4 C's of Diamond Quality
Buying a perfect diamond is easy, but if you are a first time buyer, you need to know about are the 4C's:
Cut, Color, Clarity, Carats.
The most crucial of the 4C's is Cut of a diamond which determined its brilliance and color. It has the greatest influence on a diamond's sparkle. The quality of the cut also affects the value of a diamond and can increase it by up to 50% more. Ideal cut diamonds tend to be more expensive as it has more play of light and glaze.
The Cut has three core attributes-
A Carat refers to the diamond's total weight and not a size. The bigger the diamond, the more expensive it is because larger diamonds are rarer and more desirable. The size of a diamond cannot be compared with the beauty of a diamond. A 'Carat' is equal to 200 milligrams, and is then divided into 100 points.
The third most important of 4C's is Color. However, if there is less color in a diamond, the grading scale and its value will be higher and better. Not all diamonds are colorless. To select a colorless diamond, you can choose a color between D to G according to your budget.
The highest colour grade attributed to a diamond is D Color, that is completely colourless, extremely rare and command the highest prices. The color grading scale are D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K-Z.
The Clarity measures how many internal inclusions a diamond has. The beauty and durability of a diamond depends upon the clarity of a diamond. It is very important to choose a diamond that does not have any inclusions or blemishes. A Flawless Diamond without any inclusions or blemishes is very rare. The less inclusions there is in a diamond, the better and expensive it is.