OUR GREAT MINDS

    by Linita E. Mathew

    Diamond Dilemma

    He sat on the edge of the bench, palms sweaty, a weight in the pit of his stomach. He sat on the cold bench staring at the city’s most prominent jewellery store which lay just a few steps in front of him. Slowly he inhaled as he pondered the most important decision of his life. In his growing stillness, memories flooded through his mind of all the beauty that defined her. He knew that no matter which path he took in life, it would always end with her. Abruptly, he stood up, brushed off his pants and strode directly for the door.

    Life, as we know it, often rushes past us in the blink of an eye. There’s much value in capturing these moments, milestones, and landmarks. At this point in the game, you may have a rewarding career, a lavish lifestyle, but perhaps there is something lacking that makes you feel incomplete. Is it time to take the next step, perhaps the most important step of your life, and secure it with the ideal diamond to set her heart on fire? The blissful accompaniment of a milestone is best captured with the perfect piece of jewellery; these symbolic gestures, like milestones, should be momentous, exquisite, and leave a rare and lasting impression.

    Canada is the third-largest producer of diamonds. This means that before you make one of the largest investments of your life, you must get your facts straight. All diamond investors should be knowledgeable of the core comparison essentials of the diamond known as the 4C’s: carat, colour, clarity, and cut, which determine the value of your investment.

    Here’s a Closer Look at These Characteristics:

    Carat refers to the weight of the diamond (e.g., .5 = a half carat). When choosing the ideal diamond, size does not always matter. Keep her personality in mind: a shy or timid woman will perhaps feel uncomfortable drawing constant attention to her hand; she may prefer the symbolism of the diamond to dominate. If her personality is more flamboyant, then perhaps a higher value of carat will better suit her. Ask yourself how you expect she’ll feel wearing her diamond ring. Generally speaking, the higher the weight in carats, the higher the price will be. However, this is not always the case, hence the remaining C’s …

    Colour should exhibit transparency; avoid tinges of grey (or in some cases, yellow). Colourless diamonds are among the rarest and are deciphered using the Gemological Institute of America scale, which ranges from D (colourless) to Z (fancy-coloured). When making your purchase, try to stay within the range of D to I, straying outside of this range may deter you from the results you expected to receive.

    In the case of diamonds, beauty is not always in the eye of the beholder as each diamond carries its own unique DNA. The clarity of a diamond reveals what your diamond looks like under a magnification of 10 times, showing what lies beneath the surface truly matters more. The DNA chart consists of these levels—“included” and observable by the unaided eye (smaller crystals embedded within the diamond); slightly more included; slightly included, very slightly included; very, very slightly included; and internally flawless inclusions. In essence, and similar to your intentions demonstrated to your future father-in-law, your diamond should be clear and flawless!
    The cut is the icebreaker, and if you want her to say “yes,” pay attention! Arguably, the most crucial aspect of a diamond, the cut refers to the bond that emerges between the diamond and reflected light, according to how deep the cut is made. Think of a diamond as a work of art. A diamond is considered a remarkable work of art when the cut has been mastered, and it gleams from every which way. The level or skill the artist uses to create the diamond “shines” through in three very important aspects of the cut: brilliance (reflection of white light), dispersion (breaking white light into spectral colours), and scintillation (sparkle, intense flashes of light). When she walks in the room, everyone will know that she is a lucky girl just by the breathtaking display on her ring finger.

    The term “diamond” originates from the Greek language, “derived from the word adamas, which translates as ‘unconquerable’”; it exudes magnificence and an illustration of perfection. A diamond is not only a symbol of commitment, it is a jewel that will immortalize her by infusing her own persona into every chosen detail. A woman’s diamond embodies her, not because it belongs to her, but because it epitomizes her. As the saying goes, “life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” So go ahead, leave her breathless.

    Source: “The Four C’s of diamonds”

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