The 4 C’s of Diamonds
There are four components to consider when buying a diamond: cut, color, clarity and carat weight. These are known as the 4 C’s and they are the characteristics that determine the beauty and value of each and every diamond.
While the level of importance of each of the 4 C’s are determined by the owner of the diamond, here at Exclusively Diamonds, we put a strong emphasis on cut because it’s the one that really makes your diamond sparkle. Read on to learn about all of the C’s to help you determine what diamond will be perfect for you.
CARAT IS THE UNIT IN WHICH THE DIAMOND IS MADE
One carat equals to 0.2 grams or 200 milligrams. Carat weight is the prime factor that determines the weight of a diamond. Larger diamonds are undoubtedly costlier. Carat makes expressing diamond weight easier as compared to milligrams. Instead of giving three labels to diamonds weighing 20 milligrams, 211 milligrams and 220 milligrams, carat offers a category for fitting the diamonds in
One should not forget that high carat weight does not necessarily mean a
COLOR IS THE RESULT OF A DIAMOND’S COMPOSITION
While the jeweler talks about
For grading the color of diamonds, jewelers refer to GIA’s color scale that starts the rating with D for the colorless diamonds and grows up to Z as the traces of light yellow or brown color are found in the diamond. Diamonds graded from D to F are amongst the most desirable and valuable stones. These diamonds are a delight for the diamond lovers. Nevertheless, if you have a low budget, you can also find good diamonds with lower grades. These diamonds are not exactly colorless but show no color to
Consider the setting of the diamond before choosing the grade of a diamond. If the setting for your diamond is platinum or white gold, go for high color grades, if you want to get it fitted in yellow gold, slightly
Fluorescence is found in the diamonds while they are exposed to ultraviolet light with
BLEMISHES AND INCLUSIONS DEFINE THE VALUE OF A DIAMOND
Diamond clarity means finding out characteristics of a diamond, including the blemishes and inclusions. If you consider the pressure that a diamond is
On a basis of clarity, grades are given to diamonds under loupe magnification. These grades vary from the ones that do not have blemishes or inclusions to those that do. There are different grades given to a
GIA certificates consist of a diamonds inclusion plot, as there is no similarity between two diamonds. The plot of the GIA certificate ensures the worth of the diamond you are planning to buy. It lets you have the assurance that the diamond you are receiving is the one you have paid for. If you are in a fix about what clarity grade you should choose, flawless is the best and rarest clarity grade.
Diamonds that are VS and VVS grades are great in terms of appearance and value. You can also invest in less expensive options that include SI2 and SI1 where inclusions can also not be seen by the naked eye.
A GREAT CUT PROVIDES BRILLIANCE TO THE DIAMOND
People often confuse diamond shape with diamond cut.
When a diamond has a good cut, light travels through it easily, adding to its spark. The light that is passed through the diamond because of cut is alone responsible for making the diamonds shine and increase their desirability. If a diamond is not cut properly, light enter through the table after reaching the facets, it leaks out from bottom or side, cutting down its brilliance.
Variance in proportions to poor cut and
Good Cut diamonds reflect most of the light that passes through them. The proportion of these diamonds is outside the preferred range. Diamonds that fall under this category will allow
The width of the diamond as measured through the girdle.
The top part of a diamond extending from the table to the girdle.
The bottom part of a diamond that extends from the girdle down to the
The height of the diamond as measured from the table to the
The largest polished facet located on the top of the diamond.
The edge of the diamond where the crown and the pavilion meet.
The small or pointed facet at the very bottom of a diamond.