That’s cool, I’m in London and Chinese too 🙂 I was thinking more just cat rather than Chairman Mao!
If you know what you want, looking online is a good thing to do. I personally found it hard to picture rings I was seeing online, so getting to try some on really helped me to decide what it was I really wanted, but it turns out that I’m quite picky!
With the diamond choosing, it’s all down to your budget, what you want and what matters most to you with regards to the diamond, or the things that you’d be willing to compromise on. You’ll probably have heard of the 4 Cs, I’ve put them below in my order of importance (others may disagree).
Essentially how well the diamond has been cut, the better the cut, the better the proportions, the better the diamond will sparkle.
The Cut rates 3 aspects of the diamond – cut, polish & symmetry. Having an Excellent (Ex) or Very Good (VG) rating for any of the 3 means you will have a diamond that will sparkle a lot.
This refers to the weight of the diamond and slightly to the size. Note – diamonds of the same carat will not necessarily be the same size appearance wise. This depends on the depth of the diamond and the table size (the top visible part of the diamond).
In comparison there is not usually that much visual difference between say a 0.8 and 0.9ct diamond.
Diamonds are given a colour letter starting from D-Z, D is near colourless and the further you move down the alphabet, the more yellow a diamond will appear.
Colourless diamonds are considered more valuable, so a D will cost far more than a Z.<br />D-F rated diamonds all look very white to the eye, even a G is quite white, though when compared to Ds and Es we were able to see that the G was more yellow.
This refers to marks/impurities in the diamond, most will not be visible to the naked eye if above SI1, but I would recommend viewing the diamonds you’re considering buying in person.<br />Clarity ratings: Flawless (FL), Internally Flawless (IF), Very Very Slightly Included (VVS1 & VVS2), Very Slightly Included (VS1 & VS2) and Slightly Included (SI1) – there are more but you are better off with these ranges.
With the above Clarity ratings the diamonds should look clean to the eye – be careful with SI1s though as some of these may have inclusions that you can just about see.
Inclusions are the marks you’ll be able to see on the enlarged photos of the diamonds. When we looked at diamonds almost all of them to the eye looked clean, but when we looked using a loup you could see the inclusions.
I’ve put the 4Cs in that order because originally my boyfriend was adamant that we had to have a D colour and at least a VS1 diamond, excellent cut and a smaller carat. After looking at diamonds in person we decided that we would have been happy with a lower colour to an F or G an SI1 and a Ex, VG, VG cut.
Wow…I keep writing essays. I hope that helps and isn’t just a lot of jargon… :/