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Fine Jewellery Buying Guide

Fine Jewellery Buying Guide

To buy a piece of fine jewellery is to make an investment that will be treasured for years to come, and by future generations. So whether you’re searching for the perfect engagement ring or a spectacular pendant to set off evening looks, make your decision an informed one by consulting our Fine Jewellery Buying Guide.

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  • The 4 C's

    Carat, Cut, Colour and Clarity; the 4Cs of Diamond Quality is the universal method by which diamonds are assessed. While a focus tends to be put on carat size, the quality of two stones of the same size can vary dramatically when cut, colour and clarity are taken into consideration…

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  • Cut

    Contemplating cut involves much more than the shape – round, pear, oval – alone, it requires the careful planning of the proportions and positions of a diamond’s facets.

    A well-cut diamond will see light reflected from one facet to another before it disperses through the top, maximising the diamond’s brilliance.

  • Colour

    Naturally varying in colour, diamonds are typically graded on the Gemological Institute of America scale of colour.

    Starting from the truly colourless D, the scale follows the alphabet through to the light yellow Z.

  • Carat

    Carat size refers to the weight of the diamond, with one carat equating to 0.20 grams.

    If there is more than one diamond in a piece of jewellery, the stones are weighed together rather than individually.

  • Clarity

    A diamond’s clarity takes both internal and external imperfections into account, so includes scratches and pits as well as naturally-occurring clouds or feathers within the stone.

    Totally flawless diamonds are exceedingly rare, but diamonds are rated by an industry-standard scale.

Gemstone Shapes

Princess
Princess

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Emerald
Emerald

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Heart
Heart

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Pear
Pear

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Round
Round

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Marquise
Marquise

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Cushion
Cushion

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“No two diamonds are alike, each must be handled the way you handle a person.”
Harry Winston

Jewellery After-Care

Ever since the launch of the original Gem Rooms in 1911, Harrods has played host to the very best edit of fine jewellery from the world’s leading luxury brands. Today, the Fine Jewellery Room is a veritable treasure trove, with glass-topped counters displaying exclusive pieces longside iconic collections, and with 13 luxurious boutiques that offer each brand’sunique experience encircling the room.

The Harrods Watch & Jewellery After Sales Service is located on the Lower Ground Floor. To make an enquiry please contact the department directly on +44 (0)20 7225 5615.

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