As far back as the early 1900s, watchmakers have been adding diamonds to their timepiece. The highly coveted gem didn’t disappoint either as it gives an entrancing radiance to both the watch and the wearer.
Diamond counts and design in watches vary. They range from lone diamonds to a congregation of diamonds arranged in a sparkling pave or graphically.
When shopping for diamond wristwatches, what you want to watch out for the most is the color, size, and the way the gem is integrated into the watch.
One of the popular ways of integrating diamonds in watches is to incorporate the gems in the bezel and/or use them as hour markers.
In this article, we’ll answer the common questions people ask about diamond watches as well as provide tips to help you find the perfect captivating timepiece.
How Do I Know If the Diamond in a Watch is the Real Deal?
Identifying a real diamond is not so easy. To keep things short, we’ve compiled 4 things you should look out for. Experts refer to these 4 factors as the 4 Cs. They are:
In their natural form, diamonds have an octahedral shape. But in watches, they come in a variety of different cuts. We see them in round, oval, pear, princess, and marquise cuts.
The above cuts are then essentially divided into mixed cuts, brilliant cuts, and step cuts.
The clarity of diamonds can be measured with different scales. One of them is the clarity grading scale. Its values are graded from the highest to the lowest values.
Before buying a diamond watch make sure the diamonds in it are very clear. Also, ask the seller or the watchmaker the clarity value of the stones.
Diamonds are measured in carats. But since the diamonds used in watches are smaller and for better accuracy, 1 carat is usually split into 100 points.
So opt for a diamond watch with higher carat, though they may cost more.
A colorless diamond is valued higher than its yellow counterpart. Despite that, diamonds with a yellow tone normally suit most watches than any other.
What Are The Different Ways Diamonds Are Integrated Into Watches?
Diamonds are inserted in watches depending on the 4 Cs – cut, clarity, carat, and color. Some of the most common ways diamonds are set in watches include:
In this kind of arrangement, diamonds (mostly round cuts) are set on the watch surface in regular intervals, creating a coat of diamonds.
The stones are held in place by grains (that cannot be seen by the naked eye) and metal wiring. This kind of setting is also used in engagement rings.
Other techniques of setting diamonds in watches are grain, random, invisible, and graduated methods.
What Type Of Diamond Watch Should I Buy?
Steel diamond watches are practical for everyday use while platinum and gold diamond watches are typically seen as dress watches.
For men, a diamond watch with a precious metal casing with or without a bracelet is ideal. And if you like, you can have someone build a custom watch using different metals.
Common metals used in making watch cases are gold, platinum, steel, titanium, and ceramic (which comprises of zirconium oxide).
When investing in a high worth diamond watch, you should secure it. Look for a good insurance company around you that specializes in insuring timepieces.