Monday, September 28, 2009

Diamond Clarity And Diamond Cut

Clarity is an important aspect of a diamond, and it is important watches know how to grade the

clarity of a diamond before you buy one. It Is actually quite easy to learn how to grade the clarity of a diamond.

There are basically two things that you must understand: Diamonds with visual inclusions and blemishes, and those that are eye clean meaning that there are no inclusions or blemishes that can watches seen with the naked eye. From there, the clarity of a diamond is further broken down into subcategories.
Many people mistakenly think that diamond clarity refers to how clear it is. This isnt so.

Clarity actually refers to the internal and external imperfections of the diamond. The best diamonds, of course get a grade of FL or IF Flawless or Internally Flawless meaning that it is perfect. A grade of I-1, I-2 or I-3 means that the diamond is imperfect, with a grade of I-3 being the worst.

Other grades are VVS1 and VVS2, which means that the diamond is very, very slightly imperfect; VS1 and VS2, meaning the diamond is very slightly imperfect; SI-1 and SI-2, which means that the diamond is slightly imperfect.

There are many different cuts of diamonds to choose from. The cut essentially refers to the shape that the diamond is cut into unless you are in the diamond or jewelry business, but this shape has a great impact on the much the diamond sparkles.

The most popular cuts are heart, marquise, oval, pear, princess, round, trillion, and emerald cuts. The shape has an impact on how much the diamond sparkles, but the actual cutting itself when the diamond cutter actually cuts the diamond into a particular shape also matters a great deal. If the diamond is poorly cut, it will lose its sparkle.

However, in the diamond industry, the cut of a diamond doesnt refer to its shape at all. Instead, this is a reference to the stones depth, width, brilliance, durability, clarity, and other aspects of the diamond. Common cutting problems include a missing or off center culet, misalignment, a diamond that is too thick or too thin, cracks, or broken culets.

When shopping for a diamond, you should of course choose the shape that you like the best, but then look at several different diamonds of that shape to find the one with the best cut the one that sparkles the most, in all types of lighting.

Diamond Brands and What They Mean Diamonds are one of the few products that simply cannot be branded. Even though there are different cuts, different grades, and different values placed on each and every diamond in existence, no diamond is any specific brand just as gold is not a specific brand.
Branding is actually based on who owns the diamond. For instance, if DeBeers owns the diamond, it is a DeBeers Diamond but it is still just a diamond. If the diamond was cut by a specific well known cutter, then it might be branded in that way as well but it usually isnt. It is still branded based on who owns it at the time. So basically, when it comes down to it diamond brands mean absolutely nothing at all.

Do not allow a jeweler to try to talk you into paying an exorbitant price on a diamond because it is a specific brand. This is a bit of trickery used by unscrupulous jewelers when they know that they are dealing with people who dont know much about diamonds. Remember that diamonds are not actually branded unless mother nature has her own brand!

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