When buying a diamond it is important to do your research before you forfeit a large amount of your money. To make your journey enjoyable and hassle free we would like to offer consultations to assist you in the decision making process. We ensure that you gain exceptional value. At the same time we strongly encourage consumers to do their own research and gain an understanding on what it is they are after. As such we have prepared this guide, wherein you will be taught the skills to ensure that you are purchasing a diamond according to your own standards.
How much should you spend on a diamond?
That is very much up to you. Some people consider one or two months’ salary a good guide for an engagement ring. The important thing to remember is that unlike a wedding dress, a diamond engagement ring is worn everyday of your life so you would be wise to choose something that will continue to give pleasure year after year, because a diamond really is forever.
How do you determine the quality of a diamond?
To determine a diamond’s quality and worth you begin with the 4 C’s: Clarity, Cut, Colour and Carat weight. These are the traditional units of measure when looking at this precious stone, however, you must add one more imperative ‘C’ to the list and that is Certification.
- The size of inclusions.
- How many inclusions.
- The positioning of the inclusions - inclusions found under the table (top of the diamond) affects clarity grade more so than inclusions found under the side facets.
- The visibility of the inclusions – the more visible the inclusions to the naked eye the less favourable the grade will be.
Hearts & arrows
However, if this is not enough, you can go beyond the highest level of quality and purchase a ‘hearts and arrows’ diamond. This is the perfect diamond. It is the perfect cut which enhances the way the light bounces in and out of the top of the diamond. When looking through the telescope from the top you will see arrowheads lining up with the shaft and when looking down on the bottom you will find perfectly shaped hearts. There are many who boast of having the perfectly cut diamond, however though there may be the appearance of hearts and arrows, they can be misleading.
Tips to identify the perfect hearts and arrows:
- There must be 8 hearts and 8 arrows.
- All hearts and arrows must be the same in intensity. Meaning one cannot be brighter than the other.
- All hearts and arrows must be of the same colour.
- There should be a gap between the heart and V shape under it.
- The V shape under the heart's must all look exactly the same.
- Arrow heads and hearts should be the same shape as each other.
- The arrow heads should line up to the shafts.
- The hearts should not be pointed.
Be aware that GIA’s highest standard of diamond does not automatically constitute your stone being hearts and arrows. It may state on the card that it is hearts and arrows, however only certificates from HRD Antwerp Labs will provide the guarantee that your diamond is in fact true hearts and arrows.
At minimum it is suggested that you adhere to the 4 C’s and modify your standards according to your budget. Always ask questions of your jeweller, in order to ensure that you are getting what you pay for.