When looking at buying diamond jewelry, it is important that you know about the different types of diamonds. There are a number of factors that you need to consider which make diamonds different. These factors will include the color, the cut and the clarity.
When looking at color, the ideal diamond will be completely colorless. Colorless diamonds will be the most expensive, but most diamonds appear to be colorless. Color is graded on an alphabetical scale starting with D as being completely colorless and going to Z where the diamonds will be heavily tinted. This scale comes from the Gemological Institute of America which is the authority on diamond certification.
The differences between the grades are generally very subtle and most are not visible to the naked eye. If the diamond does have a visible tint, it will generally be classed in the N range. It is important to note that there are some colored diamonds that are in high demand and rare including green, blue and red diamonds.
The cut of the diamond will relate to the finish, proportions, polish and symmetry of the diamond. These factors will impact the brilliance and intensity of the diamond. Well-cut diamonds will be perfectly symmetrical, proportioned and polished. These will be the most expensive diamonds on the market.
The depth and width of the cut will impact how light is able to travel within the diamond. If too much light is lost, the diamond will lose some of its brilliance. Cuts that are too deep will allow light to escape through the sides of the diamond making it dull and dark.
There is a range of different cuts available from the round cut to the princess cut at Jewelry Store Troy Ohio. The choice of cut will be personal preference and depend on the jewelry settings.
The clarity of a diamond is determined by the visibility of flaws and the number of flaws. FL is the best grade for clarity and will be a completely flawless diamond. IF is the second best and will be an internally flawless diamond that has external flaws which can be removed with polishing.
VVS1 and VVS2 are grades were only an expert will be able to detect the flaws in the diamond using a microscope. If the flaws are visible to the expert from the top of the diamond it will be a VVS2, but if the flaw is only visible from the bottom it will be a VVS2.