Schalins wedding rings are set with genuine brilliants (faceted, real diamonds) or Princess Cut real diamonds. The diamonds maintain the quality WSI up to and including 0.035 ct and WVS for larger stones. W stands for the colour white, SI and VS represent the clarity. To ensure the quality, we set all jewels ourselves.
For all gold rings set with diamonds from Schalins, a certificate completed by us is included. In the certificate we state the carat content of the gold, the quality and carat weight of the diamonds and the date of delivery. The certificate is a valuable document, please keep it. If the ring does not have a certificate, contact Schalins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wedding rings with stones of 0.50 ct and above are also delivered with a certificate from an internationally accredited institute such as GIA, IGI and HRD
The carat weight is engraved in all diamond rings. For example, 0.24 means that the ring is set with diamonds with a total carat weight equivalent to 0.24 carats.
Our diamonds are conflict free, and comply with The Kimberly Certification Scheme (KPCS), which comprises about 99.9% of world diamond production. See the document regarding this on our website or at your jewellers.
We buy our diamonds from European suppliers based in Antwerp. For us it is important that we do not deal with diamonds whose income contributes to conflict or other ills. We therefore place demands on our suppliers to work according to the provisions of the KPCS, which ensures that we do not deal in conflict diamonds but also focus on efforts to combat the abuse of human rights issues within the diamond industry.
We also set requirements for our suppliers to be certified members of
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). RJC is an organization where members are committed to working in accordance with an international standard whose purpose is to create a responsible business throughout the supply chain in the diamond industry concerning human rights, labour, the environment and many other important issues linked to the diamond trade.
As a buyer of diamonds we know today is not exactly where the diamonds originate in the absence of traceability in the supply chain from rough diamond to the finished jewel. Because we require our suppliers as above, we can be sure that our suppliers along with other actors in the different parts of the value chain are involved in contributing to improved labour and environmental conditions in the diamond industry.
About diamond quality
Schalins usually refer to Wesselton VS (WVS) for diamonds of 0.04 ct and larger and Wesselton SI (WSI) for smaller diamonds. Other qualities can be offered.
The diamond quality assessment is based on four factors: Cut, Colour, Clarity and carat weight, known as the ‘4Cs’.
Most people are familiar with carat weight. 1 Carat is equal to 0.2 grams. The term ‘carat’ originates from the Arabic word for the seed of the carob tree (kharrub) which was used by the Arabs as weights for their scales. These contained a weight of 0.195 grams. Diamonds of the same weight can vary depending on how they are cut; they can be low and wide or high and narrow.
Large diamonds are rarer than small ones, which affects the price. Smaller stones with a combined weight of 1 Carat therefore cost considerably less than one stone with a total weight of 1.00 Carat. The weight is given in Carats (ct.). It should not be confused with carat (K) which designates the amount of pure gold found in the metal.
The majority of diamonds have weak hues that are yellow, brown or blue in color. Diamonds with a distinct color belong to some of the rarest precious gems in the world. Completely colorless diamonds are also very rare. In the most instances, white diamonds are used and they are divided by hue.
Only 20 % of the world’s diamonds are of such high quality that they can be used for jewellery. The rest are used within industry. In order to determine the color of a diamond, a stone known as a ‘master stone’ is required for comparison. In order to determine the color, a stone cannot be set. The yellow color of a rose gold ring can easily trick the eye when grading a set stone.
The normal standards for Schalins Ringar are:
– Wesselton (W) white, for brilliant cut diamonds
– Top Wesselton (TW) rare white, for princess cut diamonds
Clarity is the number or size of the integral minerals or flaws which are generally found within the diamonds. These inclusions often consist of other minerals such as olivine and garnet. The clarity is determined when the diamond is magnified to ten times its size.
Clear inclusions mean that a trained observer can see the inclusions in an unset stone with a 10 x magnifying lens known as a loup. For an untrained observer, it is very difficult to see any difference in clarity in stones that are less than 0.20 ct.
The normal standards for Schalins Ringar are:
– VS (difficult to detect any inclusions) for diamonds of 0.04 ct. and larger
– SI (relatively easy to detect inclusions) for diamonds of 0.03 ct. and smaller
To cut a diamond requires very advanced craftsmanship. Through the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s, cutting methods were refined and diamonds began to compete with the cultured pearl, which at that time was the most popular jewellery adornment. In principal, an uncut diamond looks just like any other stone. The most common cut is the round brilliant cut, with 57 cut sides. However these can also be oval, heart-shaped or drop-shaped. Brilliant cut means that the stone has 57 facets, 33 on the crown and 24 on the pavilion. In Scandinavia, the brilliant cut is the most common form of cut.