For the last 3000 to 4000 years, diamonds have held special magic for royalty and their subjects. In fact, the Greeks and Romans considered diamonds to be tears of the Gods and splinters from falling stars. It was said that cupids’ arrows were tipped with diamonds that have unequalled magic.
Until the 15th century kings wore diamonds as a symbol of strength, courage, and invincibility. It wasn’t until 1477 when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, that the diamond engagement ring was introduced. Placing the ring on the third finger of the left hand dates back to the early Egyptian belief that the Vena Amors, vein of love, runs directly from the heart to the tip of the third finger. Throughout time, diamonds have been an expression of love beyond words.
Diamonds are graded internationally to a set of standards commonly known as the 4C’s. The 4C’s consist of Carat Weight, Colour, Clarity and Cut. Typically, an untrained eye sees only carat weight and cut.
A diamond’s weight is measured in carats, abbreviated ct. One carat can be divided into 100 points. Therefore, a diamond weighing one quarter of a carat can also be referred to as being 25 points.
A diamond’s colour is determined on a colour scale from D (colourless) to Z (yellow/brown). The most sought after diamonds have no colour. Whilst most diamonds appear to have no colour, in actual fact they have tints of colour as shown on the colour scale.
Refers to the amount and size of natural imperfections in the diamond. This may be internal (inclusions) or external (blemishes). The fewer inclusions in a diamond, the rarer and more valuable the gem.
This does not refer to the overall shape of the diamond but rather the quality of the cutting. It is the single most important aspect of any diamond. The proportion, finish and symmetry of the external facets of the diamond are what creates the fire and brilliance. A diamond may be colourless and flawless but if it is not cut well it will appear dull and lifeless.
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