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Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend: What You Need to Know About Diamonds
Diamonds are unique and always a special gift - whether to yourself or from someone else. There are some criteria that you should consider when buying jewelry with diamonds. In our guide, we explain the most important terms and show you the questions and characteristics you use to identify a precious diamond.
How do you recognize a high quality diamond?
When classifying diamonds, there are the so-called four C's, according to which the stones are individually assessed:
Carat: One (metric) carat for diamonds corresponds to a weight of 0.2 grams.
Clarity: Most of the real, naturally occurring diamonds have small features that make them less clear. One speaks of inclusions. The fewer inclusions there are, the more valuable the diamond. A diamond is only considered flawless if, even when magnified ten times, no defects can be found and it does not deviate from its transparent structure at any point.
Cut: The most important characteristic of a diamond is its cut, which is decisive for the beauty of the stone. What is meant is the way the stone reacts to light. Factors for this are its polish, proportions and symmetry. Because if a high-quality diamond has not been cut well, it will look dull even if it is very clean. On the other hand, if it is well sanded, it can refract and reflect the light particularly well - and this is noticeable with a high level of sparkle and glow.
Color: While colored diamonds are becoming more and more fashionable, collectors and experts rely on stones that are as colorless as possible. The closer it comes to colorlessness, the rarer and more sought-after the diamond. In their natural form, however, white diamonds are usually slightly yellow in color. In fine jewelery, the color of a diamond is determined using a fixed pattern of diamond patterns, ranging from D (colorless) to Z (tinted).
What other factors affect the value of diamonds?
In contrast to determining the price of gold or silver, for example, the assessment of diamonds is not based on weight. For example, a piece of jewelry with multiple small diamonds may be less valuable than a piece with a single large diamond. This is due to the fact that large diamonds are very rare and therefore all the more sought-after.
Conversely, this also means that - unlike gold jewelry - there are no fixed standards by which one can orientate oneself when determining the price of diamond jewelry. This is a great challenge, especially for beginners. Research into similar pieces of jewelry on the Internet can provide an initial overview, but prices often fluctuate immensely here too. If in doubt, it is therefore advisable to seek professional help from experts who can give you a realistic assessment of the diamond's value.
These are the most common diamond cuts
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The most famous cut for diamonds today is the round brilliant cut. The stone has 56 or 57 facets and particularly advantageous proportions in order to sparkle as much as possible.
The predecessor of today's brilliant cut is the so-called old cut. Today you can find it mainly on vintage jewelry. Its body is a little higher than a brilliant cut, the "table" at the top a little smaller.
A cut in the shape of an ellipse with the same facets as a brilliant cut.
For this purpose, the diamond is ground round on one side and pointed on one side, giving it 56 facets. This cut is particularly popular for earrings and pendants on chains.
The emerald cut is octagonal, has parallel facets and beveled corners. This cut was originally developed for emeralds, which are mostly brittle and difficult to grind. Nowadays the emerald is also used for other stones.
The princess cut is characterized by its square shape. If you look at the stone from above, the special cut of the lower facets results in a cross shape.
A heart cut is one of the most complicated cuts, as its characteristic shape requires special craftsmanship. A heart cut diamond is only considered to be of high quality if it is absolutely symmetrical.
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Are diamonds a good investment?
High-quality and natural diamonds are becoming increasingly rare as global resources are gradually being exhausted. At least there have been no reports of major diamond discoveries in recent years. Existing pieces of jewelery with diamonds are all the more in demand - and for this reason alone are worthwhile as a long-term investment. Because experts assume that there will be a further increase in value for diamonds in the next few years due to the low occurrence - provided the stones are in good to flawless condition.
Sustainability: How do I recognize fair-won diamonds?
The classic business with diamonds is unfortunately a dirty business. Diamonds without certification are often extracted under questionable conditions - as the film "Blood Diamond" once told in Hollywood fashion. Unfortunately, this practice is still common in some regions of the world today, in which workers have to mine the rare stones under life-threatening and unhealthy conditions. In addition, the diamond industry is one of the biggest polluters to date - in Angola or the Republic of the Congo, for example, such large areas have been destroyed for the extraction of real diamonds that they can even be seen from space.
It is therefore advisable to obtain extensive information before buying fine jewelery with diamonds and to only buy from a jeweler: in or from a jewelry label who can provide reliable evidence of the origin and extraction of the stone.
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