When it comes to diamonds, we understand that there is a lot of information to cover. This inspired us to create our Diamond Guide with the goal of providing our customers with a complete and comprehensive reference for all things sparkle and brilliance.
Beginning with how they are formed, all the way down to picking the perfect diamond for your jewelry; we welcome you to embark on a learning experience that will not only improve your diamond knowledge but also your understanding of just how special this gemstone truly is
More Than A Pretty Stone
“Diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, but that is only one of the many properties that make them so special. They also reflect and refract light like no other stone, which creates the sparkle and brilliance that makes diamonds one of the most popular gemstones in the world.”
The Beginning of Diamonds
Before the Brilliance and the Sparkle
Diamonds are a result of extreme levels of combined heat and pressure. As one of the most miraculous natural substances known to mankind, diamonds have maintained their value, as well as have continued to represent wealth, luxury, and beauty throughout their entire existence.
To learn more about the Beginning of Diamonds, continue reading at …How Do Diamonds Form?
Understanding the Anatomy and Worth of a Diamond
Sparkle and Brilliance Goes Deeper than the Surface
Perhaps the most important and beneficial diamond knowledge one can possess is understanding how diamonds are valued and what role their anatomy plays in deciding it.
When discussing the anatomy of a diamond, it is appropriate to begin with the four C’s:
- The way the diamond is shaped. A Round Brilliant Cut is the most expensive cut of diamond due to its shape showcasing the most facets available for catching the light.
- The cut of a diamond can also refer to the prestige of the actual cut itself. This scale typically follows the format of Excellent, meaning the cut of the diamond allows it to have maximum sparkle and brilliance, all the way to poor, which means the diamond is cut in a way that limits its sparkle and shine, almost eliminating its brilliance altogether.
- The closer you get to an Excellent cut, the more expensive the diamond will be valued.
- Carat (weight)
- The size of the diamond in regard to its weight in carats. The price of a diamond grows exponentially as you reach each whole carat, starting from 1 carat and so on.
- The measurement of inclusions/blemishes that are present inside the diamond, and in some cases, on the outside of the diamond. This scale ranges from Flawless (FL), meaning the diamond is absent of any inclusions or blemishes, to Included (I3), meaning the diamond is heavily flawed and contains many inclusions.
- The closer you get to Flawless (FL), the more expensive the diamond will be valued.
- The color of the diamond ranging from Colorless (D) to Light Yellow/Brown in color (Y-Z).
- The closer you get to Colorless (D), the more expensive the diamond will be valued.
Each of these measurements, along with various others, are combined to create a value for each diamond that either deems it less or more expensive. It is important to note that cut and carat weight will have the greatest impact on the price evaluation given to a diamond.
Caring for Your Diamonds
Maintaining the Sparkle and the Brilliance
Diamonds are particularly tough gemstones that do well when facing direct contact, as well as natural wear and tear. At the same time, they are also known for attracting grease to their surface, causing them to lose the sparkle and shine they once had. Unfortunately, even the slightest amount of oil from your fingers can cause a diamond to lose its shine.
This property of diamonds makes it crucial for those who own their own to understand how to properly clean and care for them. Maintaining the sparkle and brilliance of your diamond is not a hard task, but can be as simple as a routine wash with warm water, a soft-toothed brush, and some dish soap.
Our At-Home Step by Step Cleaning Process
- Clean your diamond jewelry on a regular basis, once or twice a week, by simply soaking them in a mild degreasing solution, such as warm water with a few drops of dish-washing liquid.
- After soaking your diamond jewelry, use a soft brush, even a soft toothbrush will work, to gently remove any remaining dirt and oil. Be sure to clean the underside of your diamond since this is where dirt and oil can build up quite easily in the hard-to-reach places.
- After a good cleaning, be sure to rinse your diamond jewelry with water. Remember to close the drain if you are cleaning them over a sink.
- Lastly, dry them with a soft cloth, preferably lint-free.
Many people recommend using toothpaste or strong cleaning agents on diamonds, but these types of cleaners may be too harsh or abrasive for the metal setting holding your diamonds in place.
A Step Further in Diamond Care
In order to give your diamonds the best care possible, be sure to have your diamond jewelry professionally cleaned, polished, and inspected every six months.
My Jewelry Repair is the perfect source for your semi-annual clean, polish, and inspection service. This service not only provides professional cleaning but also inspects the mounting to ensure the metal is in good condition as well as the security of your stones. This service helps to keep your diamonds and all your jewelry looking like new and is available for $39.99.
Visit our Diamond Replacement page for more information or to create your first repair order.
Picking the Perfect Diamond for Your Jewelry
The Sparkle and Brilliance that Fits
Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes, literally. When choosing the perfect diamond for your jewelry, it is important to consider your options, as well as the characteristics of the jewelry that will impact your decision.
- What type of jewelry are you adding the diamond to – a ring, necklace, bracelet, earrings?
- What kind of metal is your jewelry made out of?
- What cut would look best in your jewelry’s setting?
- Will the diamond be a solitaire or will it have side-stones accompanying it?
Each of these questions will help you nail down the perfect diamond for your setting, as well as better visualize the look you are going for!
Natural vs. Lab-Created
The “Real” and the “Fake” of Sparkle & Brilliance
It is important to talk about this new trend in the jewelry industry.
Although natural diamonds have not lost their appeal in the slightest, there are a few advantages for lab-created diamonds beyond ethics.
Lab-created diamonds tend to be:
- More Affordable
- More Durable
All in all, natural diamonds are still the desired diamond of choice and there is no sign of this changing anytime soon.
For more information regarding Natural Diamonds vs. Lab-Created Diamonds, please check out Is There a Difference Between Natural and Laboratory-Grown Diamonds?