While some have a tough time deciding what diamond cut to “marry” when they go diamond ring shopping, many women know precisely what cut attracts them most when it comes to the grandest gem that they will ever wear.
Often a diamond cut can reveal some facet of the wearer’s personality too.
What might your diamond cut choice say about you?
We have all been told time and time again that diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
If your beloved hasn’t done the whole buy the ring thing before that big proposal then generally as a couple some research is usually done to ensure that you get the absolute best for your budget.
Diamonds are precious, which means that they can be very expensive, so you definitely want to do everything that you can in order to ensure that you are making the best decisions possible when it comes to making your choices.
This rule works similarly with your bridal accessories such as a bracelet, necklace, tiara or bridal headpiece.
The world of diamonds is characterized by the 4 C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat.
Something that has become evident over the years is that unfortunately, some people tend to put too much emphasis on carat (the size of the diamond) and not enough on everything else.
Allow us to provide a little insight into why we think that ‘cut’ is actually the most important C in the bunch.
Carat – As mentioned above, the carat of a diamond refers to its weight. The higher the carat, the more expensive the diamond.
Colour – The color of a diamond tends to be graded by how white or specifically ‘colorless’ it is. These grades operate from D (most colorless) to Z (containing a noticeable yellow or brown tint). Colour can be a major factor in pricing if rare.
Clarity – Clarity is the measure of how free a diamond is from blemishes and inclusions, rated in ten graded categories ranging from FL (flawless) to I2 (inclusions 2).
Cut – Which brings us to cut, arguably the most underrated but most important C.
All of these C ‘factors’ are determined by certification labs within your country of origin. Having these organizations to provide consistency is an important measure of quality for those invested in the buying and selling of diamonds.
What is Cut?
Diamond cut refers to the quality and measurements of a diamond’s angles.
If a diamond is too shallow or too deep, then it isn’t going to evoke as much sparkle and ‘bling’ as it could do.
If the diamond cut is ideal, however, then there will be a maximum of brilliant sparkle every time the stone interacts with light. It’s important to note that cut is very different from shape, as shape simply refers to the visual appearance of the stone, be it heart-shaped, oval, square etc.
If a stone abides by the ideal guidance levels of a diamond cut chart, then you will end up with exactly the type of diamond that Marilyn Monroe was singing about.
A diamond cut chart will grade from Excellent to Poor and Excellent is obviously the standard to be aiming for.
So Which Diamond Should I Buy?
If you are planning to make the biggest impact possible with a diamond purchase, then the best advice to follow is that searching for the best cut rather than the highest carat is always going to give you a more satisfying final result.
A higher carat will result in a bigger diamond on your finger, but unless it produces the amazing sparkle of the best cut stones, then is the cost really worth it?
If nothing else, remember this, spending a little less on a smaller diamond with an excellent rated cut is much wiser than shelling out for a huge carat stone that is too shallow or too deep.
Choosing a diamond cut doesn’t have to be difficult when you search your soul and complement your own personality style.
The diamond will reflect love but its cut can certainly be a reflection of the women who wears it.
Since a diamond should most definitely be forever, be sure to choose a style that you’ll love for all the years to come.
Take your time with your purchase and choose a gem cut that embodies who you are and who you love to be.
For further insight and information, head over to the diamond cut page on the Pricescope Diamond forum.
It’s a great source for independent information that will further inform your buying decisions.