How to Choose the Perfect Diamond

Before buying a classic diamond it is important that you understand to differentiate between a perfect diamond and not-so-perfect diamond. The four most important characteristics to understand while purchasing a diamond will be- Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat weight - otherwise known as the 4Cs.

The 4 C's:

Cut - The cut of the diamond not only refers to the shape of the diamond but it also describes the proportion, finish and polish of the stone, which in turn defines the fire and brilliance of the diamond.

A diamond that is cut into ideal proportions and angles, either round, brilliant or princess cut, with excellent symmetry ratings and polish, is known as an Ideal cut diamond.

The Hearts and arrows diamonds are precision cut diamonds showing an arrow and heart pattern, maximizing the diamond’s fire, brilliance and light dispersion.

Clarity - The diamond clarity refers to the purity of the diamond or the absence of inclusions and blemishes within a diamond that can affect the overall beauty and durability of the stone. According to the grades assigned to diamonds, the flawless diamond is represented by an ‘F’ while a diamond with inclusions will be described by an ‘I’. People do appreciate diamonds with inclusions, as long as they are not visible to the naked eye.

Colour - The colour of the diamond is graded on a scale from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow or brown). The diamond receives a grade after analysing the stone under controlled lighting and other precise conditions. Normally, buyers prefer a diamond with the least amount of colour, with the diamond grades J, K & L offering the best return for the money paid.

Carat - When it comes to diamonds, the carat refers to the weight of the diamond. One carat is equal to 0.20 grams. The price of the stone is proportional to the weight of the diamond, although it might also depend on the other three ‘C’s.

The shape of the diamond is another important factor while purchasing a diamond. Sunny Diamonds offers diamonds in a variety of shapes including, round, princess, cushion, emerald, marquise, square, heart, oval, pear and radiant.

Finally, the most important thing to keep in mind before choosing your diamond will be to understand the anatomy and proportion of a diamond - brilliance, dispersion and scintillation.

Take into account your budget and preferences. To example, some customers like big diamonds with lesser grades, and certain others prefer small stones with higher grades. Hence, when we say a perfect diamond, it also means ‘the diamond perfect for you’.