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Education

  1. Categories
  2. Diamond characteristics
  3. What is diamond and why is it special?
  4. How to buy diamonds online?
  5. How is a diamond graded? 
  6. Shapes
  7. Carat 
  8. Colour
  9. Clarity & Cut
  10. Certificates 

 

 1. Categories:

1. Rings

A hand-heart connection lies with the ring finger. It is said that a vein from the ring finger goes up to the heart

for which they chose the descriptive name vena amoris (Latin for the vein of love, for this particular vein). It is

where wear the ring to signify that you keep that person closer to your heart.

Wedding rings are usually worn on the left hand because it represents your character and beliefs and also

because the right hand is termed as the ‘physical hand’. So make your wedding memorable with an exquisite

RC Diamonds ring to match your style.

2. Pendant Sets -

The word pendant from Old French word "pendre" and the Latin word "pendere", both of which translate to

"to hang down”. A small gift, an offering, a mark, etc. are some of the emotions that are conveyed through a

pendant.

Small or big, don’t let anything mediocre pass as a pendant, your special one only deserves the best. Get to

choose from a wide range of pendants only at RC Diamonds.

3. Earrings -

Since the early days the earrings were worn to signify royalty, authority and achievement. Even though

earrings have the same premise, nowadays the number of messages conveyed has increased tenfold. The

placement of the earring, big or small, single or multiple piercing, etc. each has a distinct message that the

wearer conveys.

So may it be a small ear stud or a set of glamorous earrings, RC diamonds takes care of the message you want

to convey.

4. Bangles

Bangles or Bangadi or Choori are usually worn by women from Asian countries, but slowly people all round the

world are starting to wear them. For newly wedded women, they wear new glass bangles signifying that she is

married and her honeymoon is considered over when all the bangles are broken. For men, it is a sign of

respect and courage, it is called Kadaa.

Whosesoever may wear it, at RC Diamonds; we offer you a wide variety of bangles to choose from. So adorn

yourself with an unmatched offering from us.

5. Bracelets

From being used by Bulgarians to please their deity to invoke spring sooner, to being used by Greeks to

safeguard them from the harsh Greek sun, bracelets have been used in many forms.

Irrespective of your usage, give us the design and RC Diamonds will take special care and make it for you.

6. Mangalsutra

Since 5th - 6th century CE, mangalsutra or taali has been associated with marriage. Some wear it on a

yellow thread, others on a thick gold chain, yet others have black beads strung together with two

“vatis” representing the union of two strung at the end. Whatever may be the design it is an integral

part of our Tradition.

Over a passage of time, although the design of mangalsutra hasn’t changed that drastically, people

are starting to opt for newer designs. At RC Diamonds, we offer both traditional and trending new

designs as per your requirement.

7. Necklace

Going back 40000years, necklace was used as a fashion accessory and even now it’s being used as one.

Without a necklace, a jewellery set is like a puzzle without its centre piece. It has to be in sync with the rest;

else it would ruin the complete set.

Even as a standalone piece of jewellery, necklace has the ability to complete the look. RC Diamonds doesn’t

believe in keeping anything incomplete, so we offer the most stunning and gracious designs to enhance your

elegant look.

8. Gents Rings

Since long, men have been wearing rings. During activities or Felicitations during sporting events, swearing in

ceremonies (defence), marriage, etc. men have been adorned and using rings. Either to display power or an

association, men have worn rings since long.

But men’s ring have a distinct style and unique to each person the design changes. At RC Diamonds we

understand this and create an offering that is not only glamorous but also one that makes a statement.

9. Wedding Collection

We understand the importance of your wedding and acknowledge that you must be at your best, on your most

important day of your life. Complete that divine image with RC Diamonds, Divine wedding collections.

From traditional designs to trendy new designs and on demand customized sets, at RC Diamonds be assured

that you will only get a set that will literally leave the onlookers dazed.

10. Gemstone Jewellery -

A jewellery set is more than just a piece to adorn you. Immaterial of the amount you spend on any piece of

jewellery, what matters the most is that it must convey the emotions, else it becomes lifeless. Picking a

gemstone can do the same for you.

Gemstone jewellery conveys a special message as compared to other forms. With RC Diamonds, invest a little

more thought and a little more emotions in making that extra effort for the person that matters most to you.

