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What kind of diamond sparkles the most?August 10, 2018 - Diamond Articles
What affects a diamond’s sparkle:
1. Diamond Cut Grade
When it comes to assessing a diamond’s characteristics you might have heard the term “the 4 C’s” used before. The 4 C’s are the universally accepted method for grading diamonds which includes cut grade, clarity grade, colour grade and carat weight. Cut grade plays a major role in determining how much a diamond will sparkle.
- What is a diamond cut grade?
Cut grade refers to the cut quality and proportions of a diamond, such as its table, width and depth, using a scale of Excellent to Poor. Keep in mind that diamond cut grades only apply for round cut diamonds, fancy cut diamonds such as hearts and emeralds, do not have official cut grades.
- Why does cut grade affect a diamond’s sparkle?
When light hits a diamond, it reflects off of the diamond’s facets (the surfaces of a diamond) which act like mirrors, allowing light to bounce within the stone. An Excellent cut diamond will nearly reflect all the light that enters the stone and create maximum sparkle. However, a Poor cut diamond will have most of its light escape from the diamond’s side or bottom.
- What diamond cut grade creates the most sparkle?
A diamond with an Excellent cut grade will have a better sparkle than similar diamonds of a lower cut grade. However, other factors will still affect the sparkle of the stone.
2. Diamond Shape
Diamonds are available in a wide range of shapes, including round, princess, pear, oval, marquise, emerald, heart etc. Each diamond shape has specific facet patterns which affects the diamond’s brilliance.
Among all diamond shapes, round cut diamonds produce the greatest sparkle as the shape was created to maximize the light entering the stone.
Other shapes that also create excellent sparkle include the oval, marquise and pear. It is important to keep in mind that these diamonds must have great cut grades to ensure that they will looking dazzling.
3. Diamond Setting
With the right setting, you can enhance how well your diamond sparkles. For example, if your diamond is held in a prong setting or Tiffany Setting, the diamond will be raised above the band, allowing more light to enter into the stone. Whereas, if your diamond is in a bezel setting, only the top of the diamond will be visible and less light will be able to enter it, thereby inhibiting the diamond to sparkle at its full potential. You can also enhance the appearance of a diamond’s overall sparkle with a diamond halo setting or pave band whose many smaller diamonds will offer their own sparkle.
How to enhance your diamond’s sparkle
Did you know that diamonds are magnets for dirt? Even innocuous substances like perfume, makeup, hair products and the oil from your fingers create build up on the diamond. When debris accumulates on your diamond, it will be harder for light to enter the stone and reflect back out which negatively affect its ability to sparkle.
To ensure that your diamond can best sparkle, it is important to clean your diamond on a regular basis. Our head gemmologist recommends cleaning your diamond once or twice a month and getting it professionally cleaned at least once a year. While there are many methods for cleaning diamond jewellery, below is a universally trusted cleaning method.
You will need:
- Bowl of warm water
- Mild dish soap
- Clean and soft tooth brush
- Soft, lint-free cloth
How to clean your diamond:
- Add a few drops of the mild dish soap to the bowl of warm water to make the cleaning solution.
- Place your diamond in the solution and let it soak for 20 minutes.
- After your diamond soaks, use a clean and soft toothbrush to gently clean it. Be sure to use a brand new toothbrush as toothpaste can damage certain metals in settings.
- Lastly, rinse your diamond with water and dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth.
How to sell your diamonds
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