A man’s best friend may be a dog, but the same for women has commonly been identified as diamonds – they are a ‘girl’s best friend’. And there might be some truth in the statement, given how much women tend to love jewellery and diamonds in general. This has made diamonds a staple of engagement rings and the like. However, if you are planning on buying an engagement ring with a diamond stud on it, you better stop to consider certain criteria before you decide on one. Because, after all, when it comes to diamonds, there are just as many things to consider as when it comes to buying jewellery. The criteria have been commonly termed the ‘5Cs’. To help you understand, here are some of the points you will need to look at:
- Cut – the cut, unlike what you would expect, does not refer to the shape of the diamond per se, but the way the diamond was cut. It might sound like there is no difference between these two, but the shape refers to the physical shape of the diamond (i.e. pear-shaped, for example), whereas the cut refers to the method in which the diamond was cut. The cut actually decides the brilliance of the diamond – the angles at which the diamond was cut determine its reflectivity. The most brilliant diamonds will be the ones that fully reflect the light directed at them in the same direction, with lower quality cuts letting light pass through in other directions (and thereby reducing brilliance).
- Colour – one of the most confusing aspects to consider when you buy diamonds collection Hong Kong is the colour and the price fluctuations. Theoretically, the perfect diamond is a colourless stone, but the naturally occurring diamonds tend to have other impurities mixed within them, which means that they can possess different shades of colour. Now, you might believe the colourless diamonds are the most expensive (since they are technically the closest to being the ‘perfect diamond’); however, the rarity of the colour is actually what decides the price: red diamonds are the most expensive of all.
- Clarity – the clarity basically refers to the number of imperfections, or to ‘how flawless’ the diamond is. Naturally, flawless diamonds are the most expensive. Imperfections can only be viewed with the aid of a microscope, but worse the imperfection, the less brilliance you can expect from a diamond.
- Carat – whilst this might be the fourth point, this might actually be one of the first points to focus on when people buy diamond rings collections, engagement rings and the like. The reason is because there is a general idea that the bigger diamonds have bigger carat numbers; however, keep in mind that this basically refers to the weight of the diamond.
- Certificate – and finally, the last point is the report or documentation that proves the quality of the diamond. Basically, receiving this is a testament to the fact that you have bought a quality jewel!