Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Four CS(4 cs) of Diamond?

Colour

What are the various colours of a diamond or how can i identify the colour of a diamond? The first C

Diamond Color is graded in terms of how white or colorless a diamond is. The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) grades diamonds from D to Z, with D being the most colorless, and Z containing noticeable brown or yellow tint. The pricing of diamonds usually reflects these grades—sometimes significantly. In most cases, the naked eye cannot tell the difference between two adjacent color graded diamonds, though the price difference may be significant. The most critical aspect with Color is to determine if it appears colorless in relation to its setting. You also want to be certain that a diamond is clear of any tinting that takes away or interferes with white and colored light reflections. The K Color in this Cushion Cut Diamond, for example, distracts from the sparkle of the diamond while this I Color Diamond is radiant. Brilliance, or sparkle, is created from the way the diamond is cut. It is not advantageous to purchase a diamond that distracts from this important principal characteristic. As a general recommendation, review each diamond closely and ask for the assistance of an expert. This is the best way to ensure you’re not paying for a feature (i.e. too high of Color grade) that will go unnoticed, or purchasing a diamond that distracts or interferes with light reflection. Note: Certain colored diamonds are valued stones, like a fancy pink or green diamond. Color grades for these diamonds are distinctly different than traditional “white” diamonds.

Clarity

What is the CLARITY of diamond? The second C

Most diamonds will contain inclusions, flaws which are known as nature's 'birthmarks' or 'fingerprints'. Diamonds are rarely perfect, but the fewer inclusions, the more valuable the diamond will be. Most inclusions can't be seen by the naked eye meaning that they will not necessarily affect the beauty of your engagement ring however the clarity of the diamond is worth considering.Also Depending on the size, location and darkness of blemishes and inclusions, these imperfections can interfere with light as it passes through the diamond. When this happens, the brilliance and beauty of the diamond is dulled, taking away from the high quality Cut. For Clarity, our primary recommendation is to ensure the diamond is eye clean, and that inclusions are not interfering with light reflection.

Carat Weight

What is meant by a Carat Weight? The third and last C

Often when people hear the term “Carat Weight,” they think it refers to the size of the diamond. In actuality, Carat refers to the weight of the diamond, not how large the stone is. A 1 Carat Diamond equals 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams—and weighs about the same as a quarter of a raisin. Depending on the Diamond’s Shape and how it is cut, two 1 Carat Diamonds might be quite different in size. While Carat weight is an element to consider when buying a diamond, the overall appearance and brilliance should carry more importance. For example, a mediocre 1.5 Carat diamond will not shine as brightly—or draw as much attention—as a stunning 1.0 Carat diamond, no matter how much more it weighs.

Cut

What is a diamond CUT?The fourth C

Diamond Cut specifically refers to the quality of a diamond’s angles, proportions, symmetrical facets, brilliance, fire, scintillation and finishing details. These factors directly impact a diamond’s ability to sparkle, along with its overall aesthetic appeal. A well cut diamond will sparkle and glisten. To find the perfect engagement ring, study the diamonds brilliance and beauty and spend some time choosing the right one for you. Cut can sometimes refer to the shape of the diamond and there are many shapes available: ROUND BRILLIANT CUT DIAMONDS The round brilliant cut diamond is a true classic and the most popular diamond shape there is. It suits any setting and ring style and is completely timeless. PRINCESS CUT DIAMOND A princess cut diamond is a square shape with a brilliant cut; it gives a fresh modern look and is one of the most popular diamond cuts. CUSHION CUT DIAMOND This is a hugely popular choice with the celebrities. It is a rounded square or rounded rectangular shape, which highlights the diamonds brilliance. This shape will often make use of big or fancy coloured diamonds. MARQUISE CUT DIAMOND A marquise diamond cut will maximise the carat weight and give a much larger looking diamond. HEART CUT DIAMOND A heart shaped diamond is a romantic choice and suits an engagement rings purpose of an expression of love. Emerald cut diamond EMERALD CUT DIAMOND The emerald cut is another very popular choice. The shape is rectangular but can vary in length to width ratio. It is the special 'step-like' cut which highlights the diamonds clarity. OVAL CUT DIAMOND Oval shaped diamonds can vary in length to width ratio. As one of the less commonly seen shapes in engagement rings it offers a unique style. PEAR CUT DIAMOND Pear shaped diamonds will elongate the fingers and make them look slimmer.

WHAT'S THE BEST METAL FOR MY ENGAGEMENT RING?

Gold

WHY CHOOSE A YELLOW GOLD ENGAGEMENT RING?

At one time the most common option, yellow gold engagement rings offer a classic look that's suitable for any occasion. A gold band looks perfect with a diamond, but is also versatile enough to carry a more colourful stone such as a ruby or an emerald.

WHY CHOOSE A WHITE GOLD ENGAGEMENT RING?

White gold is the modern day favourite when it comes to engagement ring metals. White gold engagement rings look great when paired with wedding rings of the same metal, or can be worn with other gold colours for a bolder fashion statement.

WHY CHOOSE A ROSE GOLD ENGAGEMENT RINGS?

