Buying Guide

When buying diamonds, there are four main points to be considered; Carat, Cut, Clarity and Colour.

 

Carat

Carat refers to weight and, therefore, the size of a diamond. One Carat is divided into 100 points. Therefore, a diamond weighing 50 points is half a carat (0.50ct). Size is the most obvious factor in determining the value of a diamond. However, two diamonds of equal size can have very different values, depending on their cut, clarity and colour.

 

AEL Diamonds Buying Guide - Carat

AEL Diamonds Buying Guide – Carat

 

 

Cut

When a diamond is cut to good proportions, light will reflect from one facet to another and disperse through the top of the stone. This particular cut, also known as “Well Cut”, will result in a display of brilliance and fire. Diamonds that are cut too deep, or too shallow, lose light that spills through the side or bottom. The most popular diamond shape is the round cut.

 

AEL Diamonds Buying Guide - Cut

AEL Diamonds Buying Guide – Cut

 

 

Clarity 

A diamond’s clarity is determined by the degree to which it is free from naturally occurring inclusions, often called “nature’s fingerprints”. The number, type, colour, size and position of the internal birthmarks can affect the diamond’s value, however, many are invisible to the naked eye. The fewer inclusions, the rarer the stone.

 

AEL Diamonds Buying Guide - Clarity

AEL Diamonds Buying Guide – Clarity

 

 

Colour 

While most diamonds appear white, many of them display hints of colour barely visible to the naked eye. The closer a diamond approaches colourless, the rarer and more valuable the stone. Diamonds with a strong pure colour are extremely rare and are called ‘fancies’. Amongst them can be found pink, blue, yellow, green and orange.

 

AEL Diamonds Buying Guide - Colour

AEL Diamonds Buying Guide – Colour

 

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