Shine Bright Like a Diamond

They say a girl’s best friend is a diamond {or at least that’s what I say}….but what KIND of diamond? I’ve never been the one to know the difference between colorless and clarity when it comes to the rock that you wear on a very special finger; I just cared if I even had the chance to wear some type of ring! Thankfully, my best friend just recently got engaged and she couldn’t stop talking about her new ring! I kid you not, we had an hour conversation about the TYPE of ring..not how he had proposed, not about wedding decorations…just the ring itself!! She gave me details of choosing the PERFECT ring…I mean, you can now take me to the jewelry store and I’ll know what I want.
{future husband: see picture below–Round cut, 3/4 ct, clarity-I2}

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To the girls like me, without the diamond knowledge…I did some research for you!
{You’re welcome}

CUT
The cut of a diamond allows it to make the best use of light. When a diamond is cut correctly, light is reflected from one facet to another, then dispersed through the top of the stone. If the cut of the diamond is too deep, some light escapes through the opposite side of the pavilion. If the cut is too shallow, light escapes through the pavilion before it can be reflected. Please do not confuse the cut of a diamond with its shape. Diamonds can be cut into a number of shapes, depending on the qualities of the rough stone before it is cut.

COLOR
Diamonds range in color from faint yellow or brown to very rare pinks, blues, greens, and other colors known as “fancies.” The best color for a diamond is no color at all. A totally colorless diamond allows light to pass through it easily, resulting in the light being dispersed as the color of the rainbow. Colors are graded from totally colorless to light yellow. The differences from one grade to the other are very subtle and it takes a trained eye and years of experience to color grade a diamond.

CLARITY
A diamond’s clarity is determined by using a 10-power magnifying glass and a trained eye. Most diamonds contain very tiny impurities know as “inclusions.” An inclusion can interfere with the light passing through the diamond. The fewer the inclusion, the more beautiful the diamond will be. Diamonds have the capability of producing more brilliance than any other gemstone. A diamond that is free of inclusions and surface blemishes is very rare and therefore very valuable.

CARAT
This is the weight of a diamond measured in carats. One carat is divided into 100 “points,” so that a diamond of 75 points weights .75 ct. The carat-weight of a diamond is the easiest measurement to determine. Most importantly, two diamonds can be of equal carat-weight, but their value can differ greatly due to their cut, color, and clarity.

Provided by: http://www.diamondmanufacturer.com/tutorial/howto.html

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