What do I need to know about selecting the perfect diamond?
Not only is an engagement ring a beautiful reminder of the bond you share with a special person, but it is a personal style statement you choose to make for every day that it’s worn. Your ring setting is the foundation of your entire ring design. It consists of the metal frame work that your diamond is mounted on and it plays a key role in providing the ring with its unique style. Here you can learn the differences between some of the settings we sell here at Forever My Gem.
Also known as the Round Diamond, it is considered to be the most popular shape for diamond engagement rings. It maximizes light return through its top due to its cone shape.
Princess Cut Diamonds for many make the perfect engagement ring as they are very clear. Considered to be an exotic treasure because of their exquisite shape, they are designed to receive top brilliance from their square cut.
The Cushion Cut Diamond is one with a classic, whimsical and romantic appeal. It has large facets and rounded corners. It is designed to attract the beauty of candlelight!
The Emerald Cut Diamond is best known for its precision and beauty. It lacks the brilliance of diamonds that are cut with triangular and kite-shaped facets, but it certainly makes up for it in its extreme clarity-imagine looking into glacier-pure ice.
The Four c's
The term ‘Carat’ or 'Carat Weight' refers to the weight of the diamond. Carat Weight is often confused with size, however, in actuality, a carat is a measure of a diamond’s weight. To choose the best carat weight for your diamond ring, consider the size of your finger, the size of the jewelry setting, and your budget.
While in many cases Carat Weight can be proportionate to its size, It is also important to remember that carat weight is not the only determining factor of a diamond’s size.
A diamond’s cut can dramatically change the appearance of the diamond’s size.
It is possible to have a diamond of a lower carat weight, but with higher cut grade, that appears large, because when a diamond is cut correctly, the maximum amount of light is reflected out of the top of the diamond, making it appear larger.
Likewise a diamond with a high carat weight and a poor cut can appear smaller, as the light is not properly being reflected. Forever My Gem stocks only Ideal cut diamonds to ensure you get the best value for money when you choose a Carat Weight.
The cut of a diamond is considered by gemologists, diamond experts and jewelers to be the most significant characteristic of the 4 C’s. When light hits the diamond’s surface, it will either reflect off the diamond or enter it. Light reflecting off is called the diamond’s brilliance. As for the light entering through the diamond, some of the rays of the light separate into color flashes. These are referred to as dispersion. The separation of the white light into spectral colors-derived from dispersion, is what is referred to as fire.
Despite a diamond having the highest-grade color and clarity, it will look dull, lifeless and lacking in “life” or brilliance if the stone is poorly cut. Diamonds should sparkle, meaning that light should be reflected out of the face of the stone.
The Ideal Cut Diamond has perfect proportions in order to refract light, thus producing that brilliance and sparkle. Due to the nature of their shape and perfect proportions, when cut well, Round Brilliant and Princess cut diamonds will produce the most fire and brilliants of all the cuts.
For a beautiful, sparkly diamond, look for “Very Good” and “Ideal” cut grades.
*Note: “Good”, “Fair” and “Poor” cut grades are not stocked by Forever My Gem.
After cut, a diamond’s color is considered the second most important characteristic in the diamond selection process. This is true because the human eye detects a diamond’s sparkle first and color second. It is also important to understand that as diamond size increases the color becomes more noticeable.
Diamonds are valued by how colorless they are; therefore the less color a diamond has the higher its value will be when graded. As we look to distinguish between two diamonds, it would be difficult to differentiate between them as regards their color unless they are minimally two color grades apart. The color of a diamond ranges from D-Z, and there are usually fall within one of the following Categories: colorless, near colorless, faint color.
Colorless Diamonds (D-F): These are the rarest and most valuable of diamonds on the color scale. D-E color diamonds have virtually no color, and F color ones have an almost undetected level of color as viewed by a gemologist in the face down position.
Near Colorless Diamonds (G-J): In this range, diamonds appear near colorless when viewed in the face up position, however when viewed face down display a slight amount of color put up against a perfectly white background. However, this slight, trace color is virtually not detectable to the untrained eye once the diamond has been placed into its setting.These near colorless diamonds certainly give great value for their price
Faint Color Diamonds (K): These diamonds may show some slight hint of color while viewed in the face up position, nonetheless, they are still a great option for those not as sensitive to color. In fact, some people enjoy the color scheme that is created from these diamonds.
As Diamonds are naturally occurring and formed in the earth, they often contain what internal characteristics known in the diamond industry as ‘inclusions’.
Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone.
When selecting a diamond, it is important to select one without any inclusions so that its beauty and look will not be adversely impacted. If you are looking to be certain that the diamond you choose is completely clear of any visible eye inclusions, it is recommended to choose a ‘VS2’ or higher graded diamond. However, SI graded diamonds are also of strong quality and characteristics, and any inclusions are usually not visible to the naked eye.
FL – Flawless: No internal or external imperfections.
IF – Internally Flawless: No internal imperfections. Very rare.
VVS1, VVS2 – Very, Very Slightly Included: Very difficult to see imperfections under 10x magnification. An excellent quality diamond.
VS1, VS2 – Very Slightly Included: Imperfections are not typically visible to the naked eye. Less expensive than the VVS1 or VVS2 grades.
SI1, SI2 – Slightly Included: Imperfections are visible under 10x magnification and may be visible with the naked eye. A good diamond value.
I1, I2, I3 – Included: Forever My Gem does not carry diamonds of I1, I2 or I3 grade clarity.