Finding a Diamond in the Rough
Here at Henry Designs, our experts take the time to select only the best diamonds for our jewelry. We pride ourselves on ensuring that we use nothing but the best diamonds, following a specific criteria and hand-review for each diamond we use - something we like to call the 4 C’s of diamonds. Diamond Cut Most people consider the cut of a diamond to be the most important characteristic in determining its quality. It’s also what makes them sparkle! The cut grade is a describing factor for how well light flows through the diamond, based on what shape the diamond is cut in, as well as what type of equipment was used.
Cut quality ranges from signature ideal (top-of-the-line) all the way down to “poor cut” (so deep and narrow the light flows out the sides and bottom and diamond appears dull). Diamonds with a better cut grade not only have more sparkle, but also give the diamond its value; i.e., better cut = higher price.
Diamond Color The second most important factor in evaluation of a diamond’s value is its color - or lack of color. Colorless diamonds are considered to be the most valuable. As the size of the diamond increases, the color becomes more important because flaws can be more easily identified. Diamond Clarity Clarity is a measure of both the number and size of the tiny imperfections that occur in almost all diamonds. You’ve probably heard clarity referred to in terms like “flawless,”“imperfections,” or “blemishes.” These imperfections are usually minor, and generally diamonds are selected that appear to be “eye-clean” or clear to the eye. Carat A “Carat” is the measure of a diamond’s weight, and by itself may not actually reflect a diamond’s size. To understand diamond size, carat weight should be considered as a measurement of both the distance in millimeters across the top of the diamond along with the cut grade. (For instance, two diamonds that are the same width across may be deeper in both height and length.) Putting It All Together Combine the steps above together and of you can find a beautiful looking stone within your budget. We use them everyday at Henry Designs to bring our customers the finest pieces around.
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