The word carat causes lots heartburn for men and women. When you first get engaged one of the first questions or comments you will receive is regarding the size of your rock. As women we tend to think bigger is better, but we don’t want to go too large and become a point of gossip. It’s a fine line to walk when you are helping your honey find the right ring. Before you tell your man to go big or go home, lets chat.
Some people want the largest diamond possible. While size does matter keep in mind a one carat is well above average and a two carat HUGE! Before you make any decisions on size keep in mind trying the ring on for size is important. There is no substitute for putting different carat weights on and seeing them on your hand. The biggest take way is a smaller stone with higher clarity and cut will out sparkle any larger diamond of a poorer quality. If size is a priority, we at Marelli's Estate Jewelry and Coin can help you classify the proper cut, color and clarity to fit your budget economically, and fit your jewelry beautifully.
Do you know what the cut of diamond is? Of course it is the shape such as princess or round…right? No actually that is known as shape, not cut. The true definition of cut is the quality of the proportions and symmetry of the diamond. Your diamond's proportions make a vast difference on how brightly your diamond shines. An 'ideal cut' diamond is one that allows the maximum amount of light to return through the top of the diamond, which takes into consideration the depth, table size, crown height and angle, girdle thickness and more. Our diamond professionals will be happy to assist you in selecting the best diamond cut.
Now that we know the cut is not actually the shape of the diamond, lets talk about the shape you wants. Remember that your ring needs to be the shape you want to wear everyday. It is not the shape that you think is the most unique or fancy that matters. For more specifics on shape, click here.
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Ladies the color really does matter. The color scale starts at D and drops all the way to Z. D and F’s are the highest grade you can get. Although they are the best your honey will be paying for a color difference the untrained eye will never notice. The most popular and best value diamonds are in the G, H, I, or J in color range. Diamonds in this range are referred to as Near Colorless and they are stunning. Keep in mind that diamonds are graded from D to Z and range from colorless to yellow, blue, and even red diamonds. The less color, the rarer the diamond and the more expensive the diamond.
Diamond clarity affects transparency and brilliance which you, your friends, and your mother will all notice. To help you understand what each clarity level means in the real world, we have transformed the clarity scale into the “women hair coloring scale of clarity.
F - IF: (Flawless- Internally Flawless) This is the friend who has naturally perfectly colored hair, that is thick, has body, and styles in two seconds. We all wish we could have it so good, but it is not worth the money. This clarity is going to be perfect, but you pay for perfection.
VVS1 - VVS2: (Very, Very Slightly Included) The friend who announces she colored her hair, but you cant tell. At this clarity you won’t be able to see the inclusions without a microscope.
VSI: (Very Slightly Included) After spending a week in the tropics you notice your looking at photos and you notice your hair is lighter and giving that sun kissed look. At this clarity you cannot see the inclusions without the help of a magnifying glass.
SI1: (Slight Inclusions) You decide that you are ready for a slight change and highlight your hair. You leave the salon with pencil thin highlights that look totally natural. At this clarity the inclusions are noticeable to a skilled eye only.
SI2: (Slight Inclusions) You decide that you are ready to jump in and Ombre your hair. You leave the salon and there is no question that you have made a change. At this clarity the inclusions are noticeable to the naked eye.
I1: (Included) You naturally are a brunette that loves to be blond until it is time to get your roots done. At this clarity, similarly to your grow out, people are likely to notice unless you ware your hair just right.
I2: (Included) You have been a life long blond who is needing a big change. You turn up at happy hour sporting your new brown hair and no one is going to miss the transformation. At this clarity you are going to notice all the inclusions.
I3: (Included) You went hog wild and decided you wanted pink hair. Everyone in the world is going to notice your hair. At this clarity you will notice all the inclusions do not waste your money.
All hair references aside, Diamonds are graded according to how clear they are—the clearer, the better. All diamonds have certain identifying characteristics, or inclusions. These are like a diamond’s fingerprints. Just like fingerprints no two diamonds are alike. Although some inclusions make your diamond distinguished, in the case of diamonds more is not always better. More inclusions equals more money in your pocket, but there is a tipping point when you lose brilliance.
*All diamonds are viewed through a 10x magnification lens by diamond graders.
All the Nuts and Bolts to avoid being too high maintenance.
Remember these four things when you are telling your man what you want. 1. What clarity should I get? SI1–I1 is most popular. These diamonds look amazing and save you a bundle. If he can afford a diamond with fewer inclusions, great. But nobody will know the difference.
2. Do I need colorless? G–J is nearly colorless, and just as sparkly. This is a great way to save for the wedding of your dreams.
3. How BIG should I go? It is up to you, but bigger is not always better. In our experience, a 1-carat diamond with perfectly cut facets can look just as good as a 2-carat diamond that just sits there. Come try things on and see what they look like on your hand.
4. How do I deal with all the praise? When your man gets you the perfect ring and all your friends start asking him for advice remember to thank the Marelli’s.