Seriously, who passionate about jewelry and gems doesn’t have a crush on precious stones, especially diamonds?
I admit, I have been fascinated by this gem for years. This is why I decided to devote an article to him in my blog.
The gem of excess
Even before I could afford my very first diamond solitaire, this precious gem was already the object of my attentions. Regularly, I even went to jewelers to admire and touch the stone. Why so much enthusiasm? First, the exceptional beauty and clarity of this gem, particularly if the diamond has shades of colors such as pink, blue, green or yellow.
Moreover, during an auction organized by Sotheby’s on November 13, 2013 in Geneva, the most expensive diamond in the world was auctioned at the colossal price of 83 million dollars, namely nearly 61 million euros. Magnificently enthroned on a ring, the Pink Star is a rare 59.60-carat pink diamond from one of De Beers’ mines in Africa. Weighing 11.92 grams, the Pink Star is 1.36 centimeters thick, measuring 2.60 centimeters by 2.69.
But if I have so much fascination with this precious stone, it is because this natural mineral essentially composed of carbon is only found 150 or even 1000 kilometers below the earth’s crust. Indeed, a temperature of around 1200 degrees, associated with a pressure of 4.5 GPa are the sine qua non conditions for diamond formation. Hence undoubtedly its rarity and its very expensive cost.
What you should know when buying a diamond
If one day you want to become the proud owner of a diamond you must take these 4 evaluation criteria into account. More precisely, the 4Cs will be involved in determining the price of this precious stone. The first is the Carat which as the name suggests defines the weight of the gem. Thus, the heavier the gem, the higher its price. And if memory serves me well, only diamonds cut with more than 0.5 carats can be qualified as rare.
The second criterion is the Clarity which specifies the purity of the gemstone based on the number of inclusions present in the gemstone. These imperfections can be in the form of crystals or gas clouds. Otherwise, once examined from all angles, the stone will be classified according to its purity. And for information, in the clarity grid, a diamond is qualified as perfect when the gem is categorized as Internally Flawless or FL.
The diamond on my engagement ring is on the VS2 or Very Small Inclusion scale, a very appreciable clarity. But now let’s talk about the Cut. This third criterion mainly concerns the size, symmetry and shape of the diamond and will be defined according to four essential elements: the cylinder head, the crown, the table and the girdle. Finally, the fourth criterion, and not the least, is the color of the gemstone or Color.
Here are all the tips for choosing the right diamond!