"There is no other consumer product that is more carefully graded than a diamond."
To ensure that you get the quality of diamond that you desire, it is essential that you know exactly how they are graded and described. There are four areas in which a diamond is graded, which are collectively known as the ‘4Cs': cut, clarity, colour and carat.
A diamond's cut determines how much light is reflected internally from one facet to another. The light explodes through the top of the stone and gives the characteristic brilliance, fire and scintillation for which diamonds are renowned. The most captivating diamonds, which inspire our senses and famously addict us, are those that are cut to maximise light reflection.
Veale Fine Jewellery offers a range of cuts, in different shapes. Working with you and your budget, James will find the perfect stone to fulfil your desires.
A diamond's colour is measured by the degree to which the diamond approaches colourless. Colourless, or white, diamonds are rarer and more expensive than those with a hint of colour. The most colourless diamonds are graded D, E and F, and most diamonds are graded G - L. If a diamond is graded beyond M, you will notice a tint of colour.
Veale Fine Jewellery works with diamonds of Grade H or above, recognising the importance a crisp, colourless stone, but also appreciating the subtle differences between the brightness of freshly laid snow and the calming shade of a white rose.
A diamond's clarity is measured by how easy it is to see through it, based on blemishes on the surface and inclusions disrupting its internal integrity. Flawless diamonds, graded as FL, have the highest degree of clarity and command the highest prices. At slightly lower grades, inclusions will not interrupt the transparency of the stone to the naked eye; they are simply the diamond's fingerprint.
James Veale works with diamond of Si1 (slightly included 1) clarity and above. These grades are all uninterrupted by blemishes or inclusions to the naked eye.
A diamond's size is measured in carat weight. One carat is 0.2g. It is important to remember that while weight is essential, two diamonds of equal weight can be of differing values depending on how well they are cut, their colour and their clarity. When all the 4Cs are at their best, a larger diamond will enhance all the diamond’s delightful characteristics.
James Veale works with a range of carat weights and often uses different sized stones within the same ring to create maximum effect and outstanding charm.
James is a Gem-a certified diamond grader and is happy to give you advice on the best diamonds to buy for your ring.
Alternatively, for more information on the grading of diamonds, see the Gemological Institute of America's (GIA) website