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Engagement Rings for the Rich and Famous

By 10.02 September 20th, 2018 No Comments

The rich and famous certainly have it good when it comes to designing and affording amazing engagement rings. They continue to blaze the trail in setting very inspiring trends. This is certainly where size does matter and it seems that there is a definite element of competition amongst celebrities as to who has the largest stones, most intense sparkle and most original designs.

2017 sees a great variety in desirable shapes and sizes. Most notable is Serena William’s beautiful emerald cut diamond engagement ring which is estimated to be worth $2,000,000. It appears to be a 12-carat stone set in a platinum setting, is absolutely stunning and very fitting for such a talented ambassador for women’s tennis.

There were some head-turning engagement rings gracing red carpets and elite events globally, including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s gorgeous 5-carat ring worth an estimated $350,000, Margot Robbie’s stunning pink diamond surrounded by a diamond halo setting and Pippa Middleton’s gorgeous art deco engagement ring in which the centre diamond appears to be a 4-carat Asscher cut diamond. Due to the nature of these step-cut stones, the quality is paramount, so the stone requires the highest of clarity gradings. A flawless Asscher diamond set in an octagonal halo ring such as hers would fetch upwards of £200,000. Lucky lady!

Clarity

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Carat

The international unit of weight, used for measuring diamonds and gemstones. 1 carat is equal to 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams.

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Clarity

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Cut

Nothing is more impactful on a precious stone’s brilliance than its cut. The cut refers to the angles and proportions of a diamond. Known in the industry as ‘fire’, referring to the coloured light reflected, and ‘brilliance’ for the uncoloured light. The cut of a diamond – its form and finish, its depth and width, the uniformity of the facets – determines its beauty. The skill with which a diamond is cut determines how well it reflects and refracts light. A diamond should be cut proportionally, neither very shallow not very deep, given its dimensions. A diamond’s cut is its most important characteristics and a measure of its apparent beauty.

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Certificate

A diamond certificate or grading report provides an expert opinion on the quality of the diamond and is provided by an independent gemology lab. Trained gemologists with specialized equipment measure the weight and dimensions of the diamond and assess quality characteristics such as cut, color, and clarity. Brilliant Earth diamonds are certified by the world’s leading gem grading labs including GIA, IGI, and GCAL.

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Depth

The height of a diamond, from the culet to the table referred as a Depth of the diamond . Depth % is the height of the diamond as a percentage of the girdle diameter.

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Table

Table referred as the largest facet of a gemstone, located at the top. Table % is the table width as a percentage of the girdle diameter.

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Polish

Polish refers to the smoothness of the exterior of a diamond. Polish is graded from Ideal, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, or Poor. Polish grades of Good or higher have the least effect on the brilliance of the diamond and recommended by us for the finest quality jewelry.

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Symmetry

Symmetry refers to the angles to which the facets are aligned. Basically exactness of the shape of a diamond, and the symmetrical arrangement and even placement of the facets. If facets are misaligned, the diamond may poorly reflect light. Symmetry is graded from Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, or Poor. We recommends diamonds with Good or higher symmetry grades.

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Fluorescence

Describes the diamond’s response to ultraviolet light. In diamonds with strong or very strong fluorescence, there may be some interference with the flow of light which causes a milky or oily appearance. Canadian diamonds almost always have none to slight fluorescence.

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Measurements

Diamonds with “fancy” shapes are measured according to their length, width and depth. These diamonds will have a longer axis (the biggest measurement) and a shorter one that represents their width. The depth indicates the measurement of the diamond from the bottom to the top. The relative proportions of a diamond ultimately affect its quality and value.

Round-shaped diamonds are never perfectly round even though they may seem to be that way when you look at them. There is a tiny variation between maximum and minimum diameter, so dimensions are reflected as measurements of maximum diameter, minimum diameter and depth.

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