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19 years ago Rock Lobster began helping customers fall in love with sparking diamonds, and to this day we believe that a diamond piece is an investment, no matter the price tag, and should always be approached thoughtfully. This is why we love providing the right information and space so that you can make an informed decision.
We decided to compile all the important bits and bobs that you should look for when purchasing your diamond, whether it's your first time or you are adding to the collection .
The most brilliant example of Earth’s forces at work, the diamond has fascinated people throughout history, within all realms of society – from scientists to royalty to celebrities. First formed millions of years ago, in conditions that will never be seen on the Earth again, each diamond we come across is unique. Leading gemmologists, gem specialists, physicists and cultural observers have covered every facet of information, from formation to economic standing to the historical regal and social importance.
The Four C's
We like to think that there is more to a Diamond than just how it looks on your finger, knowing how to look out for a truly spectacular diamond is fairly crucial as every diamond is unique and almost never share the same origin story. That's why here at Rock Lobster, we like to delve deep into the 4 Characteristics of a diamond to ensure that our Diamonds are some of the best.
This is the measure by which all diamonds are weighed against, only the weight is taken into account, not the size of a diamond. Carats are split into points where 100 points are equal to one carat.
- 1/2 carat diamond = 50 point or 0.50 carat diamond
- 1/4 carat diamond = 25 point or 0.25 carat diamond
On some instances, there will be more than one diamond present in the jewellery, such as cluster rings or three stone pendants, so the stones are all weighed together rather than individually.
There are two important factors to remember when talking about carat weight: one is that the carat weight does not reflect the size of the diamond, therefore it may appear to be bigger but may actually weigh less. The second factor is even though the most appealing factor is the carat weight of a diamond, it is also important to remember that colour, clarity and cut are all needed to determine the value of a diamond.
Diamond colours can be assessed through a grading scale, which features diamonds that are absolutely colourless, to faint yellow, to light yellows. The grading system is actually based on the lack of colour the diamond shows, the less colour the better quality diamond is it.
Diamonds are a natural occurrence, simply the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep within the Earth. The formation of a diamond can result in unique internal characteristics which are commonly referred to as inclusions. The external characteristics are called blemishes. All diamonds are known to have inclsions, it's almost like their own unique fingerprint.
Inclusions are ranked on a scale of perfection which is referred to as the 'clarity' of a diamond. This means that the greater the clarity, the more valuable the diamond will be. The clarity scale is a subtle reminder that it is fairly common for diamonds to have natural 'flaws', they can appear to look like tiny crystals, clouds or feathers. However, most inclusions don't greatly affect the overall appearance of a diamond as they can be hidden by the mount or setting.
The cut of a diamond refers to their proportion and finish, the quality of the diamond's cut relates only to how well the facets interact with light. The skilled diamond cutter will take a rough diamond and decide how to best split it to achieve the most beautiful stone. They will then continue to cut and polish the desired diamond to the shape with artistry and mathematically precision, ensuring that all facet proportions are correct and that the finished result will be that of a symmetrical and balanced diamond.
Types of Cut:
We are the biggest independent Designers Jewellers located in Worcester, with over 50 International and British designers all dealing in diverse craftsmanship and stunning materials. All our Diamond jewellery has a background - it has been made with love and the utmost attention to detail has been given to all our pieces.