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The only thing better than a beautiful diamond is a BIG beautiful diamond! The diamond specialists at Gold & Diamond Source know you want the best bang for your diamond buck. So today, we're discussing the shapes (cuts) of diamonds that look the biggest.
Spoiler alert: it's the oval cut.
We'll also cover a few ways to make a smaller diamond look larger and ways to stretch your budget to buy an impressive stone.
Carat Weight Counts
Diamonds are measured by weight, in carats (ct).
- Per the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), one carat equals 0.2 grams.
- That's about the same as a paperclip.
Bigger diamonds are rarer. So diamond prices increase exponentially with carat weight. A .5 ct diamond does not cost half of a 1-ct diamond of the same quality.
Now, let's talk about the diamond cuts that look large.
Oval-Cut Diamonds Often Look Larger
Round brilliant-cut diamonds (they look like a circle when viewed from above) have 58 facets and the most sparkle when cut well. But oval cuts look larger on the finger. That's because the top facet has a larger "footprint." It takes up more space. Oval cuts also have 57 or 58 facets, so the sparkle factor is pretty great, too.
You could put a .66 ct oval and a one ct round brilliant cut next to each other, and the average consumer would guess they weigh about the same!
Take Advantage of the 1 Ct Mark
Now, if you want to make a visual impact with your oval stone, buy one that's just a few points shy of the one-carat mark. Remember, the price jumps considerably at one carat (and jewelers have a few points of leeway and can price a .99 ct stone as a full carat.) But a .90 ct oval will look like a very expensive stone, more like a 1.5 ct round.
- Then, step it up with a high-profile setting that raises the diamond up from the ring.
- Or add a halo of diamonds for even more sparkle.
Add all these tricks together to achieve a $15,000 diamond look but only spend a fraction of that money.
At GDS, we know the hot trend in engagement rings is all about the big rocks. Contact us to learn how to stretch that diamond budget. We'll help you surprise her with the BIG, beautiful diamond she's dreaming about.
Diamond simulants are stones that look like genuine diamonds but aren't. Some occur naturally in the earth, like white zircons and white sapphires. Others are created in a lab, like moissanite and cubic zirconia (CZ).
The Gold and Diamond Source team is here to explain the different diamond simulants and help you choose the one that suits your personality.
Are Diamond Simulants Popular?
Diamond simulants have been gaining popularity in recent years. And some — like moissanite — have developed a dedicated following among consumers. That's mostly because of the social and environmental impacts of diamond mining.
At its worst, diamond mining can be a difficult process that has a reputation for:
- Underpaying local miners and indigenous people who are working in dangerous conditions
- Funding terrorist activity, like "blood diamonds"
- Destroying jungle habitats
- Generating greenhouse gases
- Causing erosion and scarring the earth
So, if you're dedicated to social equality issues or environmentally concerned, you might feel a lab-created diamond simulant is a better choice. The fact that diamond simulants are available at a fraction of the price is icing on the cake!
Moissanite VS Cubic Zirconia
Two popular artificial simulants are moissanite and cubic zirconia. Of the two, this author prefers moissanite, by far. While not as economical as a CZ, its hardness (9.25 on Moh's Hardness Scale) is near a diamond, making it durable for everyday wear.
- But the more impressive point is that moissanite visibly outperforms a diamond.
- With a higher refractive index, you'll see a different and more intense sparkle coming out of a moissanite.
Moissanite will also generate that rainbow fire we love in diamonds. The sparkle factor can be overwhelming. We've heard it called the "disco ball effect." These stones are so dazzling that an educated eye can recognize them right away. That's no diamond.
Some Earth-Mined Stones Can Mimic Diamonds
Now, some customers want a stone that came from Mother Nature. We understand! We'd steer you towards white zircons. A high-quality white zircon sparkles much like a diamond, but it's not nearly as tough. So it won't be the ideal stone for decades of everyday wear, like an engagement ring.
Cubic Zirconia (CZs) aren't diamonds. They have a similar appearance to the untrained eye, but it's not hard to tell them apart. Today, the team at Gold & Diamond Source is here to explain the differences between a CZ and a genuine diamond.
We'll tell you how to tell them apart quickly. But before we get any further, we want to debunk the old wives' tale that you should try to cut glass with a diamond to find out if it's real. Many diamond simulants (stones that look a lot like diamonds) are harder than glass! So don't scratch a windshield or mirror. That test isn't reliable.
The Breath Test
If you exhale on a genuine diamond, the fogginess will disappear almost instantly. A CZ will look cloudy for several seconds. This is because diamonds and cubic zirconias are composed of different materials.