The gemstones are classified in accordance to their corresponding birth month

 January - Garnet

 February - Amethyst

 March - Aquamarine or Bloodstone

 April - Diamond

 May - Emerald

 June - Pearl or Moonstone

 July - Ruby

 August - Peridot

 September - Sapphire

 October - Opal or Tourmaline

 November - Yellow Topaz or Citrine

 December - Turquoise or Blue Topaz


 

  

2. Diamond characteristics:


Diamond Characteristics

Crown:

The top portion of the diamond, from the girdle to the table.

Pavilion:

The lower portion of a diamond, from the girdle to the culet.

Culet:

The facet or point on the bottom of the diamond's pavilion.

Girdle:

The narrow rim around the widest part of a diamond separates the crown from the pavilion.

Also referred to as the setting edge, where a diamond is held when set in jewellery.

Depth:

The height of a gemstone, from the culet to the table is determined as a percentage of the

overall diameter of the gem.

 


 

 

 

3. What is diamond and why is it special?

 

 Diamond derives its root from the Greek word – “adamas” meaning unbreakable.

 Recognized first in India along the rivers Penner, Krishna and Godavari, their existence is

 dated back 6000years. Diamonds have a lot of uses; namely for adornment, scientific

 experiments, drilling and cutting.

 This priceless rock’s most popular usage is in adornment. Now the question is are they

 expensive, unavailable and unaffordable? NO. A diamond is not just a precious stone or a

 piece of expensive jewellery anymore; it’s a communication of emotions. A diamond is a

 commitment, a promise, an investment and a sense of security to your near and dear ones.

 It is a sign of empowerment to women and men alike all over the world. Gone are the days

 when diamonds were only available to a privileged few.

 With RC Diamonds, if you want it, we provide it.

 


 

 

4. How to buy diamonds online?

 

A few tips can give an edge over others while selecting a diamond. While selecting a white

or colourless diamond one follows the trusted 4 C’s of selecting a diamond. It is said that

while white or colourless diamonds are the most desired, yet coloured or fancy diamonds can fetch

higher prices or be nearly worthless. Some important pointers to help you guide in the right

direction whilst selecting a coloured diamond:

  1. Reds and pinks: The rarest of colours, these diamonds get their ruby hues thanks to an irregular atomic structure.
  2. Blues: Coloured by trace amounts of boron, blues include the allegedly cursed Hope Diamond and the Blue Heart Diamond, both today held by the Smithsonian Institution in             Washington, D.C.
  3. Yellow: Nitrogen, usually an unwanted quality in mostly colourless natural diamonds, can create expensive, vivid canary-yellow diamonds.
  4. Green: Radiation causes the colour, but gemmological labs often cannot determine if the radiation was natural or man-made.
  5. Champagne, cognac or chocolate: Skip these newly popular colours.

Some advantages of purchasing online:

More options – You get the offerings from a lot of vendors at one place

Competitive Prices – There are many instances when you can get a much lower rate for a really good stone because of lower cost of operation.

Flexibility – Shop from the comfort of your home and get the diamond delivered from any part of world.

                    Moreover with an E-Jeweller like RC Diamonds you can just make a selection and sit back while we complete all formalities and send your dream design, delivered at your doorstep.

 


 

 

 

5. How is a diamond graded?

 

The diamond is graded on some guidelines. Things like Color, Clarity, cut and carat makes the diamond alluring

 or demeaning. In addition to the 4c’s used to grade the diamond internationally,. In this segment we lay out

 valuable information and buying guidelines to make your decision making process easy.

 


  

 

 

6. Shapes:


           The shape is the first step to choosing your diamond, your style. Since all diamond shapes

 are very different, unique characteristics determine quality for each shape. Select the shape

 below to learn and choose your style.

 The most popular diamond shapes:

  • The Round Brilliant Diamond:The Round Brilliant Diamond:

    The Round Brilliant shaped diamond is the most traditional and popular of all

    the diamond shapes. With 58 facets this shape is considered to be ideal for a

    diamond because it maximizes its sparkle. This shape of diamond is most commonly used in

    solitaire diamond engagement rings.

  • The Princess Diamond: The Princess Diamond

 

It is the most popular shape after the Round brilliant diamond. Created in the

1960s, it was initially called the Barion. It gained mass popularity with women

pretty soon. So treat your loved one as a princess with a princess cut with RC Diamonds.

