Picture this. A blue velvet box in your hand and you slowly trace the length of the box, admiring its beauty. You have been awaiting this moment for a long time. Finally, anticipation gets the better of you. Slowly, you move to the small gold-plated latch and lift the lid to uncover the treasure that lies inside. Removing the glittering diamond necklace, you clasp it around your neck. Walking down the spiral staircase, your guests turn to look at you, all in awe of course! You move around, shaking hands, tinkling glasses, everyone is having a great time, but you. No one complimented the brilliant piece of jewellery lying so gracefully on your neck!
Horrific isn't it? And you thought diamonds were a woman's best friend.
When it comes to selecting the perfect jewellery to adorn you on a special occasion, you can never go wrong with a diamond necklace partnered with a pair of earrings. But, what happens when the masterpiece that was going to showcase your elegance, brings you shame?
That's where the 3Cs come into play. The 3Cs of diamond quality is a language jewellers use to describe attributes of a diamond, which help to determine its overall quality. The price for every piece of luxury diamond jewellery depends on the parameters of this quality. So it is crucial that you excel in identifying the 3Cs to understand what you are buying, never having to wear a 'disappointment' again.
Check for Carats
How often have you heard phrases like 2 carat, 3 carat or even 5 carat when you visit your favourite diamond boutique? Often enough? But, do you know what they mean? Diamonds are weighed in metric carats. While various pieces of diamond jewellery weigh different, the most common are, 0.50 carat, 0.75 carat, 1 carat, 2 carat and 5 carat. Just for reference, a small paper clip weighs about two carats. So, next time you choose a piece of jewellery, make sure you know how much it weighs. After all, big girls need big diamonds.
Get Clear Clarity
Diamonds are known to be the hardest and most precious stones ever. Though, what makes them so irresistible? Diamonds are created by nature under tremendous heat and pressure. Just like its owner, all diamonds contain unique characteristics that make them different from others. These characteristics define the clarity and the quality of the diamond, which become the deciding factor when it comes to choosing a flawless piece of diamond.
What's Your Cut?
While diamonds can be fashioned into different shapes, the term 'cut' refers to how a diamond's complex proportions and angles relate to light. A number of factors can influence a diamond's cut grade, including its overall face-up appearance, design and craftsmanship. So, while you can choose different designs of diamond jewellery, make sure you get the cut right.
So there it is. The 3Cs to remember while buying diamond jewellery to get the best value for your money. A final tip, while selecting a jeweller you should be as careful as you are while choosing a groom for your wedding. Now you know. Believe it. Own it.