- Diamonds are made of carbon. They cool quickly.
- Cubic zirconia is mostly zirconia and lime. They are slower to cool down and release that moisture.
However, the breath test will not separate a lab-grown carbon diamond from a genuine earth-mined stone. So keep that in mind!
Test the Weight
Diamonds are lighter than CZs. A cubic zirconia will weigh about 1.7 times more than a diamond of the same size. You'll need to pull a stone out of the setting to do this test.
The Newspaper Test
This test also requires a loose stone. Lay the stone upside down on a page of the newspaper or a magazine. If you can see parts of the print through the stone, it's a CZ. This is because diamonds have more refraction. They bend the light and reflect it out to your eye.
What if Your Stone is a "Fake?"
Laugh it off! Gemstone ripoffs are the oldest cons in human history. If you purchased this piece recently from a reputable source, return it to them. But if you inherited this stone and just discovered Grandma's engagement ring is a fake, the best thing to do is wear it every day in remembrance and enjoy a giggle.
You're in good company, by the way. The Black Prince's Ruby — the "Blood-Red Souvenir of Conquest" — that adorns the Crown of Britain isn't a ruby. It's a red spinel!
In the future, be sure to buy your diamonds from a reputable dealer like us. Contact us to learn more about genuine diamonds, lab-grown diamonds and diamond simulants today.
Diamond purity perfection is an essential characteristic that jewelers consider while searching for a perfect diamond. Suppose you are doing any search for diamonds. In that case, there is no doubt that you have heard the term 'inclusion.' Inclusions are minor imperfections within the diamond that arise from the process of diamond formation.
Naked eyes cannot realize inclusions. Most diamonds have inclusions, some with much larger inclusions, leading to low-grade clarity.
Types of Diamond Inclusions
Bearding results from improper diamond cutting technique, causing hair-like lines, blurry and a fringed appearance at the girdle, even extending to the surface of the entire diamond.
This is a tiny fracture within the stone that gives the diamond a white featherlike appearance. Such fractures are very dangerous and can cause problems related to durability.
Of all inclusions, pinpoint inclusions are very common. They are minute black or white spots noticeable as pinpoint inclusion on the surface of the diamond. Such inclusions appear as dots and are primarily visible at 10x magnification.
It's a small hole just quite similar to that of a tooth cavity on the surface of the diamond, though it's a rare case. Such gaps occur when an impurity on the table of the diamond has been removed during the process of diamond polishing. Once the inclusion is removed, a cavity is left on the surface, which is a threat to the carat weight and price of the diamond.
Diamond is the most rigid metal on earth. Despite their hardness, they can as well bruise. A bruise occurs when an external force has been exerted on the table of the diamond stone, leaving unnecessary cracks under the surface of the diamond.
Those diamonds with external inclusions are lowly graded, affecting the value and cost of the gem. If buying a diamond, be sure to inspect it before and after setting up in order to track any possible injury. Contact us For more information about diamond inclusions.
Marquise cut diamonds originated in 18th century France and were very popular in royal circles. They were in vogue in the '60s, and 70's especially engagement rings. This popularity faded because they became associated too strongly with the old guard. Though the marquise cut diamonds went out of style some few decades ago, they are slowly growing in popularity again.
What Is A Marquise Cut Diamond?
The marquise cut diamond is a modified brilliant diamond. This makes it appear larger than it actually is. It also makes the wearer's hands and fingers look longer and slimmer. These unique qualities make it an ideal choice for a ring stone.
A marquise is an eye-catching and striking diamond that is great for double band rings. Unlike common round and cushion types of diamonds, marquise cut diamonds are unique in shape and attract people's attention. Marquise-shaped diamonds have a lot of face-up area and offer significant savings compared to round diamonds of equal carats.
When Were Marquise Cut Diamonds Popular?
Created in 18th century France, this cut grew in popularity among royalty. This popularity peaked in the 60s and 70s for its symbolism of commitment as it was used in bridal jewelry.
Why Did The Marquise Cut Go Out Of style?
Since they were mostly associated with jewelry used in engagements and were handed down from mothers to their daughters, they gained the moniker 'my mother's diamond.' The young generation who wanted to look hip was not too eager to be seen wearing it.
Are Marquise Cut Diamonds In Style?
Like other vintage fashion products, marquise cut diamonds are slowly regaining their popularity. They have regained their privileged position as the preferred engagement rings. It is because these timeless stones are elegant and classy.