When you’re on the hunt for the perfect diamond engagement ring to seal that dream proposal, you want that diamond to sparkle. Dull diamonds don’t create the spark of fire that many envision when the ring box pops open, and many factors contribute to the rainbow of colors a diamond emits when light shines through the stone.
Before you settle on just any diamond, here are the most common myths you need to understand about the brilliance of a diamond.
Myth 1: All Diamond’s Sparkle!
So false. Not every diamond has the rainbow breathtaking brilliance that we associate with the stone. The cut and clarity of the diamond both affect how light penetrates the diamond. If a diamond is cut too deep or too shallow, light will not reflect and refract properly. Also, if a diamond has significant internal flaws that lower the clarity grade, then the sparkle also may be affected.
Myth 2: Bigger is Better!
A bigger diamond doesn’t shine any brighter than a smaller stone. The size doesn’t affect the brilliance and sparkle of the stone. If a diamond is cut properly and the stone is free of massive internal flaws, then the sparkle should be amazing. Go big or go small, but size isn’t an issue for sparkle!
Myth 3: Diamonds Are Indestructible
Some people believe that a diamond cannot break. While a diamond is the hardest gemstone, they can still break. Storing a diamond ring with other diamonds could cause the stones to scratch (a diamond can cut a diamond). Hitting the ring forcefully also could nick the girdle or cause a chip in the diamond’s table. Diamond shapes that feature sharp edges—like marquis and pear and princess—also are more prone to breaking at the tip. For this reason, sharp tips are typically protected with a special type of prong that completely covers the pointed edge. Diamonds can be broken!
Myth 4: Fluorescence Affects the Sparkle
A diamond’s fluorescence is visible only when the diamond is placed under ultraviolet light. If a diamond features fluorescence, the stone will emit a colorful glow (like blue). Sunlight or incandescent light won’t pick up the fluorescence and this feature doesn’t affect the brilliance of the diamond.
Myth 4: Shape Doesn’t Affect Sparkle
The shape of the diamond might mean that your diamond will have a little less sparkle. Shapes that feature step-facets like baguette, Asscher and Emerald have more shine than sparkle.
Myth 5: The Setting Doesn’t Matter
How you set your diamond can maximize the sparkle of your diamond. Solitaire settings that feature a raised center mount might allow more light to be directed into the stone. And adding a diamond halo around a center stone also adds more sparkle to the setting!
Myth 6: Diamonds Don’t Get Dirty
If you want to keep that fire, you need to clean your ring occasionally. Diamonds can become caked with soap, debris and other gunk that may affect the brilliance. Use a mild soap and a soft toothbrush to clean your diamond or take it to a professional for a cleaning.
When you’re on the hunt for that perfect sparkly diamond, you want to ensure that the diamond features a good cut and clarity. A poor cut diamond will not refract and reflect light properly, and a diamond that has many significant internal flaws could look cloudy. Remember, though, that size and fluorescence won’t affect the spark, but grime and the shape of the stone could affect that beautiful brilliance. To maximize the fire, add a diamond halo or choose a raised center mount for the stone. But don’t ever assume that a diamond is indestructible. Treat your diamond with care, because a chip will quickly extinguish the fire from your beautiful diamond.