For most of our clients, the purchase of diamond jewelry or an engagement ring is a new experience. The process with us will be educational and stress-free. We have created a short tutorial on some of the more important aspects on how to choose the right diamond for you and your significant other!
If this is your first time making a jewelry purchase, you will want to educate yourself on the basics of a diamond. Designs By Kamni encourages all of our clients to have a basis of knowledge prior to our initial meeting so you can make a confident decision as to which diamond(s) to pick for your unique engagement ring or custom jewelry. Designs By Kamni encourages our clients to learn about the traditional 5 C’s of a diamonds grading standard.
The 5 C’s (With a DBK Twist!)
The color of a diamond can impact the price significantly, and also the look of the diamond. There are colored diamonds which can be orange, blue, pink, yellow, green and anywhere in between. Traditionally we think of diamonds are “Colorless” or “White”. These diamonds are getting by a sliding alphabetical scale starting as “D” which is colorless all the way to “Z” which shows a strong yellow color. The highest premiums come from diamonds which are termed “Colorless” and are of the D-E-F color range. A diamonds color can be masked by the different type of metal is it set in. For example yellow tinted stones look best set in yellow gold diamond jewelry !
The cut of a diamond refers to its shape. There are a variety of shapes, but the most popular seem to be Round, Princess, Emerald, Heart, Oval, Marquise, and Radiant to name a few. Due to the fact that some shapes are more popular than others during different periods of time there are different pricing lists for each of the shapes. Heart shape diamonds sell best in February (I wonder why), and Round shapes are always best sellers and highest in demand.
The clarity of a diamond refers to the amount of imperfections within the stone. Rarely does a diamond have no imperfections and is termed “Internally Flawless”. Most of the time all diamonds have imperfections, which is unique to that stone. This adds to the specialness and unique nature of a diamond, no diamond is the same, and there are different imperfections in each! The scale ranges from Internally Flawless to Very Very Slight Inclusions, Very Slight I
Carat is the actual weight of the diamond, and while it is a large factor affecting price, its not the only factor. We have seen 5 carat stones bring in the same price as a 1 carat diamond, due to the other 4 characteristic C’s having a large bearing on the price. Nonetheless… we always welcome more carats !
There are many gem laboratories which will certify your diamond. The industry standard by taking a poll of over thousands of gem and jewelry professionals leads to GIA being the clear cut choice. Designs By Kamni gemologists have all passed the industry leader GIA’s graduate diamonds program, along with our own proprietary training program. GIA is the industry standard and pioneer when it comes to grading diamonds. DBK recommends that if you choose the route of purchasing a certified diamond it should be GIA, whom due to their objective grading standards has grown into a high respected establishment.