It’s important to learn about diamonds before purchasing one. Diamonds are complex with many factors affecting the overall beauty of the diamond. At Audrey’s, we go beyond the traditional FOUR C’s ( Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat Weight) and educate our customer about diamonds in details to help them make a better decision.
While Round brilliant being the most popular shape, diamonds comes in various shapes such as Pear, Marquise, Oval, Princess , Cushion, Radiant, Asscher Heart, Emerald cut and Trillion .
Clarity is the state of the diamond being clear or transparent. Diamond clarity is the presence or absence of characteristics called inclusions in the diamond. Diamond clarity is graded from FL ( Flawless) To I3 ( Imperfect) by GIA laboratory where Flawless being the best clarity.
Eye Clean (Audrey’s Grading)
What is eyeclean and why is it so important?
Eye Cleandiamonds are diamonds where the inclusions are not visible to the naked eye. Generally , diamonds with a clarity grading of SI1-I3 tend to be “Not Eye Clean” where inclusions are visible by you naked eyes. Avoid purchasing diamonds thatare “Not Eye Clean” as the flaws are visible to the naked eye affecting the beauty of the diamond.
|Image of an Eye Clean Diamond ( 1.01 carats , G Color, VS 2)||Image of a Not Eye Clean Diamond ( 1.04 carats , H Color , I1)|
The Color of a diamond actually refers to the lack of color in a diamond with perfectly colorless diamonds considered the highest quality with the highest value.
What is Florescence?
Florescence is a characteristic that makes some diamonds appear to change color or glow when they are exposed to the ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light can come in the form of either sunlight or by fluorescent lightbulbs. This change in color is completely different than the actual diamond. (Refer to image below)
(Illustraltion of diamond Fluorescence under UV Light ,
1. Very Strong Fluorescence , 2 Strong Fluorescence ,3 Medium Fluorescence, 4. Faint Fluorescence, 5. No Fluorescence)
Pros and Cons in a nutshell.
Pros – Florescence tend to make the diamond look one color grade whiter than its original color. For example. a H color GIA cerfified diamond with Medium Florescence will look like a “G” color diamond
Cons – Florescence is projected different in every diamond. It may affect the brilliance and sparkle of the diamond making it look dull and milky. (Image below)
At Audrey’s, we believe in transparency and we provide detailed accurate information to our customers with actual diamond images, videos ( if available), eye clean status and the degree of brilliancy of the diamond making online purchasing a hassle free experience.