Understand your jewelry

It all begins with an idea. No matter what you want to purchase or create, it all starts with your own idea. In this page we have gathered some of the most basic information you need to undestand the components of the jewelry you are about to buy.

 
Different rings bands
Different stone settings
The gold we use
Diamond grading - The 4 C
Shapes of diamonds



    Different ring bands

     



    Different stone settings


    How the stones are set in a ring can vary a lot depending on what kind of design it is and how large the stones are. 
    A common question our customers ask us is whether it is better to choose a 4 or a 6 prong-setting in a solitaire ring? 

    We normally recommend the 6 prong setting because it is more secure and looks very elegant with larger stones. The 4 prongs covers less surface of the diamond and thus take in slighlty more light, but it doesn't make a such a difference that it would be worth to cutting down on the security aspect. Think about it long-term, perhaps you want the ring to be in the family for some time. Finally it is up to the customer and prefeerence of the design. 

     

     


    The gold we use - Gold & White gold

     
    Gold is primarily differentiated by its purity on a scale from 0 to 24 karat, where 24 karat is 100% pure gold.

    The market standard and the recomended purity for jewelry is 18K (karat) and stands for 75% pure gold and 25% other materials such as zinc, copper, nickel, etc. The additional metals in 18K gold serve to make the alloy harder and more durable than pure gold, which is too soft for jewelry. 

    You can recognize 18K purity of the gold by the stamp, ususally 18K, 18Kt, 18ct, 18k, or sometimes, 18K gold can also be marked with a number such as 750, 0.75, or a similar, denoting that the jewelry contains 75% gold (or 750 parts per thousand).

    At Top Crystal Stockholm we only use 18K gold of the finest quality available on the market and use recycled gold from one of the the largest suppliers in Nordics.  



    How to understand diamond grading - The 4 Cs

     

    Diamond cut (1)

    The most important of the categories. A proper cut will make the diamond reflect more light and sparkle more. We only use diamonds that are well cut and have a great sparkle. For superior brilliance, it is recommended to choose a diamond with a Cut grade of Very Good or Excellent for round diamonds. 


    The grade-scale:   EXCELLENT  –  VERY GOOD  –   GOOD  –  POOR

     

     



    Diamond Color (2)

     
    The second most important of the 4Cs is the diamond color. It refers to the lack of color, in other words, the less color the diamond have, the higher the grade.

    The most popular choice is Top Wesselton diamond color which on the scale is represented between F – G.



    Diamond clarity (3)


    The level of diamond clarity tells us about the diamond inclusions. This is the least importatnt of the 4Cs due to the inclusions beeing microscopic and very difficult to see with the naked eye. 

    Our general recommendation is to go for the diamonds with the best value, Slightly Included (SI) and Very Slightly Included (VS) grades are a great grade because the inclusions will not be readily noticeable without magnification.  

    And remember, natural diamonds are compressed carbon and all diamonds are unique in their own way.

     

     



    Diamond Carat (4)


    Carat is the measurement unit for diamonds and tells us the weight of the diamond. A diamond carat weighs 200 milligrams.

     

     



    Diamond shapes