How to choose your perfect solitaire
One of the most important pre-wedding investment that a couple should make is their engagement ring. It is that one piece of jewelry that not only defines your love, but also lives on for life as the sole token of your togetherness. And that one piece of rock on a band of metal is enough to send the missus in a frenzy of tears. So all you misters should possess a sound knowledge in what you buy for your lady love, because we know what she wants more than you.
The lustre of a stone depends mainly on the four C’s of Gemology, namely cut, clarity, colour and carat.
The value of a diamond does not depend on the price of the stone. It depends on the cut above all things. The cut determines the angle of the light that passes through the stone which makes it possible for the diamond to reflect ‘white light’ internally and externally, which we known as brilliance. It is necessary for a diamond to have mirror-like facets. If the diamond is cut too deep or too shallow, it will leak light on all the sides, giving it a lacklustre appearance leading to reduction of its value and brilliance.
A perfect white diamond has no hue. The colourlessness of a diamond is graded on the scale ranging from D to Z, with D being the most colourless to Z being light yellow. A colourless diamond usually costs much more than a coloured one, unless the hue of the diamond is exceptionally rare.
The more the clarity the more expensive the gem is. Even though a diamond without inclusion does not exist, as it is inevitable for the gemstone to possess the signs of aging and pressure while forming in the earth’s mantle. Diamonds that are graded in the SI1 and SI2 range are slightly included but their imperfections are often invisible to the naked eye.
Carat is the weight of the diamond. And it is no rocket science to figure out the more the carat size, the more is the pocket pinch. But even a smaller diamond can be made to look like a big rock with the right cut and mounting. A diamond with a smaller carat size but a shallow cut may look larger than a diamond with a bigger carat size and a deeper cut, just due to the larger surface area. The appearance of size also depends on the shape the diamond is cut in. Cuts such as a pear cut, or emerald has more surface area thus making the stone appear much larger than it might actually be.