Sale no: 176343
Catalogue and Bidding available from 30/04/2010 5.00 PM AEST
The reasons for buying a diamond are as diverse as the people who desire them.
The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance. There is no single measurement of a diamond that defines its cut, but rather a collection of measurements and observations that determine the relationship between a diamonds light performance, dimensions and finish. Most gemologists consider cut the most important diamond characteristic because even if a diamond has perfect color and clarity, a diamond with a poor cut will have dulled brilliance. The width and depth can have an effect on how light travels within the diamond, and how it exits in the form of brilliance.
Clarity: Diamonds were formed millions of years ago, deep within the earth under enormous heat and pressure.Consequently, most diamonds contain tiny marks, known as inclusions, which make each stone unique. The inclusions don’t necessarily weaken the stone and when they don’t interfere with the passage of light they do not affect its beauty. The fewer and smaller the inclusions, the more valuable a diamond will be.
Colour: Most gem diamonds seen alone appear white, but most have a hint of colour, mainly yellow. Diamonds with no trace of colour at all are extremely rare and the closer they are to no colour,the more rare and valuable they will be. Also rare are diamonds with a strong pure colour that are called “fancies” and which are very valuable. The Argyle Mine in Australia, which is the world’s biggest diamond mine, produces the rare pink diamonds as well as beautiful cognac and champagne coloured diamonds.
Acting as a prism, a diamond can divide light into a spectrum of colors and reflect this light as colorful flashes called fire. Just as when looking through colored glass, color in a diamond will act as a filter, and will diminish the spectrum of color emitted. The less color in a diamond, the more colorful the fire, and the better the color grade.
The size of a diamond has the biggest impact on its price. The metric carat, which equals 0.20 gram, is the standard unit of weight for diamonds and most other gems. If other factors are equal, the more a stone weighs, the more valuable it will be. Gemological laboratories measure carat weight when the diamond is loose (unmounted). While it is possible to estimate the weight of a mounted diamond, the lab uses ultrasensitive scales to achieve an exact weight, measured 3 decimal places, although the third decimal place is not usually mentioned at the retail level.
Here are several ways to express 1 carat: 1 ct. 200 milligrams 1/5 gram 100 points
When diamonds are mined, large gems are discovered much less frequently than small ones, which makes large diamonds much more valuable. In fact, diamond prices rise exponentially with carat weight. So, a 2-carat diamond of a given quality is always worth more than two 1-carat diamonds of the same quality.
Polish and symmetry are two important aspects of the cutting process. The polish grade describes the smoothness of the diamonds facets, and the symmetry grade refers to alignment of the facets. With poor polish, the surface of a facet can be dulled, and may create blurred or dulled sparkle. With poor symmetry, light can be misdirected as it enters and exits the diamond. For the most beautiful diamond, look for a symmetry grade of ideal (ID), excellent (EX), very good (VG), or good (G). Avoid diamonds with symmetry grades of fair (F) or poor (P), as the alignment of their facets may misdirect light so severely that it affects the brilliance of the diamond.
Some people seek diamonds that produce this unique effect, while others avoid it. The visible effects of fluorescence grades of faint, inert, negligible, and medium, can only be detected by a trained gemologist with specific UV light. A fluorescence grade of strong or very strong can make a diamond with a near-colorless grade look even whiter. In some very rare instances a diamond with very strong fluorescence can give the diamond a slight hazy or oily appearance. Diamonds with a strong or very strong fluorescence are a better value for the end customer because the market prices them slightly lower than diamonds with faint or negligible fluorescence.
A black diamond, or Carbonado originated on earth 3.5 billion years ago. Infernal heat and pressure, under the earths surface transformed the carbon atoms into crystals. Black Diamonds are opaque and just like colour-less diamonds, they are of great hardness that amounts to 10 in the Mohss scale of hardness.
Black Diamonds are full of criss-crossing inclusions containing black deposits of Sulphides which are responsible for their opaque texture. Pitting on the stones surface may also be evident and is quite normal.
As a general rule, black diamonds contain a multitude of grey and dark grey elements the combination of which form the black colour.
Diamonds that naturally occur with shades of colour are referred to as "Fancy". Fancy coloured diamonds are valued by the intensity of their colour concentration. All coloured diamonds belong to the carbon family. The difference of the colour is the result of the different molecular structures of the crystals.
Black diamonds are often enhanced and are still genuine diamonds treated with radiation to make their colour appear more black, or to obtain uniform colour.
It is typically much better quality than a "natural" black diamond due to the nature of its inclusions.
In ancient Italy, a black diamond was regarded as the stone of reconciliation. It was believed that touch of black diamond has the power of patching up all misunderstandings between the warring couples.
Each valuation is produced for "Retail Replacement" in the following environment;
When a valuer generates a valuation for "Retail Replacement" he is trying to most accurately determine what that item would sell for in the above retail environment. As grading diamonds and precious stones is not an exact art variations do occur.
I purchased a diamond ring for my wifes 50th. Very happy with it, as indeed she is! It is just as illustrated in the pictures and the delivery was prompt. Yes we are satisfied with our purchase.
GD, Campbelltown NSWJacobs Handcrafted Designs
1 carat diamond engagement ring. Had the item delivered within three days of purchase, with genuine valuation certificate.
AM, Bondi Junction NSWTate & Co
I bought my new engagement ring. It was everything I expected it to be and it even fit perfectly.
BS, Kealba VICCastellani
I purchased a beautiful 1.5 carat diamond ring set in white gold. It is a lovely ring and quite a few people have admired it while I have been wearing it. I love Grays Online auctions.
LH, Mount Isa QLDCastellani
I ordered an engagement ring. She reckons its the ducks guts.
SF, Frankston VICJacobs Handcrafted Designs
The items that have been purchased were ear rings and a diamond ring. These were the perfect gift.
ND, Bairnsdale VICTate & Co & Jacobs Handcrafted Designs
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