When it comes to all diamonds we place the highest emphasis on cut as that is what gives a diamond its life, its unparalleled brilliance among gemstones. Ideal cut white diamonds will mask some yellowish tint and inclusions due to the fire, life, scintillation and brilliance the stones possess. While in fancy colored diamonds color is first, to us cut is just as important. When it comes to both colorless or fancy colored diamonds, we select only stones that face up large for their weight, we never select deep stones, which is especially difficult in fancy colors but we believe that no one should pay for weight but size.
In the case of fancy colored diamonds most people would agree that out of the four Cs the first three would be Color, Color, Color. While there is a lot of truth to this, we consider cut and color equally important as stated above. In colorless diamonds color is simply a matter of preference, for some people warmer tones are actually more attractive and match their skin tones better. They especially look great in antique designs or set in yellow or rose gold. To boot it you can get a much larger stone for your money if you select a warmer stone. But again this is simply a matter of preference. Icy white high colors are truly spectacular of course.
In the case of fancy colored diamonds clarity is of little importance. We see rare pink and red diamonds selling for stellar prices while having an Included clarity grade. The strong body color and fabulous cut of a fancy colored diamond will hide most inclusions and thus make them not visible to the naked eye at all. In most cases, however, we still work with good clarity grades such as VS-SI. In colorless diamonds eye clean SI and some VS stones offer the best value but we work with all clarity grades. What is an inclusion anyhow? Inclusions in a diamond are like the fingerprint of the stone that nature put onto them during their creation; they are like a beauty mark on a beautiful woman, often adding to the beauty and unique nature of the stone. In addition, we often prefer at least a couple very minor inclusions in a diamond since the stone then becomes easier to identify in the future and thus it is a lot less likely that dishonest predators offering free cleaning or inspections replace the stone with cubic zirconia. Inclusions can also aid laboratories and professionals in determining that the origin of the diamond’s color is natural.
Carat weight or size is not a matter of quality but a matter of rarity, price and budget. All other Cs made equal the larger diamond is generally not linearly higher in price but costs several times that of its smaller counterpart. There are certain thresholds where the price and along with that the value of the diamond jumps; such are for example the half carat, one carat, two and three carat marks. That said, size does not necessarily equal beauty; a stunning smaller diamond makes a lot bigger impression than a poor quality larger stone and exquisite designs can bring out the beauty of smaller, top quality fancy colored as well as colorless diamonds. There is a diamond for every budget, you can sacrifice size but at Stella-Estrella we never sacrifice quality.