Before you go diamond shopping in Cranberry, you must know one important thing. Always buy certified diamonds. Be wary of non-certified diamonds.
Certified diamonds validate the 4 C’s of the diamond. A certificate of a diamond is much like the blueprint or the X-ray of the diamond. It shows the internal and external characteristics of it.
When you go out to buy a diamond, the sheer number of styles can easily overwhelm you. So a bit of homework can help familiarize you with the terminologies and help you in the process.
The Most Popular Diamond Shapes
The shape of the diamond can determine the amount of light it reflects. There are many shapes available today including:
- Cushion or Pillow cut
- Tear drop
You don’t need to know your Asscher from your Cushions when choosing the diamond shapes for the engagement ring.
#1 Shape is Round
If it helps in your selection process, know that the Round shape is the classic shape which most celebs prefer (including the likes of Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde and Emmy Rossum).
#2 Shape is Princess
The Princess cut is the second most popular diamond shape after Round. Nicky Hilton is presumably a big fan of it.
#3 Shape is Emerald
The Emerald cut is a modern yet elegant shape worn by classy dames such as Amal Clooney and Beyonce.
If you are vintage lover, then you’d do very well with the Asscher cut preferred by celebs such as Elizabeth Taylor. The Cushion or Pillow cut was extremely popular a century ago but today, many celebs including Kim Kardashian, still flaunt it.
What is a Carat?
The Carat of a diamond is one of the 4 C’s that measure its value. The other 3 C’s are: cut, clarity and color.
The Carat is unit of measurement of the weight of a diamond. Simply put: 1 carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams or 100 points when evaluated on a standard point system. So on the basis of that, a 0.50 carat diamond is equivalent to 50 points while a 0.3 carat of 30 points and so on.
Do not confuse between Carat and Karat. The latter is the unit of measurement of purity of Gold. In fact, the word Carat comes from Carob, which is a seed. This seed was used in ancient times to measure diamond weight until technology brought balance and electric scales to measure it accurately. Without getting into too many technical details, here are some interesting facts about diamonds that make them the best stones for engagement rings:
- In many cultures, diamonds are considered gemstones of Venus and symbolize peace, prosperity and purity.
- The word diamond originates from a Greek word which stands for ‘unbreakable’. Indeed, a diamond is the hardest substance known to man and cannot be cut by any material.
- Diamonds are made from a single element- Carbon. The different colors of the diamond are caused by other impurities such as trace minerals which give it a pinkish, yellowish or bluish tinge.
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