What is meant by the colour, clarity and cut of a diamond?

  • What is meant by diamond colour when talking about colourless diamonds?
  • What are so called diamond impurities?
  • Which cut grade should I opt for when I buy diamonds?
  • Which combination offers me the best quality?

When you want to purchase diamonds, there are several elements that can strongly influence your choice. Especially colour, clarity and cut are high on this list. How can I determine a diamond’s value? Who can help me make the right choice? At BAUNAT, you choose the best possible quality for the best possible price.

What is meant by diamond colour when talking about colourless diamonds?

Even with colourless diamonds, colour plays an important role. Lowly graded colours have a noticeable yellowish tinge, while highly graded colours often have a less than ideal price/quality ratio because of their rarity. BAUNAT offers higher quality diamonds upon request, but standardly, our jewellery is set with G and H coloured diamonds. G is the highest almost-colourless grade. The very faint colour may be visible to the naked eye when compared with a higher graded diamond, but is unnoticeable when set in a jewel.

With H, the colour is somewhat visible to the naked eye, but also unnoticeable if incorporated in a jewel. This diamond looks beautiful in combination with platinum or 18 karat gold.

What are so called diamond impurities?

During the formation of diamonds, small birth marks can appear. When these are internal, we call them impurities. When they are external, on the other hand, we call them blemishes. BAUNAT chooses to work with clarity grades VS2 and SI1. Lower graded diamonds have visible imperfections, whereas higher graded diamonds are again too rare for an optimal price/quality ratio. As mentioned before, it is possible to order diamonds with a higher clarity grade on demand.

VS2 contains inclusions that are not visible to the naked eye. With SI1 it is possible that the inclusions are slightly visible to the naked eye, but only in excellent conditions.

Which cut grade should I opt for when I buy diamonds?

When you buy diamonds, cut grade is very important. It is the underlying factor in the brilliance and fire of a diamond. The cut grade refers to a diamond’s proportions, symmetry and polish and is the only human factor in the mix. If a diamond is too deep or too shallow, light will escape through the sides and bottom of the diamond, whereas a well cut diamond will reflect all the light through its crown.

The Very Good Cut used by BAUNAT constitutes approximately 15% of the globally offered diamond quality based on cut. It reflects almost as much light as the ideal cut, but for a more moderate price.

Which combination offers me the best quality?

For the best price/quality ratio, BAUNAT offers 2 combinations that guarantee a diamond with a beautiful white colour and high clarity grade. Moreover, all of our diamonds have an extraordinary brilliance because of their optimal cut quality. The combination G-VS2 will sparkle a little more brightly than H-SI1, as there is a slight difference in colour and clarity. This difference is only discernible when the diamonds are compared side by side.

Which other factors are important when you buy diamonds? How can I buy the perfect diamond? Ask the BAUNAT diamond experts for advice in order to make the perfect choice.

Jewellery in the spotlight

  • 1.55 carat diamond halo earrings in white gold From USD 4.390 (excl. VAT)
  • 0.50 carat solitaire ring (half set) in yellow gold with side diamonds From USD 3.310 (excl. VAT)
  • 1.00 carat solitaire diamond ring in white gold From USD 2.030 (excl. VAT)
  • 1.00 carat classic diamond earrings in white gold with six prongs From USD 670 (excl. VAT)
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