“Build your own” – what’s it all about?
Our website features a “build your own” configurator – we wanted to take a moment to tell you a little more about this. It’s a 3-step easy way of creating your perfect piece of jewellery – here’s how:
Step 1: Choose a diamond. This will all depend on the shape you want (round, square, etc.) and what your budget is (you’ll find your budget goes a long way with Ethical Diamonds!)
Step 2: Choose your setting. There’s lots to choose from, whether it’s a ring, a pendant or earrings, you can select the metal (all our jewellery uses upcycled metals) and the style of the setting.
Step 3: Finally, see an image of your complete piece of jewellery before purchase – and imagine how amazing it’s going to look when it’s worn .
Ok, now for a bit more detail:
What shape of diamond do you want?
This will depend on individual tastes – a round cut is the most classic; a square cut such as a radiant, asscher or princess may make a bolder statement.
The “4 Cs”:
– Colour: diamonds are graded from D, which is colourless, down the alphabet, so a K or L will have a more yellow hue. It’s often difficult for non-experts to distinguish between colours, so a lower grade colour offers the best value for money
– Clarity: this goes from “flawless” to diamonds with “inclusions”. Often, inclusions are not visible to the naked eye, so a diamond with small inclusions is sometimes preferable from a budget perspective
– Cut: ranging from excellent (also called ideal) to poor, the cut is basically the amount of sparkle you can see in the refraction of light through the stone. All Ethical Diamonds have excellent or very good rated cuts, so you can be sure you’ll see the beauty of these diamonds sparkling through!
– Carat size: the diamond’s weight, so essentially its size
The four Cs all combine to determine the price of the diamond, so a diamond with large carat size but lower grade cut or colour may be less expensive than a smaller one with top grade colour and clarity, for example.
What setting will best show off the beauty and sparkle of the diamond?
This encompasses things like the choice of metal, and the style of the piece of jewellery. For example, a solitaire ring in yellow gold with a claw setting is traditional for an engagement ring, whereas rubover settings in white gold give a more modern look.
You can also check out our diamond buying guide here for some more detail.
Our configurator takes you through all these steps and allows you to create the perfect piece of jewellery for you (or, of course, your loved one ). Have a browse of our made-up jewellery or see the configurator, and if nothing there catches your eye you can contact us to arrange a bespoke design just for you!
Questions/comments? Please feel free to post!