We all love diamonds. They burn with an inner sparkle and convey a sense of mystery. Putting on a pair of diamond earrings, or any other piece of diamond jewellery for that matter, makes you feel different. Invincible. Strong. Fitting feelings, seeing that diamonds are the hardest natural substance on earth.
Because diamonds are so rare and unique, it is inevitable that they will be subjected to rumours. (They are like the most popular girl in school, making those around her wonder how she got to be so perfect and beautiful.)
Broken down to basic facts, it is easy to understand diamonds. They sparkle because of their density (did you know they break the speed of light by more than half?) Everybody knows about the “Four C’s, but that is not all you need to know. Of all the factors, the last C which stands for Cut, is the most important. Mother Nature gave us the Carat weight, the Colour and the Clarity. The diamond cutter gives us the Cut. A diamond needs to be cut and polished according to strict parameters in order for it to sparkle.
After the cutting process, the diamond must be graded by an internationally recognized diamond grading laboratory. Not only does it then get a certificate, but also a grading on the cut. It can be classified as Excellent, Very Good, Good or Poor. A diamond that is not Excellent or Very Good on the cut grade will not sparkle is not worth buying. It is worth less than a diamond that is perfectly cut and polished.
So, before you invest in a diamond, make sure that it has the correct documentation.