A DIAMOND LESSON FOR HANDMADE JEWELRY
The most helpful things for you to know when planning the purchase of diamond rings is how to evaluate the 4 C’s. This is also an important part of selecting diamonds for your handmade jewelry pieces. Color is an important part of the selection process and will play a big part in the price. Color ranges from colorless to varying amounts of yellow tinting, and the more colorless the diamond the rarer and more expensive it will be. However, there are several variations that will either appear colorless to the naked or untrained eye, and some that have a touch more yellow, but when mounted will appear colorless. These variations may or may not be as important to you but will help in the selection process. Clarity refers to any flaws in the makeup of the diamond. This ranges from flawless which is very expensive and rare, to variations that are noticeable to the naked eye. Though, for the discerning purchaser there are many levels in between the two extremes. Some clarity will be unnoticeable to the naked eye.
Some will be noticeable to the untrained eye when looking through heavy magnification while others will only be noticed by a grader under this type of magnification. When selecting the cut, there are two things to factor into your decision. First is the shape of the diamond. Emerald, princess, round, and oval are among the more popular cuts, but there are many lovely shapes to choose from. The second and also very important thing to factor into the cut when reviewing your diamond is how it reacts to light. The more flash and sparkle you get when gently moving under light, the more superior the cut. Carat refers to the weight of the diamond and factors a great deal into price. The larger the diamond in your intended cut, color, and clarity the more expensive it is sure to be. That being said, this is often due to the rarity of the quality appearing in your carat size in nature, so you may find that a single one carat with a half carat on each side provides you with the breathtaking beauty you’re looking for at a price that is more affordable for you than a single two carat diamond. If you factor in these things while reviewing your options you will have the ability to make a much more informed decision that you will be proud of for many years to come.