unspecified: Diamond Training 101
April 17, 2013

There is much more to diamond buying than you may think. It is not simply picking a pretty shinny ring and paying for it. Yes, ring buying is done this way, but this doesn’t mean that diamond is beautiful inside and out. In order to make sure that that special lady in your life is getting the perfect ring, you must education yourself on the “4 C’s of diamonds”.

Color is an important factor when it comes to diamond selection. While most diamonds look white, they truly are not. There are many factors that can affect the color that a diamond appears to look. If the diamond is set in a white gold, silver, or platinum setting the color of the diamond will reflect of the metal, making it look whiter.

Diamonds are graded on a scale of D through Z. The highest grade is D, which the purest white color, therefore making  Z, a yellow color,  the lowest color grade on the scale.

The clarity grade is based upon the number of inclusions or blemishes a diamond has. The most desirable diamond is flawless of imperfections, and therefore is much higher in price.

The clarity scale ranges from FL-I3. FL being the best and I3 not so much.

Fl and IF make-up diamonds that are flawless or almost flawless. VVS1 and VVS2 (Very, very slightly included) contain very, very small microscopic inclusions that are extremely difficult to see under 10x magnification. VS1 and VS2 (very slightly included) contain very small microscopic inclusions difficult to see under 10x magnification. SI1 and SI2 (slightly included) have small inclusions that are visible under 10x magnification. Depending on their location within the diamond, they may be visible without magnification. I1, I2 and I3 (included) have inclusions that are obvious to the unaided eye.

Carat is clearly important as it is the first thing at one will notice- the size. Not only does it represent the visual size of the stone, but the weight as well.  It is important to know that 5 carats is equal to 1 gram because two stones can look identical but truly be different carats. As we all know, every girl wants a big rock J

Out of all 4 C’s Cut is the most important when it comes to a diamond’s beauty. There are many cuts and shapes that diamonds come in, but shape is not solely of importance. Cut also refers to the cutters skill in the fashioning of the diamond.  Diamond can be of round shape, but be poorly cut. The cut also effects how the diamond will reflect/ absorb light. Therefore cutting and polishing the diamond to an extremely high level of accuracy are very important.

Shapes include round brilliant, princess, marquis, heart, pear, old miners, oval, cushion and many more.

Keep these 4 C’s in mind when shopping for a diamond. Everyone will be much happier when they know that their diamond is perfecto.

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