The name ‘carob’ became ‘carat’.

What makes up the value of a diamond? The quality and therefore the value of a diamond are evaluated using 4 criteria – carat, clarity, color and cut.

The weight of a diamond is fixed and precise, and the bigger the stone, the greater the rarity and therefore the higher the price per carat. A one carat diamond is one in a million diamonds.

The other 3 criteria are much more subjective –

Flaws and imperfections within the diamond will reduce the value. The very best is internally flawless.

To the untrained observer most diamonds will appear to have no tint color, but most are slightly colored and are evaluated on a scale from pure white to colors of the rainbow. Pure white is rare but fancy colors are extremely rare. The highest price paid per carat at auction for a diamond is US$1 million for a 0.95 carat red diamond.

The cut of a diamond is the final key to setting the value. The finest and most exacting cutting and polishing will maximize the diamond’s fire and luster.

A fancy shape such as a pear shape will also increase the value. The most ever paid for a pear-shaped diamond of 42 carats is US$7.5 million.

Value is very much expressed through rarity – If you were to gather all the diamonds ever polished since the beginning of time, they would only fill one double-decker bus.

What is the powerful magic and mystery of the diamond? The magic and mystery of diamonds has fascinated and intrigued mankind for centuries.

No tool could cut them and no fire could burn them which led many to believe that diamonds had unique supernatural powers.

To the Greeks they were the tears of the God, while Romans believed they were shards from the stars. For the Indians they were good-luck charms warding off illness, thieves and forces of evil. To others they were stones that would heal and bestow knowledge.

Diamonds became eagerly sought after by the world’s most wealthy and powerful people. In fact it was a common belief among Kings that wearing a diamond into battle would magically protect the wearer. It was not uncommon to see royal armories’ glittering with diamond-embellished weapons.

Where does the custom of the engagement ring come from? The custom of wearing a diamond on the fourth finger of the left hand comes from the ancient Egyptians, who believed that the vena amoris (vein of love) runs directly from this finger to the heart.

The romantic tradition of giving a diamond ring as a token of love and commitment began in the 15th century

Today this tradition continues with passion and absolute importance. Every year throughout the world there are now hundreds of thousands of diamond engagement and anniversary rings gifted with love.

It is now a unique symbol of commitment, woven into our way of life.

Why are diamonds the eternal symbol of love? No other gem expresses human emotion more powerfully than a diamond. Earth-grown, rare, precious, magical and indestructible. These essential qualities have made diamonds the perfect symbol for true love and romance.

What does the diamond that you choose say about you? All diamonds are mystical, magical, symbolic and brilliant. The most popular choice, by far, is the round brilliant.

But the shape that you do choose is a true reflection of you. Here is a guide to what your diamond choice says about you.

The round brilliant diamond understated and classic The oval diamond influenced by opinion The marquise diamond adventurous The heart diamond real romantic The emerald-cut diamond loves vintage The pear diamond creative The princess trendy and fashion-conscious

Identify some looks that you like and then go to a reputable jeweller to discuss your ideas.

Finally, it helps if you have some basic knowledge of what makes up the value of a diamond.

The quality and therefore the value of every diamond is evaluated using 4 criteria – carat, clarity, color and cut.

The weight of the diamond is fixed and precise, and the bigger the stone, the greater the rarity and therefore the higher the price per carat. The other 3 criteria are much more subjective. Flaws and imperfections within the diamond will reduce the value. The very best are internally flawless.

To the untrained observer most diamonds will appear to have no tint color, but most are slightly colored and are evaluated on a scale from pure white to colors of the rainbow. Pure white is rare but fancy colors are extremely rare. The highest price paid per carat at auction for a diamond is US$1 million for a 0.95 carat red diamond.

The cut of a diamond is the final key to setting the value. The finest and most exacting cutting and polishing will maximize the diamond’s fire and luster.

Value of the diamonds is very much expressed through rarity

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