Is a natural diamond or a lab-created diamond better?
Natural and lab-created diamonds
are virtually the same when it comes to their optical, physical, and chemical properties. The only differences are how long they took to form and their origin. A natural diamond is formed by the pressure of the Earth over billions of years and a lab-created diamond is grown in a controlled lab setting in as little as a few weeks. Since natural diamonds—especially ones with little to no flaws—are rarer, they are also more expensive. There is no “better” choice between the two, only the one that makes sense for your priorities and budget.
How much do diamonds cost?
The cost of a diamond varies widely depending on the quality and size of the stone. The 4Cs (cut, clarity, colour, carat) are used to evaluate each diamond and each plays a major role in determining the cost of a diamond. By navigating the 4Cs and how they relate to each other, an experienced jeweller can help you find the best diamond for your budget.
What size diamond should I buy?
The right diamond size for you will depend on your budget. Carat measures the weight of a diamond, and in general, the larger the carat, the higher the cost, although the other 3Cs will play a role. The dimensions of a diamond depend on the cut and shape you go with. If you want a diamond that appears larger, consider an emerald
What is an eye-clean diamond?
An eye-clean diamond describes a diamond that appears flawless to the naked eye. While there may be inclusions or flaws when the diamond is examined under a microscope, to you, the diamond appears flawless. According to the GIA, diamonds rated as FL, IF, VVS and VS are considered eye clean.
What is the difference between diamond cut and shape?
The cut is one of the 4Cs and refers to how the diamond sparkles. A quality cut has the power to hide flaws and increase brilliance and fire. While a jeweller will aim for certain standards to get an ideal cut, they’ll usually have to adjust based on the stone’s unique features. The shape of a diamond refers to the outline of a diamond and won’t affect the diamond grade.