Diamonds have come to represent more than any other piece of jewelry. They’re associated with love and connection and are the most used gemstone in engagement and wedding rings.
Diamonds aren’t exactly rare, but they are so deep beneath the surface of the earth that they are hard to get to, which means they cost a lot to mine and a lot to buy. Diamonds vary in rarity as well as carat size and quality.
Rare can mean a lot of things, and it may simply be about the sentiment and the setting that will make your ring special for you and your partner. But there are plenty of things to consider when buying a diamond, whether loose or set in your favorite design.
Do you want to know more about how we get these amazing gems and what they mean to you and your partner?
Some diamonds are actually rare. Many colored diamonds are considered quite rare compared to their clear counterparts and they fetch a hefty price because of it. Red, blue, pink, orange, and green are all colors that appear naturally in diamonds but aren’t very common.
White diamonds are not specifically rare, but certain white diamonds can be considered rare if they have particular qualities. If they rank very highly in the 4Cs, they could be more rare and expensive. Your jeweler or diamond supplier can give you more insight on the rarity of individual white diamonds.
Diamond education is the understanding of the 4 C’s of diamonds. What are the 4Cs for diamonds?
Diamond cut refers to the quality of the angles. There are a few different kinds of cuts, but each type needs to be done precisely to maintain the overall quality of the diamond itself.
The cut of the diamond is ranked as ideal, excellent, very good, good, fair and poor. A diamond that is considered ideal may be considered more rare than others, especially if the other Cs are top quality.
Color is rated on a scale of D to Z, with D considered colorless. Colorless diamonds are the ideal standard. Diamonds closer to Z will often have a yellow or brown tint to them. This scale does not apply to the colored diamonds that are considered rare.
Clarity refers to the flawlessness of the diamond. A diamond with flaws will be said to have inclusions or blemishes. This impacts the quality of the diamond as well as the value. When buying a diamond online or in a store, pay special attention to the clarity.
Carat is often considered the size of the diamond, but it truly refers to the weight. Carat may be important to some buyers, but it needs to be in conjunction with the other qualities for the best investment.
Besides those 4 considerations, a characteristic to consider is diamond fluorescence. Diamond fluorescence refers to the glow produced by a diamond when underneath an ultraviolet light, or a blacklight. A diamond’s fluorescence may affect its price, depending on the color rating of the diamond.
Of course, rare specifically refers to whether or not a lot of something exists in the market, so availability of diamonds is an important aspect to consider.
Diamonds have actually become more available since the 1950s and access to these gems has only increased over the decades. In general, diamonds are more available today than they’ve been in history.
What Does Conflict Free Mean?
A lot of the modern diamond industry has been marred by controversy over the last century. Sometimes referred to as blood diamonds, some of the gems mined in regions facing war were sold to finance the conflict. This was especially true in many countries in Africa. However, this is changing in the market as fewer buyers are interested in purchasing diamonds with this history.
This is why diamond suppliers will often make the distinction that their product is conflict free. You can be confident that the diamond you purchase was obtained in a way that is consistent with your personal values. Our recommendation is to always buy conflict free diamonds.
Choose the Right Diamond
Choosing the right diamond for you or your partner comes with a lot of additional considerations beyond the rarity of the diamond and the cut, color, clarity, or carat. You want to make sure that you and your partner are pleased with the diamond and that it will continue to be a cherished piece beyond the time it was purchased.
A quality diamond can become an heirloom piece that will be passed down through the generations, so extra time selecting the right diamond will be an investment in your future.
Whether it’s an engagement ring or another piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, considering personal taste is just as important as understanding the quality of the diamond.
For some, the use of vintage diamonds is a priority. Rather than buying a new diamond, repurposing an heirloom ring can be a great way to honor family and keep a treasured piece of jewelry on display. Or perhaps you can find the right stone and setting second-hand. Diamonds are durable and beautiful, so buying a brand new one isn’t always essential.
But with vintage diamonds, you still want to have it inspected and cleaned by a professional. Your jeweler can also work with you to design a setting that will please you and your partner.
Care for Your Diamond
Your diamond, whether it’s considered rare or not, is an investment and should be treated as such. Every piece of jewelry has a story and is important. So, there are some things you should do to care for it.
The top things to do to care for your diamond are:
- Get insurance.
- Avoid touching it too much.
- Get professional cleanings.
- Take off your ring if it could get damaged.
- Don’t take it off in public.
Your ring is durable, but it can also attract dust and the oils from your fingers. You’ll also want to take it off if you’re working on something where it can become scratched or nicked. However, don’t take it off in public because you may accidentally leave it somewhere.
Care and attention to the quality of your diamond will mean you have a piece of jewelry that will withstand the test of time. The actual rarity of the diamond is only secondary when it comes to the meaning and enjoyment you get from wearing it.
While diamonds aren’t specifically rare, except in certain instances, they are an important investment that requires you to take your time in choosing the right piece.