Diamond Education

Is it important that I buy a diamond that is accompanied by a certificate?

Yes. Buying with a certificate from a recognized authority such as the AGS, GIA, GSI or IGI means that your diamond has the credentials to be recognized worldwide as a valuable item. Resale values of diamonds drop drastically when unaccompanied by a certificate. Also, a certificate makes you sure about the authenticity and purity of your diamond.

Does all Jewelebration diamond jewellery come accompanied with a certificate?

All diamonds used in our jewellery are accompanied by unique diamond certificate. Certification for items in our 'Diamond Jewellery” depends on the size and quantity of the diamonds contained in the item. We do, of course, assure that all our diamonds are real, natural and "conflict-free".

What else should I know about colour diamond prices?

1.Clarity, colour distribution and cut together determine the cost of a yellow diamond. 2.Diamonds less than 0.80 carat can cost 10%-20% less. 3.Exceptionally well cut stones and stones with a VVS or IF clarity can cost 10%-20% more. 4.Secondary colours, such as brownish yellow, are less expensive.

What should I look for in the workmanship of the stone?

In a brilliant cut, 1.Make sure it is round. 2.Make sure the culet is not chipped or broken. 3.The girdle should not be too thick or too thin. 4.The girdle should be straight, not wavy from the sides. 5.The facets of the crown align with the facets of the pavilion; any misalignment will show itself in the girdle. 6.With a loupe or a scope, look closely at the girdle. Stones that are cut in a hurry will have small cracks that extend into the stone, making it look fuzzy or "bearded". Don't confuse this with the natural frosty colour of the girdle. 7.If the symmetry of the stone is off, or if it is damaged, extra facets may be added. 8.Be sure the table is parallel to the girdle and the culet (as seen through the table) is on-centre and undamaged.

What is the shape of the diamond used in engagement rings?

The most common is the round brilliant cut. It reflects more light back from the table, accounting for the beauty of the diamond. Due to the facets or sides, inclusions (defects) are tougher to see. Some prefer the pear or marquis. The emerald cut is less common in sizes less than 1 carat. The value of the stone is affected in some cases by shape. Shapes other than round are called “Fancies.”

What is most important of the 4 Cs in India?

In India, Colour takes precedence over Cut. The order or priority for most Indian customers if Colour -> Cut -> Clarity.

In Southern India, where most customers are particular about dosham (defects), clarity is the most important consideration in selecting a diamond. Here, the order of priority is Clarity -> Colour -> Cut.

However, if a customer asks for a recommendation, Jewelebration always advices them to prioritize Cut and Colour over Clarity. This is because diamonds up to S1 grade are "eye clean". The inclusions are visible only under the loupe to a trained eye, and does not make any difference to the way the diamond looks

How many facets does a diamond have?

On a brilliant full-cut stone, there are 58 facets; 32 facets plus the table above the girdle and 24 facets plus the culet below the girdle. Some stones with only 18 facets are refered to as "single cuts".

Which shape gives me the greatest value for my money?

Round brilliant diamond has the most brilliance, and the most popular. Fancy diamonds look more elegant in larger sizes. Also, they tend to look larger than they are by virtue of their shape. The choice of shape is also governed by the shape of the hand and Diamond Colour and Diamond Clarity. Round brilliant diamond hides defects and yellow tints the best.

What is the structure of a diamond?

1. Facet: any of the flat "sides" of the diamond. 2. Table: On a brilliant cut stone...the top octagonal facet 3. Girdle: The typically frosty white ring at the widest part. 4. Culet: The bottom point (actually a facet) on a brilliant cut stone 5. Pavilion: The portion of the stone below the girdle 6. Crown: The portion of the stone above the girdle 7. Diameter: Width of the diamond as measured thru the girdle 8. Fire: The quality of the diamond that breaks reflected light into a colourful array. 9. Depth – Height of Gemstone from Culet to Table 10. Brilliance: The quality of the diamond that reflects light without changing it (also called sparkle). 11. Fluorescence: The characteristic of some diamonds to fluoresce certain colours under some light. 12. Natural: Usually found on the girdle. A small section was on the side of the raw diamond. It appears as a slightly rough flat spot on the girdle. 13. Feather: A “crack” in a diamond, appears as a white feather within the stone.