MELISENDE DIAMONDS 7C’S
Diamond cut is perhaps the most important of the 4C’s, so it is important to understand how this quality affects the properties and values of a diamond. A good cut gives a diamond its brilliance, which is that brightness that seems to come from the very heart of a diamond. The angles and finish of any diamond are what determine its ability to handle light, which leads to brilliance.
When a diamond is well-cut, light enters through the table and travels to the pavilion where it reflects from one side to the other before reflecting back out of the diamond through the table and to the observer’s eye.
In a poorly cut diamond, the light that enters through the table reaches the facets and then ‘leaks’ out from the sides or bottom of the diamond rather than reflecting back to the eye. Less light reflected back to the eye means less brilliance.
Because cut is so important, several grading methods have been developed to help consumers determine the cut of a particular diamond. In general, these grades are:
- Ideal cut: This cut is intended to maximize brilliance, it applies only to round diamonds.
- Premium cut: They are intended to provide maximum brilliance, Premium cut diamonds have cuts that are equal of any Ideal Cut diamond.
- Very Good cut: These diamonds reflect most of the light that enters them, creating a good deal of brilliance. With these diamonds, the cutters have chosen to stray slightly from the preferred diamond proportions in order to create a larger diamond.
- Good cut: Diamonds that reflect much of the light that enters them. Their proportions fall outside of the preferred range because the cutter has chosen to create the largest possible diamond.
- Fair & Poor cut: A diamond graded as fair or poor reflects only a small proportion of the light that enters it. Typically these diamonds have been cut to maximize the carat weight over most other considerations.
- Diamonds are found in all colors of the rainbow, from colorless and transparent stones to ink black ones. Varying degrees of yellow or brown color is common in most of the diamonds and slight difference in color can make a substantial difference in value. A truly colorless diamond is extremely rare and considered the most valuable. It allows most light to pass through the stone and create the most brilliance. Most diamonds appear white to the naked eye, but they all include trace amounts of yellow or brown color. The best way to see the true color of a diamond is by looking at it against a white surface. Fancy Colored Diamonds although majority of diamonds come in shades of white, there are also Fancy natural intensely colored diamonds available in colors like yellow, pink, greens, brown, red, orange, blue etc. These intensely colored diamonds are very rare, attractive and desirable.
- F: Flawless: No internal or external flaws. They are extremely rare.
- IF: Internally flawless: no internal flaws, but some surface flaws. Very rare.
- VVS1-VVS2: Very Very Slightly Included. Minute inclusions very difficult to detect under 10x magnification by a trained gemologist.
- VS1-VS2: Very Slightly Included. Minute inclusions seen only with difficulty under 10x magnification.
- SI1-SI2: Slightly Included. Minute inclusions are visible under 10x magnification, and may be visible by the unaided eye.
- I1-I2-I3: Inclusions visible under 10x magnification as well as to the human eye.
Clarity of a diamond refers to a diamond clearness or purity. When these flaws/marks occur internally, they are called inclusions and the most common types of inclusions include Crystals, Tiny Bubbles representing small minerals that were absorbed into the diamond while it was growing. On the contrary, when these flaws/marks occur on the surface, they are known as blemishes and the most common types of blemishes include Polish lines, Naturals, Scratches, Nicks, Pits, transparent stress lines that appear on a diamond surface, surface graining, and extra facets, that are usually cut to remove a near-surface inclusion to raise the clarity grade of a stone. Most diamonds have these imperfections in them. Although many of these flaws are not visible to the naked eye, but under magnification, tiny featherlike shapes, crystals, bubbles and dark flecks become noticeable. These slight flaws make every diamond quite unique but they also do affect the beauty and value of the diamond. Diamond clarity is based on the number, size, nature, and location of imperfections on the finished stone. Diamond with higher clarity is more valuable in comparison to diamond that contains numerous inclusions because it is less brilliant due to inclusions interfering with light passing through it.
Carat is a simple measurement of weight. There are five carats in a gram; each is broken into smaller units of measurements called points. The easiest way for you to think of points is the same way you think of percentages. 25 is a ¼ carat, 50 is a ½ carat, and 75 is a ¾ carat and so on.Diamond price will increase with diamond carat weight, because larger diamonds are very rare and more desirable. But two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different values and prices depending on three other factors of the diamond 4C’s: Clarity, Color and Cut.
MELISENDE DIAMONDS has been dedicated to serving its customers with professionalism, courtesy and care, we work with our clients to guarantee satisfaction. Helping you to understand the benefits and value of our diamonds is our commitment to you. Honesty and Integrity, values we stand by to the fullest. Our offices in Montreal and California allows us to better serve our customers. We are driven by our passion for diamonds. MELISENDE DIAMONDS LTD. continuously pursues product excellence and customer satisfaction. It emphasizes on amplifying its clientele value through organized alliance and by providing necessary assistance. Our highly professional and knowledgeable team is always available to answer your questions because at MELISENDE DIAMONDS, we believe in building a long lasting business relationship with our clients. Our main objectives are to make our customers happy and gain their complete trust in our company and products. We carry an inventory of GIA– certified diamonds in all sizes, shapes, colors, and clarities. Because we are a wholesale diamantaire, we stand by our extremely competitive pricing. When you contact us, you will be communicating with a diamond expert who is eager to share his knowledge about all characteristics of diamonds, as well as offer guidance about value and pricing.
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The Kimberley Process was established in 2003 to prevent conflict diamonds from entering global markets. This process narrowly defines “conflict diamonds” as diamonds that finance rebel movements against recognized governments. Our mission is to cultivate a more ethical, transparent, and sustainable jewelry industry. We hold true to our values of awareness and transparency by carefully tracking our diamonds’ origins. We go beyond the usual standard to guarantee that our diamonds originate from ethical and environmentally responsible sources. ZERO tolerance for blood diamonds.[tab3]Canada is the world’s number 3 producer of diamonds. Canadian Diamonds have rapidly gained a world reputation for quality and cleanliness. Cleanliness refers to the fact that they are not blood diamonds or conflict diamonds. They are what we call conflict-free diamonds. The Government of Canada ensures fair labor practices in all Canadian diamond mines, they are completely traced from the diamond mine source from which they are derived, all the way to the diamond cutters, wholesalers, and retailers to consumers. Canadian diamonds that are being extracted from mines in Canada are yielding some of the largest, cleanest, whitest roughs on the market, as a result, the diamond cutters are creating some of the best cuts, more brilliance, sparkle and beauty. Canadian diamonds account for approximately 80% of all Excellent and Ideal cut makes. Canadian diamonds are not more expensive, they are at very competitive prices, especially at Melisende Diamonds Ltd.
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At MELISENDE DIAMONDS LTD., we apply the same high quality standards to all of our diamond shapes. We have an exceptional collection of traditional round diamonds and we also offer the finest non-round or fancy-shaped diamonds available.