  • The Emerald DiamondThe Emerald Diamond

    The Emerald shaped diamond is a square or rectangular shaped stone with cut

    corners with 48 to 50 facets that resemble a staircase. Due to its larger, more open table, this shape

    highlights the clarity of a diamond but with fewer facets brings less brilliance than the other shapes.

  • The Oval DiamondThe Oval Diamond

    The Oval Cut has a beautiful shape and provides great brilliance and fire through its

    56 facets. A well cut Oval shaped diamond can be almost as bright as a well cut

    Round Brilliant shaped diamond.

  • The Marquise DiamondThe Marquise Diamond

    The Marquise is a traditional shaped diamond shape, having elongated ends at

    both edges with 56 facets. The pointed ends make this shape the most fragile and

    the most expensive of brilliant style cuts. Now-a-days this shape is very popular for engagement rings.

     

  • The Pear DiamondThe Pear Diamond

    The Pear Cut diamond is often called a teardrop due to its single point and

    rounded end with 56 to 58 facets. This shape is popular for its uniqueness

    and brilliance.

    Pear Shape diamond is mostly used in pendants and also a good choice for a hand with

    smaller fingers.

     

  • Asscher DiamondThe Asscher Diamond

    The Asscher Cut’s shape is patented and developed by company, Asscher

    Diamond Co. This new cut enhances the fire and light of the stone and has a small

    table, a high crown, wide step facets, a deep pavilion and square culet.

     

  • The Radiant DiamondThe Radiant Diamond

    The Radiant Cut is a rectangular or square stone with cut corners. It has 62 to 70

    facets and offers the elegance of the emerald shape with the brilliance of the

    princess shape. Trimmed corners are the signature of this shape which makes it a popular and

    versatile choice for jewellery.

    Diamonds with radiant shape look very good when adorned with baguettes or round side stones.

     

  • The Heart DiamondThe Heart Diamond

    The human heart is the ultimate symbol of love and the Heart Cut is considered as

    the most romantic of all. The Heart shaped diamond is essentially a pear-shaped diamond with a

    cleft at the top and it typically contains 59 facets. Due to the complexity of the shape, skilled cutting

    is necessary to maintain the diamond’s brilliance.

    Generally people prefer a heart shape diamond for sentimental purposes. This shape is mostly used

    in pendants, but also suitable for most jewellery items.

     

  • The Cushion DiamondThe Cushion Diamond

    Cushion Cut diamonds are also known as "pillow cut" diamonds. This shape ranges

    from square to rectangular and it has rounded corners and larger facets to increase its brilliance.

    These larger facets also highlight the diamond's clarity.

     

  • The Baguette DiamondThe Baguette Diamond

    The Baguette Cut diamonds are generally used to fill in channels or stable grooved

    tracks around a gemstone centrepiece. This shape is similar to emerald shape.

     

The Trilliant DiamondThe Trilliant Diamond

The Trilliant Cut is one of the unusual cuts and the diamond with this shape displays

a very sharp brilliance or fire. This triangular shaped diamonds may either have pointed corners or

more rounded corners.

 


 

 
 

7. Carat:

Carat (ct.) refers to the unique unit of weight measurement used exclusively to weigh gems

and diamonds.

Carat weight is often confused with visual size even though it is actually a measurement of

weight. Depending on the shape and type of gemstone being weighed, the weight will

visually show itself differently. For example, a 1.00 ct. round diamond will measure around

6.5mm, and a 1.00 ct. round sapphire will measure around 6.0mm. This is due to the varying

density of different gemstones.

Once cut, colour and clarity grade have been determined, the carat weight of a diamond can

be easily established to fit within a budget. Carat is often confused with size even though it

is actually the unit of weight of a diamond. Larger diamonds are much more valuable

because they are discovered in nature much less frequently than small ones. Diamond

prices actually rise exponentially with carat weight rather than linearly. For example, a 1.00

ct. diamond of a given quality is always valued higher than two 0.50 ct. diamonds of the

same quality. In fact, a general rule of thumb is that a diamond of double the weight costs

around four times more.

“Under-sizes” are diamonds that weigh just below a cut-off weight. While fewer exist, they

may represent an enhanced value. They are more difficult to find as a diamond cutter will

choose to sacrifice beauty in order to cut a diamond with a weight that reaches one of the

cut-off weights, or “magic numbers” as they are known in the industry. The cut-off weights

are 0.50 ct., 0.75 ct., 0.90 ct., 1.00 ct., 1.50 ct., and 2.00 ct.