The rose gold renaissance of the last few years has extended to the engagement ring. Offering a modern look, rose gold engagement rings can be worn with similar jewellery or mixed with other metals. As well as diamonds, modern stone choices like morganite also look amazing with a rose gold ring.

Platinum

WHY CHOOSE A PLATINUM ENGAGEMENT RING?

A more robust and durable option than gold, platinum engagement rings have also seen a rise in popularity in recent times. This white metal offers a timeless and contemporary look, and its natural strength means that any diamonds or stones are kept safe in their setting. If you're after a metal that will retain its shine for years to come, platinum is your best bet as it never dulls or tarnishes.

SILVER

WHY CHOOSE A SILVER ENGAGEMENT RING?

For a more affordable option, silver engagement rings offer style at a fraction of the price. If you're on a budget, a silver engagement ring may be an option. However, silver is a much softer metal than gold or platinum, so you may wish to go for something more durable to withstand the rigours of everyday wear.

MIXED METAL

WHY CHOOSE A MIXED METAL ENGAGEMENT RING?

If you're looking for something a little more unique, you could consider a mixed metal option such as a two colour gold engagement ring. These come in a range of stunning designs, with a combination of different gold components. Choose from white gold with yellow gold, or white gold complemented by rose gold detailing.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ENGAGEMENT RING STYLES?

SOLITAIRE

WHY CHOOSE A SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING?

The most popular choice, a solitaire engagement ring consists of a slim band with a single centre stone. A diamond solitaire engagement ring is a classic style that never dates.

HALO

WHY CHOOSE A HALO ENGAGEMENT RING?

Halo engagement rings feature a centre stone surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds, creating an indulgent and contemporary look

CLUSTER

WHY CHOOSE A CLUSTER ENGAGEMENT RING?

A cluster engagement ring features a collection of numerous diamonds which can craft a lavish and striking look.

TRILOGY OR THREE-STONE

WHY CHOOSE A TRILOGY OR THREE-STONE ENGAGEMENT RING?

Engagement rings with three stones, sometimes known as trilogy engagement rings, carry a triple meaning; each stone represents past, present and future.

SIDE STONE

WHY CHOOSE A SIDE STONE ENGAGEMENT RING?

Side stone engagement rings feature a main centre stone, with smaller stones either side, adding extra sparkle to the simple yet elegant solitaire.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE BEST ENGAGEMENT RING STONE STYLES?

DIAMOND

WHY CHOOSE A DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING?

By far the most popular choice, the diamond engagement ring is a timeless classic.

SAPPHIRE

WHY CHOOSE A SAPPHIRE ENGAGEMENT RING?

For those who prefer a splash of colour, a beautiful blue sapphire engagement ring is a wonderful way to make a statement. The stone is thought to represent faithfulness and sincerity.

MORGANITE

WHY CHOOSE A MORGANITE ENGAGEMENT RING?

Morganite engagement rings have exploded in popularity in recent years as a diamond alternative. The pale pink stone makes for a wonderful engagement ring, especially when paired with a rose gold band.

AQUAMARINE

WHY CHOOSE AN AQUAMARINE ENGAGEMENT?

The pale blue hue of aquamarine is another popular choice, offering a subtler alternative to the boldness of sapphire

TOPAZ

WHY CHOOSE A TOPAZ ENGAGEMENT RING?

Whether complemented by traditional diamonds or left to sparkle alone, a topaz engagement ring is another brilliant blue stone that adds interest.

RUBY

WHY CHOOSE A RUBY ENGAGEMENT RING?

A regal red is a sure sign of love, and ruby engagement rings are a stunning way to show it. Beautiful when combined with yellow or white gold, a ruby is an eye-catching stone that also represents energy and passion.

EMERALD

WHY CHOOSE A EMERALD ENGAGEMENT RING?

Emerald is another sought-after option for modern day engagement rings. The bold green stone is thought to represent successful love, making it a perfect token of appreciation when it comes to popping the question.

EMERALD

WHY CHOOSE A EMERALD ENGAGEMENT RING?

Emerald is another sought-after option for modern day engagement rings. The bold green stone is thought to represent successful love, making it a perfect token of appreciation when it comes to popping the question.

AMETHYST

WHY CHOOSE A AMETHYST ENGAGEMENT RING?

Amethyst is said to symbolise purity and spirituality, and has grown in popularity as an engagement ring stone over the last few years. Its distinctive purple colour makes it a standout option for a magical proposal.

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OTHER UNCOMMON ENGAGEMENT RING STONES

If you want something truly rare, there are engagement rings available with just about any precious and semi-precious stone you can think of, including: Agate Amber Citrine Garnet Opal Quartz Tanzanite

GET THE PERFECT FIT WITH A BRIDAL SET

If you want to ensure that two of the most important pieces of jewellery she will ever own sit perfectly together, then a beautiful bridal set would make a great choice.

In recent years bridal sets have been steadily growing in popularity, with many brides choosing to have a perfectly matching engagement ring and wedding band. At Stbenjewellery, we have an extensive bridal set collection with different styles and diamond cuts which effortlessly complement each other.

 

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