Even though it is not one of the 4 Cs (color, clarity, cut, and carat weight), brilliance is an important quality to look for when looking at diamonds for your engagement or wedding ring. Diamond brilliance is an important factor in determining the quality value and price of the stone.
What Is Brilliance In A Diamond?
Diamond brilliance refers to the amount of white light reflected within the diamond. A diamond will appear to be more brilliant if it reflects more white light, a quality that makes it more sparkly and more expensive. Many people prefer such a diamond for their engagement or wedding rings because it prominently sits on the finger reflecting light.
Diamonds may have similar carat weight and color, but their brilliance will set them apart. The most brilliant diamonds gave the highest degree of clarity and often have fewer flaws compared to their less brilliant counterparts.
What Makes A Diamond Sparkle?
A diamond won't sparkle without reflecting light from within because diamonds don't naturally produce light. Diamond brilliance and sparkle results from its cut. When the cut is right, much of the light entering the diamond is reflected back to the viewer's eye, creating the much desired sparkle. If the cut is too deep, the gemstone will reflect most of the light out the side, and if it's too shallow, the light comes out of the bottom of the stone. The best cut reflects the light out the top of the gemstone causing the sparkle that dazzles and impresses viewers.
Brilliance vs. Fire
If you're new to the diamond world you may confuse diamond brilliance with diamond fire. Both contribute to the charm and appeal of the diamond, but are completely different. While diamond brilliance is the white light reflecting out of the gemstone, diamond fire produces a rainbow-colored sparkle.
How To Determine The Brilliance Of A Diamond
Diamond cut isn't the only factor affecting a diamond's brilliance. The number of facets also plays an important role in the brilliance of a given stone. Facets create diamond scintillation, the alternate sparkling of a diamond, which is possible because some facets don't reflect light. Some movement is necessary to gauge the scintillation of a gemstone: move round the diamond to evaluate its beauty.
What Is The Optimal Level Of Diamond Brilliance?
The brilliance of a diamond will depend on many factors the most significant being its cut. A well-cut diamond will give off maximum brilliance and will maintain its glow with proper care and maintenance. You need to partner with professional and experienced jewelers for the best cut and well-maintained diamonds for a brighter and lasting sparkle.
Learn More With Landsberg Jewelers
Diamond brilliance is an important factor when assessing the quality and value of the diamond. The first step towards the right diamond is finding the right jeweler. At Landsberg Jewelers, we believe in providing quality and affordable diamonds to all our customers. Purchasing a diamond amounts to a significant investment and we are here to guide our clients every step of the process. For more information, please contact us today.