Total carat weight (t.c.w.) is a phrase that represents the total weight of all diamonds or

other gemstones in a piece of jewellery, when more than one gemstone is used. Diamond

solitaire earrings, for example, are usually quoted in t.c.w., indicating the combined weight

of the diamonds in both earrings.

Diamond Carat Size Guide

Our Diamond Carat Size Guide demonstrates how diamonds of various carat weights appear

when viewed from the top down. Since carat is a unit of weight, not all diamonds of equal

carat weight will appear to be the same size due to their differing measurements.

 


  

 

8. Colour:

 

Colour refers to the natural body colour of a diamond and not to the reflection of spectral colours that flash when a diamond moves.

Most diamonds naturally exhibit slight hints of yellow, brown, or gray. This colour is caused

by natural trace elements of nitrogen that were present when the diamond formed under

the Earth’s crust. The less colour a diamond exhibits, the higher the rarity, and therefore the

higher the value. After cut, colour is the next most important characteristic to consider

when choosing a diamond. Diamonds with fewer colours allow more light to pass, releasing more brilliance and fire.

A diamond acts as a prism by dividing light into a spectrum of colours. It refers to a range of D-J colours and reflecting this light

as colourful flashes called dispersion or fire. Similar to looking through coloured glass, colour in a diamond will diminish the spectrum of colour,

or fire, emitted by acting as a filter. A diamond with a higher colour grade, i.e., one with less colour, demonstrates more colourful fire.

The international gemmological colour scale begins with the highest rating of D for colourless,

and travels down the alphabet to grade stones with traces of very faint or light yellowish or brownish colour.

Diamonds with grades D through F are considered "colourless," G through J are considered "near-colourless," K

through M are "slightly yellow," and N through Y are referred to as “light yellow or brown.”

 

The chart defines the grade and classification of the different colors:

Chart

D

Absolutely colourless or "icy white". The highest colour grade, extremely rare and most

expensive.

E

Colourless. Only miniscule traces of colour can be detected by an expert gemmologist in a

controlled environment, a very rare diamond.

F

Colourless. Slight colour detected by an expert gemmologist, but still considered a

colorless grade, a rare, high quality diamond.

G-H

Near-colourless. Colour may be noticeable compared to diamonds of better grades, but

offers excellent value.

I-J

Near-colourless. Colour slightly detectable when compared to diamonds of better grades, a

good value.

K-Y

Slight or obvious colour.


 

 

 

9. Clarity

Clarity refers to how clean or clear the diamond is with respect to natural microscopic

characteristics that were trapped within or on the diamond while it was forming.

Internal characteristics are known as inclusions, and characteristics on the surface of the

gem are known as blemishes. Inclusions may be crystals of a foreign material or structural

imperfections such as tiny cracks, known as feathers, which can appear whitish or cloudy.

Often times the inclusions are microscopic diamonds that were absorbed by the larger

crystal before the diamond was carried to the surface of the Earth. The quantity, size,

colour, location, orientation, and visibility of inclusions all affect the final clarity grade of a

diamond. Diamonds with no or few inclusions are considered particularly rare and highly

valued.

When gemmologists inspect diamonds for clarity, they use a maximum of 10x magnification and only

judge the diamond face up. If an inclusion is not visible when the diamond is viewed from the top,

then it cannot be used in determining the clarity grade. Gemmologists use microscopes and loupes

(small handheld magnifying lenses) to determine the size, type, and position of the inclusions.

Experienced graders use 10X magnification to identify the various clarity characteristics, and

to map their location on “diamond plots.” These plots are like small maps for each individual

diamond, and are used to identify each individual stone. No two diamonds will ever have

the same internal pattern, and the plots work as a form of individual identification much like

a fingerprint.

Clarity grades applied by expert graders are as follows:

FL, IF

No internal or external flaws (FL). Flawless with no internal flaws (IF). Extremely rare and

valuable.

VVS1,VVS2

It is very difficult for a trained gemmologist to locate under 10x magnification.

Characteristics referred to as minute.

VS1, VS2

Difficult to see inclusions under 10x magnification, unless pointed out by a trained

professional. Typically one cannot see inclusions with the naked eye.

