Diamond is an allotrope of carbon in its purest crystalline form.
A pavé setting is when the diamonds are closely set together with minimal visibility of the metal prongs holding the stones.
A diamond’s intrinsic value is in its brilliance.
Fancy cut diamonds differ in shape and cutting style from the usual 57 facet round brilliant. These include cuts such as: pear, oval, marquise, emerald and cushion
The table is the largest facet that caps the crown of a diamond and plays a critical role in the diamond’s appearance – specifically its brilliance and light performance.
‘Internally flawless’ is a clarity grade which indicates a diamond without visible internal imperfections under 10x magnification.
The word ‘diamond’ comes from the Greek word ‘adamas’, meaning invincible or indestructible.
A diamond loses up to 50% of its original weight during the cutting and polishing process.
A diamond’s Cut grade is all about how well its facets interact with light.
A ‘natural’ on a polished diamond is the unpolished remnant of the ‘skin’ of the rough crystal from which the stone was cut.
Pear shaped diamonds, reminiscent of a teardrop, blends the best of the round and marquise shapes.
Emerald cut diamonds are said to represent elegance and refinement.
Round brilliant diamonds are said to represent everlasting love.
Oval cut diamonds are said to represent fertility.
‘Cut’ determines a diamond’s brilliance and fire, and is considered to be the stone’s most important but least understood characteristic.
GIA’s D-Z colour grading scale is the industry’s most widely known and accepted grading system.
A diamond’s colour distinctions are subtle and invisible to the untrained eye but have a big impact on its price.
A natural diamond’s markings and inclusions are symbols of their age and can be considered tiny time capsules that tell the stories of Earth’s formation.
‘Cut’ determines a diamond’s brilliance and fire and is considered to be the stone’s most important but least understood characteristic.
Fluorescence does not affect the diamond's physical strength or its structure and can be used as an identifying factor for a diamond.
Fluorescence is the glow when a diamond emits visible light upon exposure to ultraviolet rays.
30% to 35% of all natural diamonds exhibit some degree of fluorescence when exposed to UV light.
White gold and platinum are amongst the most popular precious metals for setting fine jewellery and diamond engagement rings, so the question we often get asked is –“Which one should I choose?"
Though they may look identical from afar, sharing a polished silvery hue, there are in fact various attributes which set white gold and platinum apart.
To make the right choice, let’s take a look at how the two metals compare in terms of appearance, durability and cost.
Taking your relationship to that next step is a huge milestone so of course we understand that you want to get it just right. A lot of the time, first time folks don’t really know how to make that next move, so we’ve provided a few tips to prepare you for one of the biggest emotive purchases you’re probably going to make!
Our diamonds and jewellery are some of the most treasured and valued belongings representing for most of us, a lifetime of memories and sentiments. It is therefore essential to handle them as you would fragile babies. Knowing how to care for your sparkly pieces requires a bit of effort but this in turn will reap rewards in having their lustre and shine maintained for generations to come. In return for a little care and upkeep, Nature's little treasures will bring you a continuing supply of love and dreams.
Here are a few of our suggestions on what you can do to look after your jewellery.
Earlier last year we sent out a survey to our customers & friends of Facets Singapore with the simple question: “Does Size Matter?” And no, we’re not talking about what you might be thinking…
Diamond size is also referred to as its carat weight (ct.). A one carat diamond is equal to 0.2 grms and approximately 6.4mm in diameter (for a round brilliant). Our respondents were generally a wide demographic mix with the majority being females, aged 25–35 and married or engaged.
Although we had our assumptions, the results were rather revealing. In addition, the quality of verbal responses and comments we received were outstanding.
You've decided that you want to take that next big step and it’s time to commit on that ring, but you’re clueless. Fortunately, there are innovative and time tested ways to second-guess your partner’s preferences, making the process of determining their ring style seamless.
Let’s talk you through our tips, which will help you to customize a ring that (hopefully) goes beyond your fiancé-to-be’s expectations!
So you’re taking the leap, you’re ready to propose, you’ve found a diamond and are ready to create your bespoke engagement ring. There’s just one problem . . . you don’t know his or her ring size and you want it to be a surprise! How do you navigate this tricky situation without ruining the element of surprise? Here are some useful strategies to help you get unstuck . . .
Getting engaged is a truly special moment and buying an engagement ring for that moment is an exciting (yet often daunting) task. With the variety of ring styles and materials available these days, finding the perfect choice for your partner can be a challenge.