Just like a stone‚Äôs Carat, its Colour is also clarified against an industry standard grading system. The full spectrum of diamond colour runs from D to Z, whereby a D grade stone will be almost colourless and thus the most desirable and most expensive. To the naked-eye, it is almost impossible to discern between a D and an E stone, and even experts need a comparison stone to grade against.
When purchasing a diamond ring, it‚Äôs important to remember that the minute colour differences of the diamond may well be slightly skewn by the colour of the mount and the ring, which the facets of the stone reflect.
Clarity is the term used to signify the number of natural flaws or inclusions in a diamond that is formed over millions of years. Also known as ‚Äònatures fingerprints‚Äô, they look like tiny crystals, clouds or feathers that are invisible to the naked eye. The beauty of a diamond will not be greatly affected by inclusions as the setting or the mount can hide these. These are ranked on a scale of perfection called clarity, which means that the fewer inclusions a diamond has, then the greater the clarity, making it more valuable. VVS2 denotes the highest clarity with SI1 being the least.
Diamond Certificates detail the specifications and are your assurance of a diamonds quality. At Hatton by Design we offer two leading laboratory reports, American GIA and UK IDRCLAB. For your piece of mind, all our reports are from independent laboratories who follow the world wide diamond grading guide lines.