Does your heart sing to the tune of light that reflects out from a round brilliant cut diamond?
Perhaps your contemporary sensibility attracts you to the princess cut,
which is square in shape, but brilliant like the round?
Or do you love the elegance of a marquise-shaped diamond that marks your presence everywhere?
Each diamond shape has its own attribute.
Be it a pear shape, oval shape, heart shape, cushion, emerald, asscher or radiant, we have it all.
But shape preference is primarily a subjective statement of style that reflects the personality of the woman who wears it.
The clarity of a diamond is based on the number,
location, size and type of inclusions found in the stone.
An inclusion is an imperfection or trace mineral in the stone that is visible under the magnification of a Grader's loupe.
The fewer the inclusions, the clearer, brilliant and expensive the diamond will be.
A "flawless" diamond is the one that has no inclusions and is extremely rare and valuable.
The clarity of a diamond refers to its inclusions,
which are some black, grey or white marks that internally flaw the diamond’s structure.
These small imperfections are graded under 10x magnifying glass loupe,
which is standard to grade a diamond’s clarity. A diamond, with fewer inclusions,
is both rare and more desired which also makes it more expensive.
A diamond with a purity of IF to VS2 will sparkle with great intensity whereas diamonds with a purity ranging between SI1 and SI2 will only sparkle.
Diamonds between I1 and I3 will lack any sparkle and life and its inclusions will be noticeable to the naked eye.
All conditions being constant, lesser the inclusions, greater the life and greater the sparkle of a diamond. Thus,
the more will one pay for it.
Though colors fill life into life, in diamonds, the case is just the opposite.
Pick up any color from the shade card and you will get the similar shade in diamonds too.
But it is very difficult to get your hands on the one you desire the most.
Colorless diamonds are in greater demand than the one’s available in the shades of yellow.
The thumb rule is - the whiter the diamond, the better it is.
The yellow color in diamonds comes from the traces of nitrogen found in them.
One part in a million will cause a yellow tint to appear in the K color of diamonds.
As a rule, yellower the stone, lesser the value it has. There's a good reason behind it.
Yellower the stone, lesser the sharpness and so, it appears dull.
A whiter stone allows greater amounts of light to pass through it, making it sparkle and shine.
With the exception of a few natural fancy colors like blue, pink, purple or red,
the more natural color a diamond has, the lesser it is worth compared to its counterpart colorless diamonds.
Years ago, carat weight was considered to be the defining characteristic of a diamond.
Cut is probably the most important and most challenging of the four Cs to understand.
The brilliance of a diamond depends significantly on its cut. Gemologists all over
the world consider Cut quality to be the most important diamond characteristic because
even if a diamond has a perfect color and clarity, a diamond with a poor cut will
have reduced brilliance. cut is not a shape of the diamond but it refers to the
quality of the proportion of the angle with which the diamonds are cut to perfection.
When a diamond is cut to good proportions, light is reflected from one facet to
another and is dispersed through the top of the diamond.
Symmetry is an important element of diamond finish. Symmetry refers to the exactness
of the shape and arrangement of facets. This includes naturals, misshapen and extra
facets, off-center culets and tables, wavy and out-of-round girdles, misalignment
of crown and pavilion facets. To the unaided eye, finish features usually have little
effect on appearance; they are like pin point inclusions. The importance of symmetry
is of lesser consequence in diamonds that have lower clarity grades whereas, it
is more important in diamonds that have high clarity grades.
The best proportionate round diamonds, with perfect angles, will make it the most
beautiful diamond, called the “Hearts and Arrows” (H&A). H&A are even
better than the excellent cut diamonds. H&A cut commands a premium price in the
market. We grade H&A diamonds with extra specification and do not include them in
the regular cut criteria.
A diamond is the most desired element in the world. Luster is one of its two most
valued attributes, brilliance being the other one. It is one of the most important
parameters of grading diamonds. It describes about the fire, sparkle and scintillation
of the diamond. We at Manee, grade diamonds depending upon the light reflected from
it on the basis of two levels of luster:
Milkiness is an effect that we get looking at the diamonds due to some inclusions
like clouds present in the diamond. These avoid reflection of light from the diamond.
Such milky diamonds are further classified depending upon the magnitude of milkiness:
Fluorescence, when exposed to ultraviolet radiations, glows if it carries the characteristic of fluorescence.
Black Inclusions or Natts in general, are the inclusions that are found in the diamonds.
We specify two part of black inclusion
(i) Table black inclusion
(ii) Side black inclusion
We grade diamonds on the basis of five types of inclusions such as,Pin Points (PP),
Clouds (CLD), Crystals (CRL), Feathers (FR) and Spreaded (SPR).
Pin Point (PP): It is a very small crystal that looks like a tiny dot while
using a 10x loupe. Pin Points are generally white in color but occasionally they
can be dark also.
Clouds (CLD) : A cloud consists of many tightly grouped pin points. Some
clouds look like a light haze, while others are dense and almost impossible to see
through the naked eye.
Crystal (CRL): It is a mineral crystal contained in some diamonds. A crystal
can be of almost any size, colored or colorless, and can appear alone or in groups.
Feather (FR): A feather is a general term for any break in the diamond.
Spreaded (SPR): A spreaded inclusion appears when the feather inclusions
are in greater number, spread across and not grouped together.
We specify two part of other inclusion
(i) Table other inclusion
(ii) Side other inclusion
We specify two part of open inclusion
(i) Table open inclusion
(ii) Side open inclusion
Extra facet is that extra facet placed on the normal facets of the diamonds without
considering the symmetry of the diamond. These facets are additional to those required
for making the diamond a brilliant cut diamond.
Here’s an extra specification for the internal graining in the comment column.
(i) Slight Internal Graining
(ii) Heavy Internal Graining