The 4C's of Diamond Quality:
CutThe cut of a diamond is the most visible factor to¬†consider when choosing an engagement ring. It‚Äôs important to remember that the cut of a diamond is different from the diamond shape.¬†¬†Firstly, the precision with which a diamond is cut determines how brilliant and sparkling it will be. The quality of a diamond‚Äôs cut ranges on the following scale: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor. At Paul Sheeran Jewellers, we recommend diamonds that have an Excellent or Very Good cut to ensure your diamond has maximum sparkle! Secondly, the shape of a diamond outlines the overall style and look of a gemstone. Everyone has different shaped hands and fingers so certain shapes will complement individual hands differently. Our specialist team at Johnson‚Äôs Court will guide you through this process and ensure your ring will satisfy you for a lifetime. Check out different shapes of diamond engagement rings!
ColourThe GIA, who is the international authority on diamond quality, grade a diamond‚Äôs colour on a scale from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow tint). The scale is broken down as follows:
- D to F is ‚Äúcolourless‚Äù. Colourless diamonds are the rarest, which therefore can make these diamonds more expensive.
- G to J are ‚Äúnearly colourless‚Äù where the colour is only noticeable to professional gemstone graders.
- K to M are ‚Äúfaint‚Äù where there is a hint of yellow that is difficult to detect to the untrained eye.
- N to R come under the classification of ‚Äúvery light‚Äù and a hint of colour is visible to the untrained eye.
- S to Z is ‚Äúlight‚Äù where diamonds can appear yellow or brown.
ClarityThe clarity of a diamond is dependent on how many blemishes or ‚Äúinclusions‚Äù a gemstone has. The term ‚Äúflawless diamond‚Äù refers to a completely unblemished diamond. However, such a gemstone is so rare that only 1% of diamonds in the world come under this classification. The fewer inclusions a diamond has, the more light can shine clearly through, and the more brilliant it will be! The scale of diamond clarity is broken down as follows:
Source: GIA 4C's ClarityHowever, we stress to our customers that though a diamond may have a higher clarity, it doesn‚Äôt always mean a diamond is more suited to your needs. The clarity grade does not necessarily affect a diamond ring's overall beauty and impact.¬†At Paul Sheeran, we understand that a diamond engagement ring is a significant purchase for our customers. We want our customers to feel confident with their purchase and encourage them to gain as much knowledge as possible regarding all aspects of diamond quality.