THINKING OF BUYING A DIAMOND?
If you are thinking of buying a Diamond, you are about to enter an enchanted world of romance, intrigue, legend and history. Indeed, it was said that cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds. The Ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars that fell to earth, and some said that they were the tears of the Gods. Diamonds have been sought after, fought over and even worshipped, so it is appropriate they have become the ultimate gift of love.
Jewellery is special. It can last a lifetime. It can be an emotional sentimental experience that evokes wonderful memories while still giving pleasure for years ahead. When buying for you or others it helps to have an understanding of the qualities and characteristics of jewellery.
WHY A DIAMOND?
The reasons for buying a diamond are as diverse as the people who desire them.
Diamonds are beautiful. Formed millions of years ago, they have stood the test of time with fire and brilliance that is unquenchable. They create an aura of success and inspire feelings of pride.
Diamonds are durable. A diamond is the hardest natural substance known. They resist deterioration and you can be confident that the diamond you buy today will still shine brilliantly when your great-grandchildren wear it.
Diamonds are rare. For every carat of rough diamond recovered, more than 250 tonnes of ore have to be blasted, crushed and processed. Only 20% will be of gem quality.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND ON A DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING?
All that a diamond ring symbolises is priceless. But you have to be practical. So, how much should you spend on this significant purchase? Today, two months salary is generally considered to be a good guideline. Planning a wedding can be an expensive time, but remember, a costly reception and honeymoon quickly become a memory. However, a diamond will be with you forever and will be a constant sparkling reflection of your love for each other.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DIAMOND AND ITS SETTING
Diamonds need care to keep them at their brilliant best. A clean diamond reflects light better than one that has been dulled by skin oils, soap and cosmetics and greases. So it is important to clean your diamond regularly. Your jeweller is the best person to do this. The setting can be checked at the same time. However, it is possible to clean your diamond at home with a commercial cleaner with ammonia, detergent and warm water. Soak the diamond in the solution and scrub gently with a soft brush then rinse well.
It is advisable to take your jewellery for a professional clean and polish every year. Valuation updates should be obtained every two or three years from a qualified, registered valuer.