Choosing a diamond is always an exciting and often quite an emotional event. At Drakes Jewellers, Plymouth we will use our extensive knowledge and passion to help you find the one that's perfect for you.
When choosing a diamond there are 5 key things to consider: Colour, Carat, Cut, Clarity and Confidence.
To the naked eye most diamonds will appear colourless although there are subtle differences in shade.
Using the GIA grading system, diamonds are colour graded from D (colourless) to Z (yellow). These grades play a vital role in establishing the value of a diamond.
A carat is a measure of weight so this also indicates the size of a diamond.
The larger the diamond, the higher the carat weight will be. However, this does not solely determine the value of the diamond; cut, clarity and colour will also be taken into consideration.
When a diamond is cut, facets are created and the beauty of the diamond is revealed. The facets give the diamond its unique brilliance and scintillation.
Today there are many different cuts of diamond each giving a distinctive effect. The most popular cuts include: brilliant, oval, pear, marquise, heart, cushion, princess, emerald and radiant.
The vast majority of diamonds have internal characteristics that indicate their growth and these are known as inclusions.
Inclusions should not be seen as faults; they are simply "natures hallmark" and contribute to the unique beauty of each diamond.
The fewer inclusions a diamond has, the rarer it becomes and this will naturally be reflected in its value.
Choosing a diamond is always an exciting event and often quite an emotional one too.
You can be confident that the Drakes team with their knowledge and passion, will help you find a diamond that is perfect for you.
Come in to our Diamond and Bridal Lounge and have lots of fun trying on diamonds until you fall in love!