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DIAMOND EDUCATION

Diamond Buying:
What you Need to Know

If you in the market for diamonds then TeLayne Designs is the place to shop. As a custom jewelry designer we have less overheads than the traditional retail store. This translates into more savings in your pocket if you source your diamonds through us. Diamonds prices vary according to their size, shape, cut and color. Traditionally described as the 4 – C’s of diamonds namely the cut, color, clarity and carat weight. With such a wide range of possibilities is best to start with your budget and how much you willing to spend on your diamond and setting

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Diamond cut guide

Diamond Shape

Diamonds are cut into various shapes however there are only a few sought after shapes, The round brilliant is by far the most popular diamond followed by fancy shape diamonds. Any diamond that deviates from the traditional round diamond is considered a fancy shape diamond.  Here are some of the more popular shape diamonds.

When it comes to selecting a piece that resonates with you, selecting a the diamond shape that fits your sense of style is crucial as it can help set the foundation for the rest of the piece. 

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Diamond Cut

The diamond  cut is also known as the proportions or symmetry of the diamond. The cut speaks of how well your diamond was shaped and polished by the diamond cutter (e.g. Are all facets in proportion and in symmetry to one another?)

A very important factor of a diamond’s cut is the relation of the diamonds diameter and depth. This determines the diamonds overall weight while ideally still holding an excellent to very good cut. The light enters the top of the stone and bounces around on the inside of the diamond and the reflected back by the facets. A well cut diamond has the light bounce back out the top of the stone. A poorly cut diamond loses some of the light when it doesn’t bounce out the top, but escapes from the side or bottom of the stone.

Even with a proper cut diamond one stone can still be more brilliant than another thanks to Mother Nature. Sometimes the brilliance is sharper on one stone than another stone. These things can’t be seen in a diamond report or on the Internet; you must see stones next to each other. This is why it is best to come in and view a selection of diamonds in person. We will show you several loose diamonds in the budget range you request; then you pick the stone that best fits your needs and style.

When choosing a diamond, prioritize Excellent or Very Good cut grades for maximum brilliance and sparkle, as they reflect light exceptionally well. Poor cuts generally appear lifeless and dull. 

Color

Diamonds come in various colors to the traditional white and off white to fancy colors. Fancy colors are more rare than that of the typical diamond colors and therefore, demand premium prices. Traditional diamond color starts with D (white diamonds) and continues down the alphabetical scale to Z (yellow to brown diamonds). The most popular “white or near colorless” appearance diamond is between the G to I color range. These color differences are hard to see with the naked eye and are usually found on the diamond certificate. 

Diamond color guide

When considering diamond color, opt for stones in the near-colorless to colorless range (grades D to G) for a brilliant and visually appealing appearance, especially in white gold or platinum settings

Diamond cut guide

Diamond Clarity

The diamond  cut is also known as the proportions or symmetry of the diamond. The cut speaks of how well your diamond was shaped and polished by the diamond cutter (e.g. Are all facets in proportion and in symmetry to one another?)

A very important factor of a diamond’s cut is the relation of the diamonds diameter and depth. This determines the diamonds overall weight while ideally still holding an excellent to very good cut. The light enters the top of the stone and bounces around on the inside of the diamond and the reflected back by the facets. A well cut diamond has the light bounce back out the top of the stone. A poorly cut diamond loses some of the light when it doesn’t bounce out the top, but escapes from the side or bottom of the stone.

Even with a proper cut diamond one stone can still be more brilliant than another thanks to Mother Nature. Sometimes the brilliance is sharper on one stone than another stone. These things can’t be seen in a diamond report or on the Internet; you must see stones next to each other. This is why it is best to come in and view a selection of diamonds in person. We will show you several loose diamonds in the budget range you request; then you pick the stone that best fits your needs and style.

For your piece, consider diamonds with clarity grades of VS1 to SI1 for a balance of value and visual perfection, as these stones typically have minor imperfections that are often invisible to the naked eye.

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