When you buy a diamond it is important to understand it’s basic characteristics – cut, clarity, color and carat weight. The four C’s of the diamond. For many the search, for the perfect diamond is a new experience that can often be overwhelming and scary, but this does not have to be the case. With the right guidance, you will learn to carefully evaluate each characteristic to make sure that when the time comes for you to buy a diamond you will be well prepared and ready to take the leap.
The cut of the diamond determines it’s brilliance. How well it reflects and refracts light. Simply put, the better the diamond is cut, the more sparkle it will have.
The color grade of a diamond actually refers to the lack of color visible within the diamond. Graded on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow). The most valuable diamonds contain little or no color at all.
A diamond’s clarity indicates the presence or absence of natural inclusions and blemishes within the stone. Almost all diamonds have tiny imperfections, their natural beauty.
The diamond’s carat refers to the unit of measurement for it’s weight. It is probably the one characteristic most people are familiar with and visually, it is the most apparent factor when comparing diamonds.
A diamond’s shape is one of it’s most defining chrachterists. All shapes are beautiful and unique and are a matter of personal prefernce.
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