Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Love Doctor, I Need 4Cs Stat!

Attend any wedding and talk of engagement rings is bound to come up. So how can you ensure getting best ring possible?

Let's take a trip (sigh, only a virtual trip!) to Harry Winston for a much needed lesson on the 4Cs of diamonds. After all, when it comes to finding the perfect symbol of your love, who doesn't want to find a winsome piece?

Cut: the beauty of a diamond depends on how well it has been cut more than anything else. When a diamond is cut to exacting proportions - neither too deep nor too shallow - light will reflect inside the stone from one mirror-like facet to another and reappear through the top of the stone, making it seem to radiate from within.

Color: Diamonds are transparent, most display barely perceptible hints of color. The less color in a diamond, the more rare it is.

Clarity: Virtually all diamonds contain identifying characteristics, most of them too small to be seen with the unaided eye. In general, the greater the number and size of inclusions within a diamond, the lower its clarity grade. Harry Winston diamonds are selected from teh top clarity grades; any inclusions only become visible under 10X power magnification.

Carat: A diamond's size is measured in carat weight. Larger diamonds are valued because they are valued because they are found less frequently in nature. But diamonds of equal carat weight may vary greatly in brilliance depending on tehir proportion and cut. Therefore, caret weight alone is a poor guide for value. It is the complex combination of cut, color, clarity and carat weight that determines a diamond's quality and beauty.

Images courtesy of Leviev

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