D is for Diamonds
Diamonds are considered a precious stone amongst the other 4 which are rubies, sapphires, aquamarine and emeralds.
Diamonds are pure carbon and the hardest stone of all gems. On the scale it is a 10.0 and extremely durable.
The Diamonds are appraised by the 4C’s method as many other precious gems. The 4C’s are Clarity, Cut, Color and Carat. Clarity and Color are probably the most important to determine the value of a good diamond.
Different shapes of a Diamond are:
Round Cut -it showcases the brilliant faceting 58 facets of the diamond and is a very traditional look.
Emerald Cut-it’s elongated shape and step cut faceting is very clean cut.
Cushion Cut-it’s curved corners and brilliant facets bring a lot of sparkle. Very popular during the 18th century.
Oval Cut-is one of the most up and coming shapes. It has brilliant facets with elegant aesthetics. Was very popular in the 1960’s.
Pear or Marquis Cut-these cuts are for someone looking to create the illusion of a larger stone and elongates a hand.
Ascher Cut-old world sophistication popular in the 1800’s. They have step cut rather than brilliant cut facets.
Radiant Cut-brilliant faceting rectangle shape that portrays sparkle and flash. It’s the best of both worlds round brilliant with elongated shape.
Cleaning your diamonds are simple. Soap, water and small brush will do the trick.
Diamonds can withstand an ultrasonic cleaning.