There is so much more to a diamond and a diamond engagement ring than what you see on a piece of paper. You might shop around online and even in some stores and find out only what the diamond certification tells you. But what the cert doesn’t tell you is even more relevant to making an informed decision about the most important purchase you’ll ever make.
Until you’ve had a chance to see the diamond — and get an explanation of what that particular cert means — you will never understand the actual beauty of the stone. You need to get up close and personal with it, and have a professional guide your vision.
There’s more to symmetry than a number. It’s all about balance. When a professional gets a diamond under the magnification of a loupe, he can see things that a cert just can’t tell you.
All documents use words like “excellent” and “ideal,” but these unspecific, qualitative terms are kind of meaningless and can trick you into thinking something is good that isn’t.
How a diamond cutter decides to cut a stone has a lot to do with accentuating the diamond’s unique qualities, so what may seem like a detriment on paper could actually be a selling point… and what may look “excellent” on paper could be sleight of hand.
Sometimes, to get the most out of a diamond, a cutter needs to allow symmetrical irregularities. The cutter may do this to maximize:
- Yield — the weight of a diamond
- Performance — the beauty of a diamond
While many first-time buyers concentrate on yield, performance is very important in real life. The way the light moves through a diamond is what really crowns your loved one’s hand with brilliance.
This “C” is not just a number on paper. You have to see a diamond to really appreciate what the classification means. Some flaws are ok. An experienced professional can use a loupe to explain why a diamond’s flaws enhance or detract from a particular stone.
Not all flaws are a detriment to the durability of your diamond. The loupe shows this, but don’t expect that by looking with a loupe you’ll see it all on the first try. More than likely the diamond will simply look like a kaleidoscope.
The naked eye
When you buy a diamond, you have to trust your eyes and trust your guide — the professional who can really explain what it is you’re seeing. You should look beyond what the loupe reveals and see what you see in real life, without magnification.
All jewelry stores have great lighting, designed to bring out the beauty of the products, but you’ll want to look at the diamond in every type of light. Walk around the store with it. Take it into the shadows, under the flourescents, and, if allowed, out into the sunlight.
That is how you really get to see a diamond in action. Don’t make your purchase without getting a feel for its genuine performance. After all, your true love will rarely be wearing the ring in ideal lighting conditions. Your careful examination of this diamond will help you decide whether to present it to her for the first time in candle light, sunlight, or starlight.