What To Look For When Buying A Diamond

A little more on the 4 C's
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Diamonds are beautiful symbols of love, but they also can be very pricey, right?

Well, yes and no. If you know the “four C’s” of diamond grading and how they affect prices, it’s possible to get what you want in a price that fits your budget.

The four C’s of diamonds are cut, color, clarity and carat weight.

The price, rarity and beauty of a diamond are determined by the combination of the four C’s.

 

On Cut:

By cut, we mean the angles and proportions of a diamond.

For example, a diamond can be cut too deep or too shallow, which allows it to leak light through the side or bottom, resulting in a lackluster appearance and diminished value.

When shopping for a diamond, ask your jeweler to show you the diamond in various lighting conditions to see how it shines.

An “ideal” or “excellent” cut can command the highest price, while “near ideal” is less expensive without sacrificing much beauty.

 

On Color:

The Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) grades color alphabetically from D (totally colorless) to Z (light yellow or light brown).

The D–Z scale is continuous, so the difference between two color grades is very small.

The rarest of all colors is D colorless; these usually will be priced at a premium.

You may get a price break on a beautifully cut diamond with amazing fire whose color grade is J or below, as it is less rare.

 

On Clarity:

A diamond’s clarity refers to the presence of identifying characteristics on or within the diamond.

These imperfections are often microscopic, but they can also be dark, large or centrally located in the diamond. Jennifer Mokray, Gemologist at The Gem Collection, states “Inclusions on the sides of a diamond versus somewhere near the center are a more desirable as these inclusions aren’t much of a distraction for incoming light.”

Internally Flawless diamonds are completely free of blemishes and inclusions and are usually sold at a premium price.

You may get a price break on a very desirable diamond that has clarity much lower on the scale. These are less rare, so usually less expensive, while they can still be very beautiful.

 

On Carat Weight:

This refers to the diamond’s weight and its size. Generally, the larger the diamond, the rarer — and the more expensive it is.

Start shopping today and let The Gem Collection help you find a wonderful diamond in the price range you desire.

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