Candlelight Diamonds - The Cushion Cut
Since Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement, it seems the flood gates have opened with a flurry of high profile engagements in recent months with Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman and Lily Allen all spotted showing off their beautiful rings.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the excitement is far from over. It’s a fabulous time to propose, with almost everyone in a romantic frame of mind!
Buying a diamond is a very important purchase, so before you get down on one knee Jennifer Brown of Portfolio of Fine Diamonds, has some practical and helpful advice on what you should be looking for...
“One of the most important things is to buy a certificated diamond, which has been assessed and graded by an independent gemmological laboratory. There is a great temptation in the diamond industry to exaggerate the quality of a stone, which can have a huge impact on price. Portfolio of Fine Diamonds is unique as everything is transparent, so you know exactly what you are buying, and our prices are consistently lower than anywhere else on the high street.”
Some say you will know when you see it, for others the bigger the better – and sometimes you just put it on and never want to take it off. For Jennifer, there’s just something about a cushion cut:
“Until recently, it was difficult to find cushion cut diamonds for sale outside of estate sales and auctions. Now cushion cuts are enjoying a surge in popularity and are again being offered by select diamond sellers like Portfolio of Fine Diamonds stockists.
The cushion cut diamond is an antique cut, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘candlelight diamond’ as it was designed prior to electric lights, when diamonds were cut to sparkle in candlelight – there’s something irresistibly romantic about that, it just exudes glamour and brings to mind the screen sirens of old Hollywood.”
Each diamond is unique so just enjoy the moment and take time to consider what you want from your ring. Jennifer concludes:
“A great way to shop is by going online to www.portfoliooffinediamonds.com which has an up to date catalogue of Portfolio diamond rings from each Portfolio stockist. Each piece is fully detailed with the 4 C’s (Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat) and can be reserved for viewing in the showroom of your choice, which is invaluable when you can’t quite make up your mind!”