How Big is a One Carat Diamond?
Are you shopping for a shiny 1 carat diamond engagement ring? Maybe you’re just buying someone a nice present because, well, they’re the kind of person that deserves it and you’re the kind of person that knows how to buy great presents? Whatever the reason, there’s a particular question in diamond buying which can often cause confusion. Just how big is a one carat diamond?Read More
What to Look For in an Emerald Cut Diamond
So you want to buy an emerald-cut diamond? You clearly have exquisite taste. The emerald cut may not have the razzle-dazzle of some of the other diamond shapes but what it lacks in sparkle, it makes up for in cool demeanour and vintage sophistication. It’s also extremely good value compared to a round brilliant or princess cut.Read More
How Much Should You Pay for a Half Carat Diamond?
If you’re looking to buy a half carat diamond – perhaps for an engagement ring – then working out what a 'good' price is can be a minefield. Diamond prices vary wildly and half carat diamond prices are no exception. So how are you supposed to set a reasonable budget?Read More
Know what to look for when buying diamonds
Buying diamonds can be a daunting experience if you have little or no experience in such matters. No doubt you want to get the very best items you can within your budget. However, if you do not know what to look for, this can be difficult.Read More
Are Your Diamonds Real?
Nothing beats the stunning beauty and timeless elegance of genuine diamonds. While some artificial diamonds may look indistinguishable from the real thing, over time they could become cloudy and chipped, ruining the appearance of your prized piece of jewellery. Once you know how, checking if a diamond is real is relatively simple, and could prevent you from becoming duped by convincing fake.Read More
Why Choose a Radiant Cut Diamond?
The Radiant Cut Diamond is considered the grandfather of the modern day fancy cut with a history of over 20 years. The popularity of the diamond comes from the fact that it was the first diamond to have the pavilion faceted. The radiant cut, also known by the terms a cut-cornered and also by GIA as a square modified brilliant, typically has 70 facets. The radiant cut of diamond is a square shaped cut however as sharp edges are a point of weakness in the gem, cutters have truncated the edges.Read More
Why Choose an Emerald Cut Diamond?
The Emerald cut diamond became a very popular cut due to its classical style and elegance not seen in other cuts. The emerald cut is what is known as a step cut diamond as opposed to the more common brilliant cut diamond. This gives an appearance of steps going into the diamond which results in a very distinctive and unique brilliance. Typically the number of facets that emerald cut has is 58, with 25 on the pavilion 8 on the girdle and another 25 on the crown.Read More
Why Choose a Heart Shaped Diamond?
The heart shaped diamond cut represents love and romanticism on a level which other cuts can only aspire to achieve. The shape being as it is, the ultimate symbol of love, makes it the perfect choice for Valentine's Day, an engagement ring or possibly even an anniversary gift.Read More
Why Choose a Princess Cut Diamond?
Second only to the ever popular Round Brilliant Cut, The Princess Cut diamond has become one of the most popular cuts on the market today. One of the youngest cuts it was developed during the late 20th century to maximise weight retention of octahedral Diamond crystals, helping to create more attractive Diamonds at more reasonable prices. It was the first fancy cut to achieve AGS status in 2005. The shape can vary between square and rectangular. Its appeal comes from the fact that it achieves a brilliance and fire reflection to almost match that of the Round Brilliant Cut but with a rectangular or square shape.Read More
The Truth About Fancy Coloured Diamonds
When we talk about diamond colour, we’re usually talking about the lack of it. Colourless diamonds - or absolutely colourless, if you’re really stinking rich - are the créme de la créme of diamonds. They’re the ones rated D or E on the colour scale and they’re the rarest and most desirable diamonds on the planet. Or are they?Read More
Why Choose a Round Brilliant Cut Diamond?
The Round Brilliant Cut is arguably the most popular and most recognizable diamond cut of all the cuts available with over three quarters of all diamonds used in jewellery cut to this shape, this is because it achieves the greatest brilliance and fire. Thus is optically the most efficient. It was developed by Marcel Tolkowsky as late as 1919. This cut is certainly the most popular amongst buyers at the present time with the Princess Cut being a distant second.Read More