If you're unsure of what your partner might be dreaming of...
We understand that at a time like this there is enough pressure on as it is, will she...won't she, should I ask her Dad first etc.. not to mention getting the right shape of diamond, how many? And in the right metal with the right style and don't forget her finger size...
So buying a loose diamond to propose with might be the perfect answer, whether you've got a budget in mind or not, we can talk through different sizes, shapes, colours and and prices.
Form Bespoke Jewellers - Diamonds Contacts - We are very fortunate to have many good contacts within the jewellery trade, especially within the diamond and gemstone sector. We are able to contact our friends in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Israel and New York, not forgetting London of course... To get the best choice and prices for you, when looking at creating you a bespoke engagement ring, bespoke wedding ring, or piece of diamond gift jewellery.
Please use our contact form to get in touch or give us a ring and we'll be able to go through all the different qualities, colour, size cuts and shapes of diamonds and all prices to go with them
There are different grading company's that certify diamonds; GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is one of the best. Please see below their explanation on how to choose the right diamond for you.
The Four C's
These are related to the amount of Carats of the diamond, the Colour of the diamond, the Clarity and Cut of a diamond:
Carat indicates the weight of a diamond, the bigger the diamond the rarer it is and the more expensive it becomes. Statistically a 1 carat is one in a million diamonds mined. Weight is measured in Carats and points, a bit like pounds and pence, there are 100 points to one carat. So a quarter of a carat is 25 points and an 80 point diamond is just over 3/4 of a carat.
Diamonds range from colourless to light yellow and light brown. It's also called the D to Z colour range, the scale begins with D (colourless) and continues through the alphabet to Z. Within the D to Z range, when all other factors are equal, colourless diamonds are by far the most valuable. The colour scale: D-E-F are colourless and G-H-I-J are near colourless. At Form Bespoke Jewellers we usually try to stay with the colours D to H, lower than H you will start to see tinges of yellow in your diamonds.
Clarity is the evaluation of the diamonds internal and external characteristics. The fewer inclusions or blemishes, the more desirable the diamond. Clarity characteristics become part of a diamond during formation or result from crystal structure. They might also result from damage to the stone or be introduced during cutting or treatment. The clarity scale starts at the top with Flawless (F/IF) down to I 3 which is one step off industrial use (apparently)...So from the top Flawless and Internally Flawless, then to VVS1 & VVS2, which means 'very very slight inclusions', then to VS1 & VS2 which means 'very slight inclusions', next is SI1 & SI2 this means 'slight inclusions' down to the bottom grading I1, I2, I3, which means 'inclusions'. At Form we usually work between F & IF to VS2 or SI1. At these scales you will get a truly beautiful stone, one you'll be proud of.
The cut of a diamond is incredibly important to how a diamond looks, if the angles of the facets have been cut incorrectly the light won't reflect around the stone in the right way. A diamond is cut in a certain way so the light comes into the diamond, and reflects around it and then should leave the diamond straight out of the top facet (the table), if a diamond is too shallow or too deep the light is reflected incorrectly and may leave out of the side of the diamond and this is when a stone will look as though there is no life to it. The proportions and the make/cut of the diamond can make or break the way it looks, even if a diamond has a D colour and a VVS clarity grading, if it has been cut poorly it won't have any life or fire in it and it will look dead, a lot of diamonds sold on the internet have this against them, they may look good on paper but when you get to see them it's often a different story.
Form Bespoke Jewellers Diamond Policy
Every diamond supplied at Form Bespoke Jewellery is conflict-free and child labour free.
At Form Bespoke Jewellers we are aware of the problem of conflict diamonds and have taken measures to guarantee that no conflict diamonds enter our supply chain or our bespoke jewellery.
Thanks in great part to international cooperation between governments, the diamond industry, retail jewellers and non-government organizations such as Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada, vast improvements have been made in the fight against conflict diamonds.
The Kimberley Process
The World Diamond Council has worked successfully with the United Nations, governments and groups such as Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada to introduce a system for the certification of the source of uncut diamonds to prevent the trade in conflict diamonds. This system, known as the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), was formally adopted in November 2002, and came into operation on January 1, 2003.
How Does the Kimberley Process Work?
The KPCS requires participating governments to ensure that each shipment of rough diamonds exported be in a secure container and accompanied by a uniquely numbered, government-validated certificate stating that the diamonds are conflict-free. Over 45 countries participate, representing all the nations with significant involvement in the diamond trade. All 45 importing countries agree not to accept any rough diamonds without an approved Kimberley Process Certificate.