Every Armans Diamond Engagement Ring starts with a diamond chosen for its impeccable character and superior quality. Each stone has been polished and cut to maximise its brilliance and exceptional beauty. Each Diamond has a different nature and is cradled perfectly into your diamond engagement ring to treasure forever.
When looking for a diamond, for your engagement ring you will hear mention of the Four C’s. This is the criteria used to evaluate diamonds based on carat weight, cut, colour and clarity. However, diamonds that appear similar when judged by these criteria alone can vary in beauty. Armans selects diamonds for your engagement ring with the highest level of gemmological expertise.
A diamond’s size is measured by weight, expressed in carats divided into points. A carat equals 100 points or 1/5 of a gram. Diamonds of higher carat weight are generally more valuable because they are found less frequently in nature. But diamonds of equal carat weight may vary greatly in value because they differ in the quality of their cut, color and clarity.
Therefore weight alone is a poor guide for evaluating a diamond, since it is a complex combination of factors that determines a diamond’s beauty and quality.
Though diamonds are transparent, almost all diamonds display some slight hint of color. A diamond’s color is assessed against a scale from D through to Z —based on a standardized color grading system that has been internationally accepted since the 1950s.
In creating engagement rings, Armans selects diamonds only from the top five grades. These diamonds are deemed colorless; they are the rarest and the most valuable diamonds in the world.
Almost all diamonds have slight internal and surface characteristics, most of them too small to be seen by the naked eye. When viewed using a magnification of 10, they can take various forms such as tiny crystals, clouds or feathers.
To determine a diamond’s clarity grade, a gemologist will consider its size, location, quantity and nature. Diamonds possessing no such characteristics are categorized as Flawless (FL) or Internally Flawless (IF).
In general, the greater the imperfections are in number and size, the lower the clarity grade. Our diamonds are selected from the clarity grades of Flawless through S12, where no inclusions are visible to the naked eye.
The beauty of a diamond’s sparkle is the result of how well it has been cut. The aspects of cut that contribute most to a diamond’s beauty are proportion, symmetry and polish.
Although nature determines the characteristics of a piece of diamond rough, the hands of the master cutter release its fire and brilliance.
When a diamond is cut to exact proportions—neither too deep nor too shallow—light will reflect inside the stone from one mirror-like facet to another and reappear to the eye in a flash of spectral colours.
Armans diamonds are cut and polished to maximise their beauty—even though such a strict standard requires sacrificing much more of a rough diamond’s weight.