All you need to know about Diamonds

Getting engaged is probably one of the most important and emotional moments in your life and sourcing the perfect ring may appear daunting and a little overwhelming at first but there really needn’t be any worry. At Whittles Jewellers in Preston, Lancashire, we pride ourselves in helping you make the best decisions and with a vast selection of engagement rings of the highest quality and craftsmanship we’ll find you a ring that makes your heart sing. We also have a bespoke service and have the ring of your dreams design and tailored to your tastes.

Below give you a quick guide to all you need to know about finding the perfect engagement ring whether you’re choosing the ring yourself or purchasing it for that special person.

When you begin looking for the perfect engagement ring you may come across the four Cs. Understanding the four Cs will help you to recognise the differences in diamond quality.

Diamond Cut

All diamonds start off as a rough crystal and turned into a polished diamond by skilled craftsmen who’s aim is to bring out the brilliance and sparkle of each diamond. This is done by cutting a diamond with fine symmetry, proportions and angles which make good use of light by allowing it to be dispersed and reflected from one facet to another. An expertly cut diamond will sparkle and shine.

The cut can sometimes refer to the shape of the diamond and there are many shapes available:

Round brilliant cut diamonds
The round brilliant cut diamond is a the true classic, traditional shape and the most popular shape. It can suit any setting and ring style and is completely timeless in its shape.
Princess cut diamond
The princess cut diamond is a square shape with a brilliant cut; it gives a fresh modern twist and is one of the most popular cuts.
Cushion cut diamond
A hugely popular choice with the celebs. It is a rounded square or rounded rectangular in shape, which highlights the diamonds brilliance. This shape is often make use of big or fancy coloured diamonds.
Marquise cut diamond
The marquise diamond cut will maximise the carat weight and can give a much larger looking diamond.
Heart cut diamond
A heart shaped diamond is the romantics choice and suits an engagement rings with the purpose of an expression of love.
Emerald cut diamond Emerald cut diamond
The shape is rectangular but can vary in length and width. It has a special ‘step-like’ cut which highlights the diamonds brilliance.
Oval cut diamond
One of the least commonly seen shapes in engagement rings it offers a unique style and a bespoke feel.
Pear cut diamond
Pear shaped diamonds will make the fingers look longer and thinner

Colour

Diamonds are generally colourless or near colourless. Any colour reveals itself as a pale yellow or brown in a diamond. The less colour a diamond has I seen as more desirable. This is the reason a diamond’s colour grade is established on its absence of colour.

Clarity

Probably the least important to consider is the clarity of a diamond. Most diamonds will contain inclusions or flaws which are known as nature’s ‘fingerprints’. Diamonds are never perfect, but the fewer flaws, the more valuable a diamond will be. Almost all inclusions cannot be seen by the naked eye meaning and likely not affect the beauty of the diamond engagement ring.

Carat weight

A diamond’s carat measures the weight not the size of a diamond. Generally, the larger the diamond the more expensive it is, however other factors such as colour, clarity and cut are considered, however a diamond can appear larger than its actual weight depending on the way it is cut and set. If you choose a diamond cluster ring the carat weight refers to the total weight of all the stones.

Hopefully we have given you some insight and you feel ready to start the shopping trip of a lifetime and one you’ll want to get right!

Feel free to pop in at Whittles Jewellers, Fishergate, Preston, take a seat and let one of our jewellery experts take you through our incredible engagement ring collection or help design you the perfect, bespoke ring for you to cherish.

Getting engaged is probably one of the most important and emotional moments in your life and sourcing the perfect ring may appear daunting and a little overwhelming at first but there really needn’t be any worry.