June 14 2017 – Ashley Schenkein
Girl’s best friend...shine bright like a diamond...yes, we know all that already, but which shape says it all and fits our relationship, personality, and style? Decisions, decisions...The good news? You’re not alone and this Diamond Guide will help you to better understand the 4 main components of buying a diamond. No matter what your budget and preference is, there is a unique stone out there for you and we’ll help you find it. Our first segment: The Cut.
Although the shape of your diamond is not part of what is known as the 4C’s (Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat-size,) the shape of your diamond goes hand in hand with the cut. The most common shapes are Round Brilliant, Oval, Princess, Emerald, Pear, Marquis, Radiant, Heart, and Cushion.
Now for more details about The Cut. Diamonds are desired for their ability to transmit light so intensely. A diamond’s cut grade is really about how well a diamond’s facets interact with light, AKA, The Sparkle!!
It takes quite a bit of artistry and workmanship to fashion a stone so its proportions, symmetry and polish deliver the best "shimmer." A diamond’s cut is absolutely crucial to the stone’s beauty and of course, value. Of all the diamond 4Cs, it is the most complex and technically difficult to analyze.
The following terms help to evaluate how a diamond interacts with light to create that desirable sparkly visual effect and will help you sift through the jargon when buying your stone:
- Brightness: This is referring to the internal and external light reflected from the stone.
- Fire: This means the scattering of white light into every color on the spectrum of the rainbow.
- Scintillation: This is the amount of sparkle a diamond produces, and the pattern of light and dark areas caused by reflections within the diamond.
Diamonds and graphite have exactly the same chemical composition!
FUN FACT: Did you know diamonds and graphite have exactly the same chemical composition!? Wait..what!? They couldn't be more different in appearance, but they actually share many of the same chemical and physical properties. They are both made of pure carbon (the chemical composition is identical), have insanely high melting points, and occur naturally on the earth. Mind blown.
We hope this guide will help you in your journey to finding the perfect stone that reflects your love, personality, and style. Stay tuned for the other 3 parts of the 4C's.
With Ashley by your side, we will be sure to find the perfect shape and cut to fit your budget. Contact us today to set up an appointment!
The ASJD Team