There are four details that jewelers pay close attention to when determining the value of a diamond: cut, clarity, color and carat. These are known as the 4 C’s of a diamond. Understanding these details will help you find the right diamond for you.
Cut: most likely the most important of the four C’s. Although the meaning is usually mistaken as shape, cut actually refers to the angles and proportions of a diamond. A good cut will result in light shining in the diamond and bouncing back out to the eye, resulting in good “brilliance.” A poor cut is when light goes in the diamond and then leaks out the sides and bottom, resulting in less brilliance.
Clarity: this refers to the blemishes and inclusions of a stone, which are the two types of flaws in a diamond. Blemishes are scratches and chips. Inclusions are air bubbles, cracks and other materials found. Nearly all diamonds have flaws; a flawless diamond is rare. But that doesn’t mean that a diamond with flaws can’t be striking.
Color: this refers to the presence or absence of color in a diamond. The color of the stone cannot change. A colorless diamond allows more light to pass through, giving more sparkle, and thus resulting in a more valuable diamond. So, the whiter it is, the more value the diamond has.
Carat: this is the weight of the diamond, not the amount of gold. Usually diamonds are found in small amounts. So, naturally, larger diamonds are going to be more expensive.
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