How To Select Diamonds

Every piece of diamonds are graded by laboratories using grading criteria. Important to note the 4 of these criteria when making a diamond purchase or investment. Known as the “Four C’s” these criteria are: color, cut, clarity and carat.

Color is the result of the composition of a diamond and it does not change. Color refers to the presence or absence of color in white diamonds. A diamond with no color allows maximum light to pass through are preferred for their sparkle. Cut refers to a diamonds reflective quality. For most diamonds, it is cut with 58 facets. The brilliance of diamonds cut determine by each different angles to reflect light and cause its brilliance and fire. The formation of diamonds can have inner flaws, or inclusions occur. The number and size of these inclusions determine what is referred to as the clarity of a diamond. Diamonds that are clear create more brilliance and therefore are rarer and highly priced. Carat defined as the unit weight diamonds are measured. One carat equals to 200 mg and is divided into 100 segments called points. One and a half carats will equal to 150 points. Knowing the “four C’s” allows you to comparison shop and purchase the best diamond at a fair price.