What to look for in a diamond ring?

11 Apr 2016

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Purchasing a diamond ring, whether it be an engagement one or not, is different to most other jewellery purchases. Why? Basically, diamonds are technical and when investing a small fortune into such a precious piece of jewellery it only makes sense that you deserve to make an informed choice.

When purchasing a diamond at Larsen Jewellery one of our jewellers, who are all diamond experts, will educate you on the differences between the 4c’s showing you a range of diamonds up close so you can truly understand the differences before making your purchase.

If you haven’t heard the term the 4c’s, you will quickly have this one down pat. The 4c’s is the grading system used to determine a diamonds quality. The 4C’S are the Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat. Here is the quick breakdown of each:

Cut - The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance and refers to its proportions, symmetry and finish. Put simply, the more precisely it has been cut, the more it will sparkle.

Colour - A diamond’s colour grade refers to the lack of colour. In other words, diamonds that contain little or no colour, receive higher quality grades than those with a visible colour tint.

Clarity - Clarity refers to the presence (or absence) of tiny impurities or blemishes within or on the surface of a diamond. These imperfections are also known as inclusions.

Carat - Carat is a term that refers to the weight of a diamond, although people usually associate it with size. The carat weight is often the factor that people will vary to find a diamond within their budget. One carat is made up of 100 points, therefore a half carat diamond is also referred to as 50 point diamond.

So which of these are considered the most important? The Cut of a diamond is considered the most important factor in a diamonds beauty. How well a diamond is cut determines a diamond’s ability to handle and reflect light and generate brilliance. In a diamond that is well-cut, light enters through the table and travels through the stone where it is reflected from one side to the other before the light is returned back to the viewer’s eye. If a diamond is cut poorly the diamond will appear dull and lifeless.

At Larsen Jewellery we believe in quality, to us it is all in the details. A smaller diamond of a higher quality set into a well considered and beautifully crafted ring speaks more than a large, lifeless diamond set into an average ring. A diamond ring is forever, so why spend the time to create something that will not stand the test of time.

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