29 Apr 2020

Know Your Diamonds

Know Your Diamonds

Let’s be honest, all of us have felt intimidated by diamonds at some point in our life. Diamond jewellery is an investment and holds immense social and personal significance. From representing a commitment to love to a symbol of personal success, a diamond can mean different things to different people. So let’s demystify them and better understand the significance, qualities and maintenance of diamond jewellery.

The first and most important information about them comes down to the 4 Cs: knowing the cut, clarity, colour and carat of the diamond. We often think of a diamond's cut as shape (round, emerald, pear), but a diamond's cut grade is really about how well a diamond's facets interact with light and specifically refers to the quality of a diamond’s angles. A Diamond’s Clarity grade evaluates how clean a diamond is from both inclusions and blemishes. Next, the colour evaluation of most diamonds is based on the absence of colour, like a drop of pure water. The clearer the colour, the better is the quality of the gem. Lastly, Carat refers to the weight of the diamond. All else being equal, diamond price increases with carat weight, because larger diamonds are rare and more desirable.

A fifth and more recent parameter for buying diamonds is the origin of the gem itself. It is advisable to seek information about the source of the diamond to determine its ethical and geo-political impact on the planet. Lab-grown diamonds have the advantage of being ethical, conflict-free and environmentally responsible when compared to their naturally mined counterparts. The Diamond Library boasts of a large variety of options available for your selection, so you can find the perfect diamond to suit the occasion.

When it comes to styling diamond jewellery, the general rule to remember is that ‘less is more’. Let your piece of diamond jewellery be the highlight of the outfit to enhance its sparkle and excellence. It is important to avoid clashing with different styles of jewellery and maintain focus on your statement piece.

To ensure your diamonds continue to dazzle, a simple maintenance trick is to soak it in a gentle degreasing solution, such as water with a few drops of mild dish soap for thirty minutes. After you remove the diamond from the cleaning solution, use a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any remaining dirt within the grooves. This will keep the jewellery in excellent condition so you can cherish your special moment for years to come.