Diamonds & Gemstones
The Four "C"s
Diamonds are extraordinary. They are beautiful, a true natural wonder. To be able to distinguish between cut Diamonds, and understand why one may be more or less expensive than another, they are graded according the GIA grading scale. Widely known as the 4C's, the quality of a Diamonds Cut is graded to precision and symmetry; its Colour based on a lack of colour; its Clarity on a lack of inclusions; and its unit of weight recorded in Carats.
Diamonds are renowned for their ability to transmit light and sparkle so intensely. We often think of a Diamond’s cut as shape (round, heart, oval, marquise, pear), but what Diamond cut actually means is how well a Diamond’s facets interact with light. Precise artistry and workmanship are required to fashion a stone so its proportions, symmetry and polish deliver the most and best possible return of light.
Interestingly, Diamond colour evaluation of most gem-quality stones is based on the absence of colour. GIA’s D-to-Z Diamond colour-grading system measures the degree of colourlessness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions to master-stones of established colour value. Naturally coloured diamonds outside this D-Z range are called fancy colour diamonds.
Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This process can result in a variety of internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes.’ The fewer the inclusions the better the clarity. The number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, all affect the overall appearance of the stone.
Carat refers to the weight of the Diamond. As a unit of metric weight, one carat (1ct) weighs 20 grams. When we divide a one carat stone into 100 points, we then refer to a gemstones weight in points of a carat. For example half a carat is 50 points or 0.50ct. All else being equal, a Diamonds price increases with carat weight because larger Diamonds are rarer and more desirable. However, two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different values (and prices) depending on the three other factors of the 4C's.
Choose What Matters Most
How do you buy a Diamond you love that is also within your budget? Decide what you want most from your stone, a bright white Diamond? A flawless stone? We are happy to talk the options through and show you the differences between stones to help you to understand why Diamonds can vary so very much in price.
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When you first begin to look for an engagement ring, it can be quite a daunting task. But we can help you navigate the process and help explain the differences between precious metals and stones, making it a joyful experience for you and your partner.
Re-modelling Family Heirlooms into a New Legacy
Have you considered a Laboratory Grown Diamond? They are Diamonds in every respect and have all of the attributes that a natural stone has - beauty, scintillation, sparkle, hardness, durability, stability; they just haven't spent millions of years in the earth forming.
Creating a New Legacy
Our skilled artisans take great care to re-imagine your family heirlooms in a way that seamlessly integrates into modern life. We breathe fresh life into these treasures, ensuring they remain relevant and cherished for years to come. So if you have a family piece that you would like to use in your engagement ring, we can advise you.
A Timeless Tribute
Just as one client shared their touching story of a ring that once belonged to their wife's grandfather, we aim to create pieces that continue to honor the legacies of your loved ones. Every remodeled heirloom becomes a cherished reminder of the past and a symbol of the future.