Although diamonds have been known to man over 4000 years was first found and used in India after finding their way to Greece after that time. It came to a close-up found in quantity in Brazil only a few hundred years ago. They were not yet in common man's property and currents up that mining in South Africa launched in mid-1800. Now available on every cover of the main street jeweler and jewelry online
Today large mines in South Africa have been challenged by mines in Australia, Canada, Russia and many other countries. Australia is interesting as mine, near Perth are producing beautiful colored stones, which until recently were not available for purchase but are now appearing at your local jewelers.
Here is how diamonds are graded this knowledge should help enable a buyer to get a better deal when purchasing.
The 4 C's
Color, Clarity and Carat – these are the attributes mostly natural, but cut is determined by human intervention.
D, E, F. Colorless
G, H, I. Almost colorless
J, K. Slightly stained
L, M. Slight yellowish tinge, usually
N, O, P, Q, R. Light Tint can usually be seen with the naked eye.
S – Z usually dyed yellow to brown. Color visible to the naked eye.
FL. Flawless. Extremely rare.
SI. Internally flawless. Very rare.
VVS. Very very slightly included. (An internal inclusions are impurities that interfere with the refraction of light)
VS. Very little can be included is observed under magnification.
Sl. Slightly included.
SL2. The inclusions can be seen under 10x magnification.
P. Chop or included visible to the naked eye.
1 carat = 0.20 grams
When cutting diamonds come in different forms and have wonderful names such as Baguette, emerald, heart, pear, radiant, oval, marquise, triangle, single lap, and the most popular brilliant round. The diamonds are cut so that they reflect In light of the reduction of mirror surfaces / facets while the top of the diamond. Cuts of diamonds are found in specific proportions and accepted standards facet of the industry.
It is always advisable to purchase a real diamond from a jeweler in the main street or a jewelers online. A single stone of a certain size is always preferable to a group of smaller stones. The man made cubic zirconia should be avoided altogether, because they have little or no resale value and are very poor relation of the real thing. I hope this helps with your decision to buy for that special person in your life.
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