Want to buy your girl diamonds for Valentine's Day? Don't know where to start? Don't worry! You're not the first, and you definitely won't be the last. Here's a handy guide on all you need to know to make the right choice.
The 4 Cs
Diamonds are graded in 4 ways: carat, clarity, colour and cut. Sound complicated? It's not as tough as you'd think.
Carat - Carat simply means weight – the higher the carat, the bigger the diamond. Bigger doesn't always necessarily mean better, so don't worry about going for the highest carat possible. Even a small diamond is an enormous gesture of love.
Clarity - As for clarity, this refers to the quality of the diamond. Diamonds are magnified 10 times to check the clarity – the more visible the defects at 1000% zoom, the lower the clarity. If you want a bright, shiny diamond with no inclusions or blemishes visible to the naked eye, go for VS1 or VS2 (Very Slightly Included) or better.
Colour - Did you know that diamonds come in a variety of colours? Chances are you're looking for a white diamond, but even white diamonds have some colour variation. Diamond colour is usually graded on a letter scale – from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow). For the most part, anything from D to M will look white to your girlfriend's untrained eye.
Cut - Finally, there's the cut. This is the easiest of all. The cut of a diamond is its shape. Round, princess, heart, pear, oval – there are almost too many to choose from. Generally, round diamonds are the brightest, reflecting more light than fancier shapes. Heart shaped diamonds are an obvious Valentine's Day choice, but bear in mind that the smaller the diamond, the harder it will be the see the cut.
Ring, Bracelet, Necklace or Earrings?
Diamonds can be found in a variety of jewellery, and it can be hard to choose the right one for the love of your life. Think about how often you want her to wear the diamonds, and which jewellery she usually wears. If she only wears necklaces on special occasions but you want to see her in the diamonds every day, a pendant isn't the best choice. On the contrary, if she usually wears conservative or simple jewellery on a daily basis and you'd prefer she only got those expensive diamonds out for fancy dinners, an extravagant pair of diamond earrings might be your pick. Generally, any diamond jewellery will be received well by a gem-loving woman. However, if you're looking for the ultimate token of love, rings have strong connotations with marriage and eternity.
Gold or Silver?
Of course, those diamonds need something to hold on to. Gold or silver is one of the toughest questions, and it can be tough to find a way to ask without giving away the surprise. Luckily, there's one easy way to find out without asking outright, and it may well be the handiest tip you've ever heard: check the colour of the metal on her phone. Does she have gold, silver or rose gold? This is a pretty solid indication of her favourite metal colour. If she doesn't have metal on her phone, just ask what colour she'd pick if she had to get a metal tone. She'll never guess what you're up to, and you'll get your answer in a few seconds flat.
For more information, contact a professional jeweller, such as Matusik Jewellers.