Do you know about diamonds? How to choose a diamond? What to look for in purchasing a quality diamond? Welcome to Diamonds 101.

The History behind the Diamond Ring

How did the Diamond Engagement Ring come to be?? The belief is that the Roman customs dictated that a woman wear rings attached to small keys to indicate their h usbands ‘ownership’ of them. The first engagement ring on record, in 1477, the Archduke Maximillian of Austria employed a jeweler to create a diamond ring for his fiance, Mary of Burgundy. This started a precedent for the European nobility & aristocracy to follow suit. Maybe that’s how the phrase ‘keeping up with the Jones’ came about!

Diamonds 101: The 4C’s

Diamonds 101. When buying a diamond, there are FOUR THINGS to consider when choosing your stone.

These FOUR THINGS are:


Diamonds are not measured in weight, but in carats. And not the orange type that gets pulled out of the ground and eaten. Trust me, you would not want to try and bite a diamond….there’s a reason why it’s called diamond strength!! In metric terms, a carat is 200 milligrams. Each carat is then subdivided into 100 ‘points’, which allows the jeweller very precise measurements. This allows the jeweller to describe the ‘weight’ of a diamond in points if the diamond is below 1 carat. The largest diamond ever found weighed 3,106.75 carats and was called the Cullinan Diamond.


Do you know all the shapes Diamonds can come in? Diamonds come in many shapes. Some are more popular than others. Know the Tiffany ring? I’d be very surprised if you didn’t. That is the round brilliant ring. In the little blue box. Gee, even the box color is known as the ‘Tiffany Blue’. Impressive marketing there!!! Ok, enough chit chat. The different Diamond shapes are:

  • Round Brilliant
  • Emerald
  • Princess
  • Square Emerald
  • Marquise
  • Heart
  • Pear
  • Oval
  • Trillion
  • Radiant


Along with carats, Diamonds also come in varying clarities. The quality of Diamonds are graded on their degree of flawlessness.

  • FL / IF: Internally Flawless
  • VVS1 / VVS2 : Very Very Slightly Included
  • VS1 / VS2: Very Slightly
  • SI1 /SI2 / SI3: Slightly Included
  • I1 / I2 / I3: Included


Yes, you can get diamonds in other colors but this is not what I am referring to. A diamond has varying shades. These shades are:

  • Colourless
  • Near Colourless
  • Slightly Tinted
  • Very Light Yellow
  • Light Yellow
  • Fancy Colour (Rare, Very Rare & Extremely Rare)

So when a diamond is described as a fancy color, they are referring to diamonds like the pink diamond, black diamond

Diamonds 101: Same but Different.

Do you want a diamond ring that is different, unusual?? Want everyone to ooh & ahh over your partners ring?? Diamonds don’t just come in ‘clear’. There are many rare and unique colours of diamonds, for instance the Argyle Pink, Olive, Blue, Black and the rarest of all – The Red Diamond. My favourite jeweller, Michael Wilson Jewellery in Eltham, Victoria who love to create diamond rings that are unique and bespoke & love to use the different coloured Diamonds.. Check out out their website

Diamonds 101: Modern or Vintage?

Modern or Vintage? Art Deco or Edwardian? Gatsby or Victorian? Classic Tiffany’s? Do you have a particular style that you have always been drawn to? Personally, my ideal engagement ring is emerald cut with side stones (ie. the above pic). What’s yours?

How does a Diamond speak to you (or your SO!)??

So, Diamonds 101 is over. Enjoy? Learn something? I hope so. Given you some ideas? I also hope so. Since class is now over, in order to pass, I need you to answer the questions on the Insta post here. I would love to help you plan the most creative and special proposal for the special person in your life. Check out my services page here. We can discuss so many ideas in a complimentary 45 minute Consultation. Contact me here to arrange your one-on-one time.



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