For most people buying a Diamond Engagement Ring or Diamond Jewellery can feel like a daunting experience, and in most cases the experience feels this way because you don’t have enough knowledge of the different aspects on choosing that perfect Diamond for you. The process of purchasing that perfect Diamond does not need to feel like this and here at Richardson’s Jewellers we have been helping generations of people like you choose the perfect Diamond in a straightforward and simple way.
The 4 C’s are what we recommend at Richardson’s Jewellers which are Cut, Clarity, Carat and Colour. However, there are a few other C’s we will reference in this section and that is Certificate, Cost, Communication and Confidence.
The Cut of the Diamond not to be confused with the Shape of the Diamond is one of the most important characteristics of the 4 C’s and will be one of the greatest overall influences on the beauty of that particular stone.
The Cut Scale
You will hear the use of the word CUT used to describe the SHAPE of the Diamond . As you can see below there are many different shapes of diamonds for you to choose from. The most popular shape is Round Brilliant or Princess Cut. This part of the process is a matter of personal taste no one shape in particular is going to be better than the other, it simply comes down to your own personal taste.
Diamond clarity grading scale
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Note that V VS through SI have 2 gradings and in some cases will have 3 gradings on the particular clarity. i.e. V VS1, V VS2 or V VS3. As there is not a high enough amount of imperfections to take it to the lower grading level, it is not low enough to satisfy the higher grading level. The amount of inclusions will dictate to a certain degree the dollar value of the Diamond.
The Carat size of the Diamond means how much the Diamond weighs.
Diamonds are available in all sizes.
It is important to note as we discussed earlier, the Cut of a Diamond and the correct proportions will play a big part on the weight of a Diamond. If it is not cut correctly i.e. shallow but wide across the table (the top of stone) this will give the Diamond a different weight than a stone cut in the correct proportions of the same perceived size.
The colour of a Diamond actually means the lack of colour in the Diamond i.e. the whiter or clearer (colourless) the stone, the better the grading and the higher the cost of the stone. These gradings from one colour to the next is so slight that to the untrained eye it is not easily seen. What you will notice is the colour difference from say, a G to J and as you can see below there is nearly no yellow tinting in the G but it is very noticeable tinting in a J. This is why it is very difficult to compare apples to apples when you go from Jeweller to Jeweller.
Diamonds also come in rare colours such as:
All of the coloured Diamonds are graded in a different format than what is mentioned above and if this is something you are interested in, we suggest you come in and talk to one of our friendly staff in regards to getting a coloured Diamond. Please know that the pricing structure of Coloured Diamonds is much greater.
Certified Diamonds are Diamonds that come with a Diamond Grading Report and are certified by a gemologist with the correct qualifications. The Diamond is graded and measured under a microscope for such things as:
As you have learnt from all the information above there are several major characteristics that will determine your cost. As the Diamond market in Australia is determined by the US and AUD dollars, it is imperative that the prices we give you at Richardson’s Jewellers are based on what is happening in the market place worldwide. We have a large selection of Diamond Engagement Rings in store but being Master Jewellers we can create that special piece just for you. Whether it is handmade or hand finished you can be confident that buying your Diamond Engagement Ring, Eternity Ring, Wedding Ring or Diamond Jewellery it is bought with quality in mind.
When it comes to diamond rings, we pride ourselves on our quality, expertise and customer service, giving you the confidence that what you are purchasing is of the highest quality and craftsmanship.
At Richardson’s Jewellers we believe the most important C of all starts with you. What do you like? What is your budget? How can we help? There are an endless amount of beautiful rings to choose from, but deciding which best suits your needs requires healthy Communication – the most important C of all is FREE.