I love jewellery. This was apparent in my latest adventure to Melbourne where I mapped out my day by visiting two of the most beautiful jewellery stores Tiffany and Co and Hardy Brothers and admiring (secretly wishing I could buy) their collections.
This also had me thinking that when we are planning for a wedding we tend to think of the reception, flowers, the dress and the honeymoon. But we forget that the planning properly happened months ago when your partner went shopping for the engagement ring.
If you are reading this and you are engaged, ask your partner on how they choose your engagement ring. It can make for a great story.
If you are in the process of looking for an engagement ring, I have found some great charts (scroll below) to help you choose the right diamond courtesy of All about Diamond Buying.
Interesting fact: Did you know that, Ancient Greeks heralded diamonds as tears from the gods and Early Romans believed diamonds were splinters from falling stars
Tiffany and Co.
With 2 levels to browse, it can seem quite overwhelming, however attention to detail and customer service is a Tiffany and Co trademark. Even though I was just browsing, the staff there were amazing.
My favourite, the Tiffany Legacy ring is a piece of art and would make any girl go weak at the knees. I had the honour of trying on this one and it is truly breathtaking. Featuring a patented cushion-cut Tiffany diamond and then surrounded by bead-set diamonds that evokes the glamour of the Edwardian period.
Timeless and elegant are the pieces. The store has a feel of luxury and all the trimmings. As soon as I walked in, I was offered a beverage – coffee, tea, water or champagne. Now that is service.
This 18ct Dress ring was one of the highlights in the store. It looked stunning. With Chantilly Lace in 18ct rose gold and combined with diamonds, it would complement any outfit.
When choosing a diamond understanding the 4 C’s is important. Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat. I found this information from The Diamond Guild of Australia.
Of all the 4 C’s, cut has the greatest effect on a diamond’s beauty. Two diamonds of the same size, colour and clarity will look vastly different to the eye if cut differently – one may look brilliant and bright, the other dull and drab. The better quality the cut the more brilliance and beauty the diamond will have.
A truly colourless diamond is extremely rare. Most diamonds possess varying degrees of colour creating substantial differences in value. The highest grade for a diamond with absolutely no colour is D and letter grades are assigned alphabetically all the way to Z. An ‘icy white’ diamond is typically D, E or F. However, some people like the ‘warmth’ of a I, J or K colour.
Diamond clarity is symbolic of ‘purity’ – the more flaws, the less valuable the diamond. Flawless, VVS (Very Very Slight), VS (Very slight) and SI1 (Slight Inclusion 1) have the least ‘inclusions’ or flaws. SI2 (Slight inclusion 2) is borderline where inclusions become visible to the naked eye. I (Inclusion) rated diamonds have obvious inclusions or flaws.
Diamond carat is the standard used to measure diamond weight. A carat equals 1/5 of a gram. As diamonds increase in size, their cost tends to increase exponentially. Weight does not always enhance the value of a diamond – particularly if it is cut badly. Indeed a good cut can enhance the perceived size of a diamond.