Editor’s Update (22/October/2016):
We recently got to know Paul Gian, a Singaporean GIA Diamonds Graduate and he has a very interesting resource on choosing the perfect diamond ring for that very special occasion. We have curated his content and his real-life experiences with diamonds is certainly worth a read. For the gentlemen who are largely clueless about diamonds and such; we highly recommend that you check out his site at http://beyond4cs.com/ as it is very comprehensive and it will give you all the information that you need to know when you purchase a diamond ring.

What we really like about Beyond4Cs is the fact that Paul offers a free diamond guide Ebook and he has gone on to write reliable reviews about online jewellery stores that he recommends. You should really browse his site before burning a big hole in your pocket on diamonds which are not worth the money!

We were introduced to JannPaul Diamonds some time ago and it is really a big pity that we haven’t got to know them earlier because if not, we would have just customised our wedding bands there!

Established in 2009, JannPaul was started by three friends, two of whom are second-generation diamond specialists with families already in the jewellery industry. With noble efforts in wanting to educate the general public on diamonds and to squash the myths that come with the luxury price tag, the partners behind JannPaul have banded together in the hopes of realising their common passion. As the ‘mythbusters’ of the local diamond industry, JannPaul is best known for their unique concept of providing Diamond Education Sessions to their clients in their selection of Super Ideal Cut Diamonds, lasting from 1.5 to 2 hours each session. These non-obligatory sessions serve to educate potential clients on common mistakes that they make when choosing diamonds and as well as provide some helpful tips on diamond procurement.

Casey Lai, a man knowledgeable in the ‘science’ behind diamonds gave us a very thorough insight to choosing diamonds and we now know more than just the 4Cs of diamond basics. We were introduced to the Holloway Cut Adviser, the ASET Scope, and the Ideal Scope. With these 3 tools combined with the knowledge of the 4Cs, one would be able to procure the best diamond that is wallet-friendly.

Holloway Cut Adviser

The Holloway Cut Adviser estimates a round diamond’s appeal based on its potential Light Return, Fire, Scintillation, and Spread. Most people prefer stones that rate 1-2 on a scale where 0-2 is Excellent, 2-4 Very Good, 4-6 Good, 6-8 Fair, and 8-10 Poor.

You will need Total Depth %, Table % and Crown degree and Pavilion degree angles from AGS and 2006 GIA and IGI reports.

Holloway Cut Adviser gets no info on symmetry, polish and minor facets; use it only to reject likely bad performing diamonds to narrow down your final selection.

ASET Scope

The ASET Scope tells us where the reflected light from the diamond is coming from. Blue is directly overhead, green is from low angles, and red is in the middle. The ASET Scope is the preferred tool for evaluating fancy cut diamonds.

Ideal Scope

The Ideal Scope reveals areas of the light return, leakage, and obscuration of the diamond. It is easy to use and all you have to remember is that red is desirable and indicates light return while diamonds with too much white areas indicates problems with light leakage. The Ideal Scope is the preferred tool for evaluating round diamonds.

Had we known about all these 3 tools earlier, we would have made a more informed choice when buying diamonds. So for all you guys out there, do make use of these 3 tools when you are shopping for the engagement ring!

Most jewellery stores in Singapore may not have the ASET Scope or Ideal Scope and even if they have, they might not tell you and at most, they will only show you the Hearts & Arrows Scope. You can purchase an ASET Scope or an Ideal Scope from this website and have it shipped to Singapore.

However, if you don’t want to spend too much time evaluating diamonds, you might want to consider JannPaul’s Super Ideal Cut Diamond that is cut in mathematical proportions in which every facet is placed at the exact angles to create a perfect balance between optimum brilliance and the scattering of light.

As one of the first local jewellers to incorporate 3-dimensional technology for their ring customisation service, JannPaul is able to formulate realistic images of the ring before manufacture. This also allows for clients to try on life-size wax replicas of the ring, making the customisation process a breeze for anyone, and especially first-time engagement ring buyers. A cut above the rest, JannPaul does not place limitations on the number of customisation changes on their rings and instead look towards servicing and satisfying their client’s needs.

With one of the widest selection of the extremely popular Hearts and Arrows diamond cuts in Singapore, JannPaul boasts a range including the Solasfera, Cushion Brellia, Angel Cut, and Brilliant Lady diamond cuts. JannPaul’s latest collection is the Verragio Rings which features very beautiful and intricate designs that will certainly wow the ladies.

With an increasing clientele base, JannPaul is gaining in popularity both locally and internationally; and for a fair price, JannPaul is definitely the place for excellent quality diamonds! For more information and updates from JannPaul, do like JannPaul’s Official Facebook Page and if you would like to learn more about diamonds, do check out JannPaul’s Official Website!


Melvin is an Entrepreneur, Life Coach, and Chinese Metaphysics Practitioner. He holds an EMBA and he is a passionate and engaging teacher, known for his unique combination of science, research, and spirituality.

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