Are you looking for a stunning and unique engagement ring to match your future fiancée’s dreams? Patina goldsmiths are here to help. We have a special service entirely dedicated to helping you create your own completely personalised engagement ring.
At Patina, we use our expertise to design the ideal engagement ring according to your wishes. We will help you create an engagement ring that’s truly your own to add that special spark to your proposal.
Gemstones are a great way to give the ring a festive spirit. Diamonds are a popular choice for a good reason: As the hardest material on Earth, a diamond will resist wear and retain its dazzeling appearance more than a lifetime. What makes each stone unique is that every diamond, like a human fingerprint, has certain distinguishing characteristics. These 4Cs—color, clarity, cut and carat weight—are the globally accepted standards for assessing the characteristics of a diamond. At Patina, we take the 4Cs into account when choosing a fit diamond for your wishes and budget.
Understanding what diamond color means helps in choosing the right diamond. Interestingly, the diamond color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value. There’s a diamond color-grading system that measures the degree of colorlessness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions to masterstones of established color value.
To understand diamond clarity, we must first understand how diamonds are created. 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.’
Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone. If you are trying to determine what is the best clarity for a diamond, remember that no diamond is perfectly pure. But the closer it comes to purity, the better its clarity.
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 does mean 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 magnificent return of light only possible in a diamond.
To put it simply, diamond carat weight measures how much a diamond weighs. A metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams. Each carat is subdivided into 100 ‘points.’ This allows very precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. A jeweller may describe the weight of a diamond below one carat by its ‘points’ alone. For instance, the jeweller may refer to a diamond that weighs 0.25 carats as a ‘twenty-five pointer.’ Diamond weights greater than one carat are expressed in carats and decimals. A 1.08 carat stone would be described as ‘one point oh eight carats.’
All else being equal, diamond price increases with diamond 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 three other factors of the diamond 4Cs.
-Information provided by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America)-