Diamonds: Cost, Cut, Clarity, Carat, and Colour
There’s a reason that diamonds are one of the most sought after jewels all around the world, stemming from a long-standing association with love, sentimentality, wealth and class. The age-old phrase that “diamonds are a girl's best friend” is a popular saying for a reason, showcasing just how much influence this popular stone has as one of the most prized jewels around the world.
How much do you know about the things that make one diamond more valuable than another? Many people focus purely on the surface qualities of the stone, but perhaps it's time for us to dig a little deeper, finding out a bit more about cost, cut, clarity and colour. Carat is also something that comes up all the time when talking about engagement rings, so we’ll circle round to this as well, painting a complete picture about what exactly makes a diamond so valuable, and the things you should be considering before making your next purchase.
Costs of Diamonds
Traditionally, diamonds are considered to be a relatively expensive luxury item, often associated with milestones, weddings, anniversaries and more. As a result of this, specific care and consideration should go into making your purchase, not only because it can be an expensive process, but because of the sentimentality attached to the purchase. Costs of diamonds can vary, but Jenna Clifford’s popular engagement range, for example, can give you some sense of pricing to expect across a range of products.
Types of Diamond Cuts
The cut of the diamond directly references what the diamond looks like, in terms of proportion and shape. Ideally, the cut will be made in such a way to optimise light reflection, giving it the popular shimmer and sparkle we’ve all come to know and love when thinking about diamonds. Explore different cuts when talking to your jeweler about your specific needs and be mindful of the price differences between cuts.
The Colour of Your Diamonds
Very few people know that diamonds are not traditionally the ‘clear’ colour that has become so popular. In fact, diamonds come in a variety of colours, largely influenced by atomic structure. Essentially, the more “clear” (or colourless) a diamond is, the more its value increases, likely the very reason why this type has been so popularised in pop culture for so long. For more traditional brides-to-be, a colourless option is a good bet, although it's worth exploring all options should you be in the market for something a little less traditional and in a different price range.
The Clarity of Diamonds
While we’ve established that the value of a diamond increases with “colourlessness”, did you know that the clarity of the diamond also affects how much it is worth? All diamonds have small defects which make them unique, and the clarity of the diamond is largely determined by the extent of the natural defects within each stone. The less natural “clarity” the diamond has, the more rare and valuable it is.
How Many Carats Should You Be Considering?
We’ve all seen what happens when someone around you gets engaged: the first question that pops up is often related to how many carats the stone in the ring is (mostly, it comes from that inquisitive aunt). But what exactly is a carat? Essentially, it is the weight measurement unit used for diamonds. In industry terms, one carat equals 100 “points”. In layman's terms, the bigger the diamond, the more rare and valuable it is assumed to be. If you’re buying by the carat, consider your budget, and explore a variety of options, to try and find one that suits your taste, as well as your pocket.