Just a large carat does not a good diamond make. Mellissa gets educated on how to choose a high quality diamond with JannPaul.

But square-cut or pear-shaped,

These rocks don’t lose their shape.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

I first heard this song in the movie Moulin Rouge – the cabaret’s star courtesan Satine (played by Nicole Kidman) sang the catchy tunes while dressed in a skimpy glitter dress with sparkly diamonds glistering against her fair skin.

Diamonds are loved by many, but only thoroughly understood by few. Most people assume that the larger the carat weight, the better. However, diamonds, like most of their wearers, are much more complex than their carat weights. Before my diamond education session at JannPaul (JP), I could not comprehend how intricate and complex diamonds truly are. Kudos to Casey Lai for patiently enlightening us about diamonds throughout the session that lasted close to one hour.

Whether you are customising a proposal ring for that special someone or simply pampering yourself with some sparkle after receiving that long overdue promotion at work, keep in mind the 4Cs that will help you to pick the top quality diamonds – cut, carat, colour and clarity.

1. Cut

Imperfect hearts and arrows in a lower quality diamond

Hearts Super Ideal Cut

JannPaul’s hearts and arrows cut 

JP’s Super Ideal Cut has eight symmetrical hearts and arrows Casey explained to us that most jewellery shops carried diamonds with 57 facets, which means they should have eight symmetrical hearts when viewed from their crowns and eight symmetrical hearts when observed from the reverse side, also known as the pavilion. If diamonds are well cut such, maximum amount of light can be reflected through to create more sparkle and in turn, fetch a greater value.

2. Colour

Actual Bad Example

Yellowish tinge in a lower quality diamond

Actual Super Ideal Cut

An image of JannPaul’s diamond which is colourless

JP’s Super Ideal Cut is colourless! The colour of diamonds is graded according to the GIA Grading Scale, which comprise alphabet letters starting from D to Z. Diamonds that are graded from D to F are the ones that are colourless and have the most sparkle when viewed facedown. On the other hand, diamonds get more yellowish when their grades are derived from the back portion of the alphabet list.

3. Clarity

Diamonds’ clarity is an indication of its internal purity. By using an ideal scope, you can check if there are any cracks or imperfections in the diamonds’ patterns, such as the hearts and arrows. The fewer imperfections these precious stones have, the rarer and more valuable they are.

4. Carat

When you see a friend’s engagement ring, the first question would typically revolve around the diamond’s carat weight. However, Casey warned us that contrary to popular belief, diamonds with larger carat weights may not necessarily be more valuable than those with smaller carat weights. Unfortunately, since greater carat weight would bring in more money for the average jeweller, diamond cutters often sacrifice brilliance to maximise their profit margins. Remember these 4Cs the next time you go diamond shopping, and sparkle on!

For more information about diamonds and JP’s unique customised rings, visit their website or YouTube page.