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Choosing the Right Diamond

diamond guideFor most people, buying a diamond is a new experience, but that does not mean it should be overwhelming.  Understanding a diamonds quality characteristics is easy and simple.  Center Jewellers diamond education is designed to answer all you questions without the jargon.
 
Shape of the Diamond
Shape is used to describe a diamonds form.  Example Round, Princess, Pear, Marquis.  All diamond shapes have different attributes, but overall the beauty of the individual shape is a matter of taste.
 
Cut of the Diamond
The cut of the diamond determines its brilliance or sparkle.  Put simply the better the diamond cut the more sparkle.
 
Colour of the Diamond
A diamonds colour grade actually refers to the lack of colour.  In other words diamonds that are white containing little of no colour, receive the highest grade.  Diamonds are graded as follows D, E, F, G, H, I.

Clarity of the Diamond
Almost all diamonds have tiny imperfections.  Diamonds with few or no imperfections receive the highest clarity grades, these are also the most expensive and outside most budgets. Diamonds are clarity graded from flawless to Pique 3.  The clarity grades are as follows. VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, P1, P2, P3.

Diamond Carat weight
This is the term used to describe the weight of the diamond. Again the higher the weight, the larger the stone, the more expensive it is.  For reference a good size single stone would normally weight .75 carats, most girls love the idea of the full carat, 1.00ct. On our website we refer to the weight of the diamond in points, that is 75 points equals .75 carats and so on.

Caring for your Diamonds
With proper care your diamond jewellery will last a lifetime. To minimise scratches and other damage store your diamond jewellery in a cloth pouch or in separate compartments in your jewellery box.  Avoid exposing your diamond jewellery to household cleaning chemicals or when swimming in chlorinated water as this can damage your diamonds and gold.
 
You should always have your diamond jewellery checked and cleaned at least once a year by a professional jeweller to make sure all claws are secure and to avoid losing any diamonds. Our retail stores offer a full diamond jewellery cleaning and repair service so just drop into any of our stores to enquire about this service.