Clear Cut Classroom: Diamond Dictionary Part 2
Welcome to The Clear Cut Classroom where we take deep dives into all things diamonds (and jewelry)! In this episode, we go back to the basics. Listen in to learn the most commonly used diamond lingo so you can talk like an expert ✨👩🏫
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First, many of you may have heard the term “eye clean.” Clarity is graded by the number, intensity and position of inclusions (which look like tiny dark specks in the stone). You want to make sure your ring is “eye clean” AKA you cannot see any inclusions with the naked eye. They can be easy to miss so it’s important to work with an expert GIA gemologist to be safe. All diamonds are graded under a 10X magnification, but it’s fine if you see some inclusions under intense magnification. All in all, you just want to make sure you cannot see any with the naked eye.
Another term you may have heard is “spready.” This refers to the dimensions of the diamond. Being spready means that the dimensions of the diamond are larger than its typical carat weight counterpart. This usually results in the diamond being more shallow and holding more weight at the top. You have to be careful when it comes to spready diamonds because they are not always as amazing as they seem to be. The more shallow your diamond, the less brilliance (AKA the less sparkly!). It’s a delicate balance when it comes to spready diamonds -- all in all being spready is not the most important attribute.
The next term is “pavé” -- pronounced pav-ay. Pavé is when you have tiny diamonds close together down the band or up the prongs, or in a halo. I love this look!
The next term is a “halo” vs. a “hidden halo.” A halo is a frame of pavé diamonds around the center stone. Usually a halo gives an appearance of a larger diamond while a hidden halo is when you have small diamonds around the basket of the center stone. You don't see the hidden halo unless you look from the side. A hidden halo decorates a structural part of the basket of your ring, while a halo setting is the actual stylistic setting.
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