Understanding the Diamond World

Introduction

Diamonds are the most valued and precious gemstone. It is worn by millions and in fact royalty as a symbol of strength, status and divine invincibility. Decades on, diamonds have also developed the ultimate declaration of love in the form of engagement rings, eternity rings and contemporary wedding bands.

The history of diamonds is quite interesting. Before you are wearing your precious diamond ring, the process before it reaches the window is remarkable.

Understanding Diamonds

Most customers have never heard of the four C's of diamonds and know nothing about diamonds. But here at Horners we are here to help you understand better.

Every diamond is unique in every way. Experts analyse a diamond using the 4 C’s to identify the value of the diamond. The 4 C’s are categorised:

Carat

Bigger is Bigger (And not necessarily better).

Diamonds are measured in carats, rather than the size. Carat weights are rarer and more precious. Carats are split into points where 100 points are equal to one carat.

When buying diamond jewellery, the most appealing factor is likely to be the carat weight of a diamond.  The more the carat the more valuable the diamond is worth.

CaratWeight-Scale

Colour

Good Colour is no Colour.

A diamond is a spectrum of colours. Colour in a diamond acts like a filter and diminishes the spectrum of colours produced.

Less colour in the diamond, the better the colour grade, the more valuable the diamond is.

Diamond-Colour-Chart

Cut

There is cut. And then there's Cut.

The cut refers to their finish. Experts can transform a rough diamond to a lustrous polished diamond by polishing tiny facets into the rough stone. Facets are the flat, polished surfaces on a diamond.

A diamond can be cut in various ways; to be heavier gaining more value.

The 8 most popular shapes of a diamond:

diamond_cut

Clarity

A Rarity

Diamonds, more than any other gemstone,they have the capability to produce the maximum of lustre.

Clarity of a diamonds is the quality of the diamond. The diamond clarity relates to the visual appearance of internal characteristics called inclusions.

Clarity is one of the four Cs of diamond grading.

diamond_clarity_scale

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