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The best value for money: Diamonds

Monday, October 17, 2016 3:56
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The best value for money: Diamonds

Choosing a good quality diamond is one of the toughest and complicated job in the world. But it’s a fun process when you dedicate your time and use the right tools to do the same.

The first thing before choosing any diamond is to research on the internet about the various types and qualities of diamonds available in the world. There is ample amount of information available on the web to get yourself acquainted with it.  While reading your will most probably come across the 4C’s to take into consideration while choosing the diamond. The 4C’s are Cut, Carat, Color and Clarity. There are various tools and techniques available out there to judge the best quality diamond available and then purchase it.

Most people in the world are unaware of the 4C’s and they end up buying low quality diamond or fall prey to whatever the sales people tell them when they go to a jewelry store for purchasing. Certifications like GIA or AGS might be helpful but they are not the surest means to judge the quality of the diamond. He grading reports shown by the stores are should not be the sole criteria to select the diamonds but there is after more research you need to do.


 Kennady Diamonds, announces its findings in Kelvin, Canada

Leading arctic diamond exploring company, Kennady Diamonds Inc. has announced diamond recovery results of its explorations in Canadian subarctic regions. The company in a press release on September 19, 2016 claimed recovery of 1,278 carats of diamonds from large diameter drilling conducted in the north limb of the Kelvin kimberlitic located north of the newly opened Gahcho Kué diamond mine. The yield was 2.09 carats per ton for 612 tons of sample grade. Last year, the company announced similar bulk sample grade result of 2.02 carats per ton for south limb of the Kelvin kimberlitic.


According to President and CEO of Kennedy Diamonds, Dr. Rory Moore


“We are very pleased with the result from the 2016 Kelvin bulk sample, as it demonstrates that the high diamond grades established for the south limb in 2015 extend over the full extent of the north limb of the body as well. This confirms the potential of the Kelvin kimberlitic to host a high-grade diamond resource” Moore said.

Dr. Moore also highlighted the consistency of the diamond grade across the body.

“One of the key observations to emerge from our Kelvin bulk sampling programs is the remarkable consistency in overall diamond grade across the full extent of the body, despite the geological complexity within the body. This is a positive attribute from both an evaluation and a mining perspective”, he said.

While making the decision to purchase the diamond, you need to thoroughly understand the basics behind the diamond selection and then you will be in a position to take the right decision. The beauty of any diamond can easily be judged by the CUT given to it. The cut simply improves the beauty and sparkle of the diamond. If the stone is poorly cut, the diamond will look darker with dull sparkle.  The Cuts can be deep, ideal or shallow. The better the appearance, the better the cut.

The Ideal scope is primarily used to evaluate the cuts of a diamond. Always make selection based on the clarity of the diamond under the microscope and not using naked eyes. The clarity levels associate with diamonds are VVS1 to VVS2, VS1 to VS2, etc. Clarity is also based on whether the diamond is natural or synthetic. Color – The color is by far the highly used criteria for selection of diamonds because high quality diamonds are colorless. Always select D grade diamonds when you are taking the color into consideration. Carat – The more the carats in a diamond, the better. High carat diamonds are very rare and mostly costliest in the world.

Diamond Clarity

There’s too much misdirection in the business of Diamonds. Consumers are loaded with so many messages telling you that diamonds are the symbol of love or it’s that the jewelry store salesman tells you that you need to drop your two or three months salary for buying diamonds ring. But perhaps most the egregious truths told by the diamond industry is the one says that there’s something to gain by purchasing a high clarity demand.

Diamonds colors

The most important thing to understand is how different the diamond color is from diamond clarity. If you hold D color diamond next to J color diamond you will definitely see the color difference because color is the parameter, that doesn’t mean of buying a high color diamond.

Diamond looks

An eye clean SI2 will look identical to a flawless diamond assuming that all the others are equal. Results are problematic when they are actually visible. No one likes black stuff rendering into their diamond. Spending more money on this clarity won’t add any visual benefits to the diamond. The best way is budget the diamond to minimize the expenditure on clarity, limit your search for the best cut diamonds, choose for the lowest color possible that looks white and search for the largest diamond possible in the available frameworks.

There’s one big issue about the clarity which needs clarification. If one cares for the actual clarity grades of the diamond, it is important to consider that no two diamonds are alike to each other even if they are the VS2 graded diamonds. It is definitely possible that The VS2 graded diamond with black inclusion at the center which is eye visible while at the same time you may have translucent feather on the girdle of an I1 certified diamond.

Take a look at the above diamond. It is the perfect example of an awful I1. The Black inclusion at the center of the diamond, while it is small enough to be considered as a VS2 graded diamond. It is strong enough to be clearly visible to naked eye. This I VS2 graded costs $2,620,it is 0.70ct ideal cut round.

If you want to buy from the local jewel steer, always ask the vendor to let you examine the the diamond under magnification. Check it thoroughly to see if you can notice anything obvious under the microscope.

Diamond shape

If you can’t find anything chances are that it must not be visible to the naked eyes too. If there is anything doubtful, consult the independent appraiser or a gemologist and get their opinion about the stone and the shape before purchasing the stone.

Consumers often over exaggerate the situation after seeing the magnified images of the stone where the details are blown up in proportions. The presence of some minor inclusions in pavilion or some minor blemishes does not mean that the diamond won’t look beautiful. Actually most of the inclusions that is seen under magnification, are not visible to the naked eye. There’s no need to pay an excessive amount of money for internally flawless stone, if you really don’t have special reasons to buy it.

Durability factors posed by inclusions. The location of inclusion may cause an impact on diamond’s durability, for example if huge cavities lie to the girdle, the diamond will tend to become vulnerable to chipping. Gemological labs like GIA takes such issues of durability into account and accordingly assign lower clarity grading to the stone.

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