A token of
You’ll ;nd a wide selection of ;ne jewellery
at your local Costco warehouse.
FOCUS ON FESTIVE
comeback. But the round brilliant is the
most popular choice by far, followed by
princess (square) cuts.
It’s the cuts you don’t see at first glance
that cause a diamond to flash. Facets on
the back pavilion (bottom part of the diamond) of the stone reflect light, creating
that rainbow glitter. If you want serious
sparkle, go with the brilliant cut.
Clarity is also important, and dia-
monds are graded for this. Truly flawless
diamonds are rare. Most diamonds con-
tain inclusions—minute flaws that resem-
ble tiny clouds under magnification and
come with a code: VS for very slightly
included, SI for slightly included and I for
imperfect. Each category is numbered, ;
THERE’S A SCENE in
Love Actually in which
character unwraps a
Christmas gift from
her husband, expecting
to find a gold heart
necklace (a gift he’d
bought for another woman). Instead, she
gets a Joni Mitchell CD. If you’re female,
you felt that in the gut. The right jewellery
gift (for the right woman) can be a very
poweful expression of your love.
When searching for the perfect jewellery for someone special, you have two
choices: you can pay attention to what she
wears, take her shopping and see what
lights her up, or you can just stick to the
classics. Either way, fine jewellery is an
investment, so shop for quality and wearability. As designer Cynthia Renée puts it:
“Jewellery should feel alive and sensual on
the body, not stiff or sharp.” The tips that
follow can help you find the right diamond,
gem or pearl set this festive season.
A girl’s best friend
Let’s start with the ultimate gift of love,
the diamond ring. If you want a rock that
sparkles, you need to first understand the
basics of clarity and cut. Shape is the most
obvious part of the cut. Marilyn Monroe
sang about pear shapes in Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes, and ovals are making a
being the least included in each category.
Ask to see certification on this, so that you
know it has been verified by a gemologist.
Costco doesn’t sell diamonds graded less
than a VS;, by the way, a quality standard
more on par with Bond Street than High
Street—but with a much better price tag.
As a rule, when you have good cut and
clarity, prices climb sharply after the first
carat. Small diamonds are more plentiful
and therefore more affordable than larger
ones. If you’re on a tight budget but want to
lend your modest-size diamond some heft
and sparkle, consider a “halo” setting: a
diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds.
For the ring, most people opt for white
metal, which includes white gold and platinum, with diamonds. White gold is less
expensive than platinum but doesn’t wear
quite as well. While ;;-carat gold is fine for
fashion-forward jewels, you don’t want to
go below ;; carat for a diamond ring. If
you’re springing for a diamond larger than
a carat, go with platinum.
Your bride already wears an engagement ring? You can’t go wrong with an eternity ring. These can be worn on either hand,
sport coloured gems as well as diamonds,
and are easily layered with other rings.
Next to diamonds, the most popular
precious gem is blue sapphire. It’s also a
popular choice for engagement rings,
A guide to buying