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Our Guide to Diamonds Image

Our Guide to Diamonds

Just like snowflakes or a fingerprint, no two diamonds are the same, with each sparkling stone bearing its own unique set of characteristics. Our Guide to Diamonds is here to help you understand these properties and equip you with the knowledge you need to choose the diamond that’s perfect for you.

The 4Cs

The 4Cs are the globally recognised standard for grading the quality of diamonds. Whether you’re an expert or shopping for a forever jewel for the very first time, they’re a vital tool for assessing and comparing diamonds. Here at Budrevich, we encourage you to visit our studio to browse different diamonds and inspect each under a gemmological microscope to gain a better understanding of the 4Cs, which collectively affect the value of your stone.

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1. Colour

The colour of a white diamond is determined by how close to colourless it is. Graded on a scale from D to Z, D colour diamonds have an icy, colourless appearance, while stones that are graded towards the bottom of the scale display a visible yellow or brown hue.

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2. Clarity

Formed by nature over millions of years, the vast majority of diamonds contain miniscule flaws. Clarity is the measure of a diamond’s purity, graded according to the size and volume of these microscopic idiosyncrasies, with the help of 10x magnification.

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3. Cut

Arguably the most important of the 4Cs, the quality of a diamond’s cut — its polish and symmetry — determines how it interacts with the light. The more precise, symmetrical and smooth a diamond’s facets, the more fantastic its sparkle.

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4. Carat

Believed to derive from the carob seeds, which were used by ancient jewellers as a reference weight because their mass varied so little, the carat has been used throughout history as a universal means of weighing diamonds.

Diamond Shapes

The shape of a diamond is perhaps the most exciting factor to consider when shopping for a ring because the possibilities know no bounds. While the traditional round brilliant cut is the most popular choice by a long stretch, the term “fancy shape” refers to any diamond cut that isn’t round, from the oval to the pear, princess to the heart, and beyond.

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These are the most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions, please contact us.

When it comes to the price of diamonds, not all stones are the same, even if they look like it on paper. Obvious differences in clarity or colour can be identified from a diamond’s certificate, but what you should really be looking for is what’s not included on a certificate - the hidden stuff like inclusions in visible places and unwelcome fluorescence. The quality of a diamond’s cut is also crucial, with symmetry and proportions integral to its beauty. There are many different companies who grade diamonds, with the same diamond often graded very differently from one to the next. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the most respected and trustworthy among them. Every diamond 0.4 carat at Budrevich comes with a GIA certificate, and we always recommend seeing diamonds in person. Using your own eyes is the best way to compare diamonds. And remember, there is always a reason for the price difference.

Choosing a diamond that has been graded by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is an assurance of quality. A globally recognised authority and trusted brand in the diamond industry, the GIA employs strict standards in grading diamonds for their cut, colour, clarity and carat weight, with its unbiased assessments a guarantee that you are investing in a genuine and accurately appraised diamond.

Formed deep within the Earth over billions of years, natural diamonds are a scarce resource and therefore inherently precious. Lab-grown diamonds, meanwhile, are created in laboratory environments, which means they are abundant and, because of technological advances, becoming cheaper each year. Both natural and lab-grown diamonds share basic chemical compositions and structures, however natural stones have unique characteristics shaped by geological processes that can help you to tell them apart from their lab-grown counterparts.

Formed deep within the Earth over billions of years, natural diamonds possess a unique history and symbolism. Emblems of love, resilience and commitment for centuries, they carry emotional significance across generations. Not only are natural diamonds a celebration of the Earth’s geological wonders and a tangible connection to history and the enduring power of love, they also often appreciate in value due to their limited supply and sustained demand.