enhances its beauty. Learn more about Diamond Settings.

Diamond Dictionary    Diamond Dictionary

Is there some term or word that you have heard associated with a diamond but do not know or understand the meaning? Use our diamond dictionary to search for the meanings of terms and words used in the diamond and jewellery trades. Our diamond dictionary will help you gain a better understanding of common terms and words used by diamond wholesalers and jewellers. View our comprehensive Diamond Dictionary.

Famous Diamonds    Famous Diamonds

View an outstanding collection of some of the world's most beautiful, rare and Famous Diamonds. These famous diamonds are unique and exhibit amazing cut, clarity, colour and carat weight. These famous diamonds are owned by royalty, famous collectors and museums around the world. Some of these famous diamonds have a history as rich as their values.

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