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Avoid the ‘8’ Mistakes People make when buying a Diamond Ring

The following Guide is an absolute must read before you purchase any diamond ring from any store or on-line shop.  It spells out the pitfalls in black and white and in simple terms.  We all love quality, but at the same time, we are all price conscious.  Big marketing campaigns can murky your decision making process, as can plain lies and misinformation.  This guide tells you a few things to look out for and will ultimately ensure you end up with a stunning diamond ring at the right price.

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Coloured Diamonds: Good, Bad, or Fad?

Round brilliant polished diamonds.When most men consider purchasing a diamond engagement ring, they automatically picture a colourless diamond, and rightly so. Colourless diamonds are the most popular and perhaps most desirable of all diamonds, but they aren’t the only stones available. Diamonds occur in a variety of different colours that can be extremely appealing to many women.

So, why if they are so fabulous, haven’t you heard much about them? Could it be they are just a fad? Let’s find out.

 

The Truth About Coloured Diamond Rings

  • They are Rare- One of the main reasons coloured diamond engagement rings are unique and not generally seen is due to the fact that they are actually rather rare. Now, there are stones which are enhanced artificially, but that’s not what we’re discussing.
  • They Come in Various Colours- Coloured diamonds can be found in a variety of colours, including blues, greens, blacks, purples, and yellows. The rarest diamond colour is pink, and is only found in the Australian Argyle diamond mine, which is a mine that produces all but 5% of the diamonds in the world. Regardless of their colour, these diamonds are made by forming near mineral deposits. The type of deposit and the position of the deposit determines the colour of the diamond.
  • Their Use is Affected by Prejudice- While these diamonds are beautiful, especially when used in engagement rings, many individuals are not keen on them. This is because they have been taught that white, or more appropriately, colourless diamonds are the best. While colourless diamonds are indeed beautiful, it never hurts to add a bit of colour to your world.
  • Some Coloured Diamonds Didn’t Start Out Beautiful- Because diamonds that have colour are generally more expensive and rare, many individuals use colour enhancement to bring out the colour, or change the colour, of their diamonds. This process is risky to the diamond, however, and some diamonds cannot be enhanced.

While fashion trends do tell us whether or not wearing coloured diamonds is ‘in style,’ these beautiful diamonds should not be considered a fad. Rather, they are unique gems that are part of the vast and beautiful diamond family.

If you are thinking of purchasing a diamond, don’t let the latest fads or trends be a part of your diamond decision. Whether you are looking for a colourless stone or something a bit unique, it’s a highly personal decision. If you are unsure, the traditional, colourless diamond in a round cut is by far the most brilliant of all. You can’t go wrong with that one.

My Diamond Isn’t Flawless? A Practical Guide to Understanding Nature’s Creation

03 copyMost of us are aware of the fact that natural diamonds are formed deep within the Earth under intense pressure and heat. Well, with anything that is naturally made, there are also natural imperfections. For a diamond, they are like birthmarks and are completely expected. It’s true, your diamond isn’t flawless. To the naked eye it probably looks absolutely exquisite, but there are minor imperfections to be sure.

If you are just starting your search for the perfect engagement ring, here’s a quick guide to the flaws and imperfections you can expect. Some, such as cloudiness, you’ll want to avoid. This imperfection will affect the brilliance of the stone. On the other hand, a small carbon deposit, which looks like a fleck of pepper, can easily hide under a prong if it’s in the right place and not deter from the sparkle of your diamond at all.

Here’s Your Diamond Imperfection Guide

There are two major categories which diamond flaws fall under. External and internal. External flaws are generally removed in the polishing process. Internal flaws, also referred to as inclusions, are located within the stone itself and these are the imperfections you’ll be looking at when you are selecting your diamond engagement ring.

There are several different internal flaws to look for in a diamond. Keep in mind when looking for your perfect stone, the most important factors are brilliance (or the stones ability to reflect light), colour (you are usually looking for the absence of colour), and transparency (your ability to see through the stone without noticing cloudy areas or large deposits). This is all with the naked eye. With that in mind, here are the imperfections you can expect to find in diamonds:

  • Feathers – These tiny inclusions present in the interior of the stone resemble a feather in appearance.
  • Clouds  – are made up of a large number of microscopic crystals which will absorb light and take away from the brilliance of the diamond.
  • Carbon deposits –  tiny flecks within the diamond and can affect the grade if they are large and easily seen.
  • Pinpoints – are tiny flaws that can generally only be detected through a 10x jeweller’s loupe or microscope.
  • Included crystals – are the most common diamond inclusions and are formed when various types of crystals become trapped within the stone during the crystallization process. The effect they have on the grade the diamond is given depends on the clour as well as the size of the inclusion.
  • A knot – occurs during the polishing process when an inclusion becomes exposed. The knot will have a different appearance than the rest of the polished facets.

Should you be worried about flaws in your diamond? All Diamonds, under enough magnification, will have flaws. The only inclusions to be of concern are cracks which affect the integrity of your stone. Your jewellery professional will make you aware of this situation if it were to occur, but fine jewellery stores rarely include stones in their inventory which are severely included.

It is smart to educate yourself on the different flaws you may run into when comparing stones. This will keep you from being surprised. Since diamonds are created by nature, expect slight imperfections and be aware of which imperfections (cloudiness) will affect the way the stone appears so you can steer clear of those.