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Diamonds – The ultimate celebration of love.
Born billions of years ago in the fiery depths of the earth at the very dawn of creation the diamond remains man’s most enduring treasure.
Timeless and eternal it is nature’s most precious gift. No other gem can equal the magical appeal of the diamond, which has remained supreme as the ultimate symbol of love.
Choosing the diamond born for you.
Purchasing your first diamond jewellery piece can be an exciting time. Above all else, its brilliance and beauty speak so perfectly to a woman’s soul it is the one gift that says all that the heart feels more eloquently than any words. No two diamonds are the same. Each diamond is totally unique and each carries nature’s own fingerprint, whether it is in the colour or clarity, it is always a combination of one of these factors that make your choice so exciting. Whether you want the pure ethereal beauty of unblemished white, or your mood, or personality make you fall in love with any one of the rainbow colours from which you can select, there is a diamond just for you, that will stay in your family for generations. To ensure you get the best quality and quantity for your money it’s worth spending some time to understand the 4C’s of diamond grading. The 4 diamond C’s are – diamond colour, diamond cut, diamond clarity, and diamond carat.
Diamonds come in a variety of colours, some of them highly prized (pinks, blues, even yellow). However in a white diamond, the presence of a yellow tint will lower the price of a diamond. The less body colour in a white diamond, the more true colour it will reflect, and thus the greater its value.
The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) grade diamonds along a spectrum ranging from D colourless to Z lightly coloured . To determine the difference between a D-F diamonds you need to be a trained Gemologist and in the correct diamond laboratory setting that is set with ambient lighting to determine the most minor flaws in diamonds.
To the untrained eye you will not pick up any colour blemishes in a diamond graded G-J when set in a platinum or white gold setting.
Diamonds graded K-M are graded as having a faint colour that is more easily detected by the naked eye. Set in yellow gold, these warm colored diamonds appeal to some, and are of an exceptional value. They also make perfect diamonds for earring or items of jewellery you don’t view close up.
Finally diamonds graded N- Z are graded as having a very light yellow colour. In Australian jewellers these diamonds are not common as they are not in high demand. However if you want a price or quote to source the diamonds most jewellers will offer you this service and share their expertise.
Diamonds are sold by the carat (shown as ct.), which is actually a unit of weight, though most think of a carat in terms of size. A carat is equal to exactly 0.2 grams.
Two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different costs based on other factors (such as cut, colour and clarity). The importance of the diamond carat size will vary amongst recipients with some women dreaming of a large centre diamond regardless of other factors.
As the carat size of a diamond increases, the diamond’s price increases at an increasing rate. Why? Because the larger the diamond, the more increasingly rare it is.
Today the typical Australian Diamond engagement ring is approximately 1ct and at Ringwood Jewellers we stock diamonds ranging in size from 0.01ct to over 3ct that can be especially cut just for you.
Antwerp, Belgium is the Diamond Capital of the World. 80% of the world’s diamonds are traded here.
Typically, only the largest importers in the world can purchase diamonds in Antwerp, Belgium. We gain access to this very exclusive market because we are members of Nationwide Jewellers, the largest jewellery buying group in Australasia, with 500 stores across Australia & New Zealand. We are able to deal direct with some of the largest diamond merchants in Antwerp sorting through thousands of diamonds to find the best cut, colour and clarity available for our customers.
The diamonds we select are amongst the best in the world; the ones we don’t select are later sold on the open market.
Because diamonds are formed deep within the earth, under extreme heat and pressure; virtually all diamonds contain “birthmarks”; small imperfections inside the diamond (called inclusions), or on its surface (called blemishes). Clarity refers to the degree to which these imperfections are present.
Diamond cutters make every effort to cut a stone so that inclusions are not visible through the table of the finished diamond. The preferred position for inclusions is under the bezel facets or near the girdle because they are harder to see there.
Almost all diamonds are graded along an eleven point scale for clarity scaled created by the GIA. The scale ranges from FL (flawless) to I3 (Included). In store at the moment most of our diamond from our recent trip to Antwerp the Diamond Capital are graded between D and H.
Cut refers not only to a diamond’s shape (e.g. round, oval, pear, etc.) but to a diamond’s proportions, symmetry and polish. The beauty of a diamond depends more on cut than any other factor.
Although extremely difficult to analyse and quantify, diamond cut has three primary effects on appearance: brilliance (the brightness created by the combination of all the white light reflections from the surface and the inside of a polished diamond), fire (the dispersion of light into the colours of the visible spectrum, seen as flashes of colour), and scintillation (the flashes of light and dark, or sparkle, when a diamond or light source is moved).
The GIA grades diamond cuts on a scale from excellent to poor:
Excellent Cut Diamonds have maximum fire and brilliant and reflect nearly all the light that enters the diamond, creating an exceptional sparkle and life.
Very Good Cut Diamonds should reflect most of the light that enters the diamond, producing superior fire and brilliance. Under normal lighting conditions, they appears very similar to Excellent Cut diamonds, but for a lower price.
Good Cut Diamonds reflect the majority of the light that enters the diamond, for an above average appearance and are of excellent value compared to higher cut grades.
Fair Cut Diamonds aim to allow as much of the light entering the diamond to escape from the sides or bottom, reducing perceived fire and brilliance. More acceptable in diamonds of less than .75 carats, where differences in sparkle are more difficult to perceive.
Poor Cut Diamonds allow most of the light entering the diamond to escape from the sides or bottom. The diamond may appear noticeably dull and lifeless, even to an untrained eye.
The trend at the moment in engagement rings is fancy cut diamonds these differ from standard diamonds that are brilliant or princess cut. The table below gives you some insight into different diamond cuts.
We are thrilled to be an Australian finalist in these awards again this year.
We were the National Champion in both 2007 & 2010.
The winner will be announced at The Westin in Sydney on Saturday 18th April.