SI1

Inclusions are potentially identifiable under 10x magnification, but are rarely visible with the

unaided eye. Characteristics referred to as noticeable.

SI2

Inclusions are easily visible under 10x magnification and may be visible with unaided eye.

Characteristics should be referred to as noticeable or obvious.

I1 - I3

Inclusions are visible to the unaided eye.


 

 

 

10. Cut:


Cut is considered to be the most important of all of the diamond characteristics, as a well-

cut diamond will often appear larger than a poorly cut diamond of the same carat weight,

and have the appearance of enhanced colour and clarity.

The quality of cut is determined by how well the symmetry, polish, and proportions of the

diamond produce the most attractive balance of the three different types of reflection.

Several proportion factors have the most immediate impact on a diamond's ability to reflect

light correctly. The table size and depth of a diamond relative to the diameter greatly

impacts the light return from a diamond. A well-cut diamond is proportioned so that most

of the light entering the gem exits back through the top of the stone, perfectly balancing the

white light (brilliance) with intense flashes of fire (dispersion). A poorly-cut diamond, with

facets cut only a few degrees out of alignment, can result in light exiting through the bottom

of the diamond, known as light leakage, instead of from the top where it is visible. This

creates a diamond with dulled brilliance from poor light performance within the gem,

making the center of the gem look dark.

The best cut diamonds have proportions that are within tried and true ranges known for

maximizing brilliance, fire, and scintillation. The cut grading scale for diamonds is based on

the reflective properties of the diamond, according to these carefully calculated diamond

measurements. It also allows you to easily identify a well-cut diamond, without having to

assess each individual cut characteristic.

Chart2

Ideal

Exquisite quality cut to create the optimal combination of brilliance and fire. Reflects nearly

all light that enters the diamond. Top 3% of diamond quality based on cut.

Very Good

Superior quality cut that reflects nearly as much light as the ideal cut while at a substantially

lower cost. Top 15% of diamond quality.

Good

Premium quality cut to optimize the size without sacrificing quality or beauty. Reflects most

light that enters. Top 25% of diamond quality.

Fair

Adequate quality cut which reflects some light while maximizing weight. While not as

brilliant as a good cut, still a quality diamond. Top 35% of diamond quality.

Poor

Inadequate quality cut that reflects minimal amount of light.

 

          A diamond’s cut grade is actually a combination of three different types of reflection.

       Brilliance:

 

Brilliance, or brightness, refers to the white light that is reflected back to the eye from the

diamond. Light enters through the top of the diamond (the table), is broken down into a

rainbow of spectral colours, and is reflected back and forth in the interior of the gem by

bouncing off the mirror-like facets. Light exits through the table, recombining as white light.

Some important facets:

Dispersion (Fire):

 

Dispersion is the rainbow of colours that is reflected back to the eye from the diamond.

Light enters through the top of the diamond, is broken down into a rainbow of spectral

colours, and is reflected back and forth in the interior of the gem by bouncing off the mirror-like

facets. When it leaves through the crown, it stays separated and reaches the eye in flashes of colour.

 

Scintillation:

 

Scintillation is the play of light you see with movement of the diamond, demonstrated by

sparkling on the diamond’s surface. A diamond is evaluated on its ability to reflect and

refract light in all directions.

 





11. Certification

 

Certification of Diamond Quality:

 

A diamond certificate or grading report provides an expert opinion on the quality of the

diamond and is provided by an independent gemmology lab. Expert gemmologists with

specialized equipment measure the weight and dimensions of the diamond and assess

quality characteristics such as cut, colour, and clarity.

RC Diamond’s offerings are certified by the world’s leading gem grading labs of both

national and international repute e.g. IGI (Where the founderer of this company has been

trained – after all RC Diamonds believes in bringing the best of everything available at your

doorstep). Moreover we trust our offerings authenticity so much that we also offer 3rd party

certification (on availability).

 

Certification of Diamond Origin:

All of RC diamonds come with national and international certification, guaranteeing their

ethical origin. Our diamonds are tracked to ensure that they are mined, cut, and polished

with respect for people and the environment. This ensures that they are not tainted by

violence and that they are produced in accordance with the highest labour and

environmental standards.

At RC Diamonds, we provide more than a conflict free guarantee, we provide a lifelong

assurance of the genuinity, responsibility and a promise that the offering meant for your

loved one is not tainted with someone’s tears.

Want more information? Don’t hesitate to contact us!