Extra InformationWhat you need to know
The Woman behind the bench:
Madelene Louwrens has always had a liking in jewellery and diamonds from a young age and it was only appropriate that she studied her passion and furthered her skills in this industry. She Studied for four years at the University of Tshwane and obtained her Baccalareus in jewellery design and manufacture in 2012.
Thereafter she started her shop at Green Olive village as has been there since.
She is a free spirit and let’s the raw materials speak to her and help her design every piece for her clients. We strive to give our clients only the best quality and products.
We also hope to educate our clients in the wonders of the materials under the earths surface we use and hope you fall in love as we do every time we work with a natural item from the creation of God.
Diamond Anatomy & Cut Quality
What are the 4 C’s of a diamond?
Diamond Cut specifically refers to the quality of a diamond’s angles, proportions, symmetrical facets, brilliance, fire, scintillation and finishing details. These factors directly impact a diamond’s ability to sparkle, along with its overall aesthetic appeal.
More importantly, though, is ensuring Cut is a focal point of your diamond selection. Even a pristine 2 Carat Diamond with no blemishes or colour tinting can be dull if it’s not cut exceptionally well. Cut is the biggest indicator of beauty, and should be made priority over the other C’s. As an example, this 1.50 Carat Round Brilliant is graded well for each “C” but lacks a vivacious sparkle.
Cut: The most important aspect of a diamond that most readily impacts a diamond’s beauty. Look for high levels of brilliance and fire, and be willing to reduce your spending in other areas like Clarity or Colour to ensure an exceptional Cut.
Often when people hear the term “Carat Weight,” they think it refers to the size of the diamond. In actuality, Carat refers to the weight of the diamond, not how large the stone is. A 1 Carat Diamond equals 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams—and weighs about the same as a quarter of a raisin. Depending on the Diamond’s Shape and how it is cut, two 1 Carat Diamonds might be quite different in size.
While Carat weight is an element to consider when buying a diamond, the overall appearance and brilliance should carry more importance. For example, a mediocre 1.5 Carat diamond will not shine as brightly—or draw as much attention—as a stunning 1.0 Carat diamond, no matter how much more it weighs.
Carat: Last but not least. Consider what is important for you and the one you love, but remember that brilliance and beauty will outshine mere weight each and every time. Be open to lowering your Carat weight to ensure you purchase a stunning diamond.
Diamond Colour is graded in terms of how white or colourless a diamond is. The GIA grades diamonds from D to Z, with D being the most colourless, and Z containing noticeable brown or yellow tint.
The pricing of diamonds usually reflects these grades—sometimes significantly. In most cases, the naked eye cannot tell the difference between two adjacent colour graded diamonds, though the price difference may be significant.
Colour: The second most important aspect to focus on. A diamond should look white or colourless to the naked eye. Ensure the Colour does not distract or interfere with white and coloured light reflection.
Depending on the size, location and darkness of blemishes and inclusions, these imperfections can interfere with light as it passes through the diamond. When this happens, the brilliance and beauty of the diamond is dulled, taking away from the high quality Cut.
For Clarity, our primary recommendation is to ensure the diamond is eye clean, and that inclusions are not interfering with light reflection.
Clarity: The third most important characteristic on the list. Choose a diamond that is eye clean. Blemishes and inclusions should not distract from the brilliance or fire of a diamond.