The crucial things to consider when buying or choosing a diamond are the five c's - Colour, Cut, Clarity, Carat weight & Conscience. The way these five aspects of a stone relate to one another can drastically vary the look and cost of a diamond.
The whiter, or more colourless, the stone the purer it is and therefore the more sought after and precious. The grading scale ranges from 'D' (exceptional white) to 'Z' (tinted colour). The exceptions to this are fancy, or coloured, diamonds which have their own grading scale. Put simply, the better the colour you can get, the better the stone will look. We generally don't sell anything graded under an 'H' (white) as the tint of colour is then quite noticeable and can detract from the overall impact of the stone.
Diamonds are cut from the rough piece in order to maximise their potential to shine and dazzle. The proportions of a stones shape is the aspect that determines how light enters and exits the stone which in turn determines its brilliance. The scale ranges from 'ideal', 'very good', 'good', 'fair' through to 'poor'. We always aim to supply the best we can for each bespoke jewellery commission we undertake and supply at least 'very good' cut diamonds.
Styles of cut
The traditional styles of cut (as shown above) are all magnificent when combined with good proportions, colour and clarity.
The clarity of a diamond refers to the presence of minor flaws or inclusions, such as tiny fractures, scratches or trace minerals within the stone. The grading scale used to measure the clarity of a diamond ranges from 'IF' (internally flawless) to 'I3' (imperfect). We tend to use diamonds graded to at least 'VS' (very slightly included), this means that the stone only has minute inclusions difficult for an expert to detect under x10 magnification.
The weight of a diamond is referred to in terms of its carat weight. Generally speaking, the higher the carat weight the larger the stone. This is also dependent on cut. For example, a poorly cut, very deep stone is going to weigh more than an ideal cut stone that looks the same size from above. This is why it is important to make sure you take into account all of the five c's, not just the carat weight. We advise that bigger is not always better and prefer to provide customers with diamonds that have the best cut, clarity and colour they can afford and then determine the carat weight from there.
Our 5th C - Conscience...
Recycled Diamonds - 'The most eco-friendly natural diamonds available'
Approximately 4.5 billion carats of diamonds have been extracted from the ground since large scale mining efforts began in South Africa in the 1870's. This means that many millions of diamonds are part of the world's existing, above ground, supply of diamonds. A 'recycled' diamond is simply, a previously owned diamond. We believe in this practice as a sincere attempt to reduce the demand for mined diamonds in order to stamp out the horrendous impact both in humanitarian terms and environmental impact, of diamonds mined in unregulated circumstances that go on to fund warfare and criminal activities. In order to reduce environmentally damaging mining practices, we are proud to use recycled diamonds wherever possible.
Our recycled diamonds are all cleaned, re-polished and certificated usually by the GIA - so they really are as good as new…. except they are better!
In the event that a commission requires a diamond that is not a 'recycled' or previously owned diamond, then our suppliers conform to the Kimberly Process and as such any diamonds bought from Mahailia Jewellery Design will be supplied with the following statement;
'Keep Diamonds Free of Conflict'
The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict in compliance with United Nations resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds.
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