An item of diamond jewellery can last you a lifetime. These stunning pieces can't fail to add a touch of timeless elegance to any outfit, and can be handed down through generations, never going out of style. When you invest in diamond jewellery, you'll want to make sure that it is as beautiful and lustrous as you can afford. To ensure you're purchasing quality diamonds, you could check them for the 'four Cs'.
- Cut Grade
When diamonds are first mined, they are dull and rock-like. It's the cut of the diamond that defines it shape and brilliance. Cut diamonds should perfectly reflect the light all over, creating an eye-catching sparkle. The higher quality and more intricate the cut is, the more expensive the diamond will be.
Because diamonds come from nature, it's impossible to find one that is completely flawless, but good quality diamonds should have as few flaws as possible. If a diamond has flaws that are visible to the naked eye, it should not be purchased.
When purchasing white diamonds, they should appear completely colourless with no inclusions. Completely Colourless diamonds will be the most expensive, while ones with a yellowish tinge should not be purchased.
- Carat Weight
The carat is the unity by which diamonds are weighed. Generally, diamonds with a large carat weight are more expensive than smaller ones, unless the diamond has many flaws and inclusions. For budget-conscious buyers, smaller diamonds clustered together can offer the appearance of a larger diamond, at a fraction of the cost.