More than any other quality, cut determines the fire and brilliance of a diamond. In order to maximize this fire and brilliance, the diamond cutter must place each of the stone’s facets and angles in exact geometric relation to one another. On a classic round brilliant-cut diamond, for instance, fifty-seven or fifty-eight facets must be precisely aligned. We use only the most skilled and experienced diamond cutters in the world to ensure that all our solitaire diamonds are cut to maximize brilliance, not Carat Weight.
It is possible to find some imperfections in almost every diamond: tiny feathers and clouds – inclusions – that affect a diamond’s value. Clarity grades range from “I” (imperfect) to “FL” (flawless). A diamond is said to be “flawless” if no inclusions or superficial blemishes can be seen under a standard 10-power jeweler’s loupe. Truly flawless diamonds are extremely rare.
The purest and rarest diamonds are virtually colorless. Although many diamonds may appear colorless to the untrained eye, the majority contain very slight traces of yellow, brown or gray. Color quality is critical. A stone’s beauty and value usually increase dramatically the more colorless it is. The Spectrum ranges from totally Colorless “D” to light yellow “Z”.
Carat is the gemologist’s standard measure of a diamond’s weight. But size alone is almost meaningless unless you consider Cut, Clarity and Color. However, size does increase the value of a good quality
diamond for the simple reason that large stones are rarer than small ones. A large stone holds little value if it lacks fire, brilliance, purity and high-grade color. We can help you weigh all of the factors to arrive at the best combination of Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight for your engagement ring.