Its supposed to be your best friend, and yet which diamond to choose is one of the most difficult choices in the world!
The stunning variety available, today, suits any occasion and any style be it traditional or modern.
Usually South Indians prefer the close setting (the stones are not visible on the underside) while the open setting (the stones are visible on the underside), is popular among North Indians.How do you select Diamonds
There are four characteristics that professionals use to determine the quality of a diamond.The 4 C's " Cut, Carat , Color, and Clarity. " help describe and classify diamonds. The value, beauty and quality of diamond are determined by how close these factors come to the ideal criteria of the 4 C's.
Shapes other than the standard round brilliant are called fancy shapes. Their names are based on their shapes.
Some of the Shapes
The bright sparkles and brilliance, characteristic of the diamonds depends on the cut or make of the polished diamonds. Cut refers to the angles, relative measurements and the polish or precision of the cut and not just how perfectly it is shaped. Most diamonds are cut with a full 58 facets and a good cut diamond has more brilliance, fire and ultimate beauty.Colour
Most diamonds are nearly colorless with faint yellow or brown shades. The value of diamonds decreases with the increasing shades or tint of colour. The most sought-after color for a diamond is one where no colour is evident. Some can contain shades of yellow to brown, which are referred to as champagne diamonds. Other diamonds of exceptional color, red, blue, pink and amber, are known as ‘Fancies’.
Is the relative absence of scratches or blemishes on the surface of the diamond.Carat Weight
The standard unit of weight used for gemstones. One carat equals 0.200 grams (or 200 milligrams). Large diamonds are rarer than small diamonds; therefore larger diamonds cost more per carat than a smaller diamond of similar clarity, cut and color.
However, the shape you select is a matter of individual taste, and today your choice is only limited by the skill and imagination of the craftsman.
Wear your diamond, and get ready to rule your world!