Picking Out Diamonds

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Looking for some inside information about picking out a diamond?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Diamonds are graded for certification by laboratories with grading criteria. Four of these criteria are critical to know about when you make a diamond investment or purchase. Known as the “Four C’s,” these criteria are: cut, clarity, carat, and color.

Color is the end result of the making of a diamond and it doesn’t change. When a jeweler talks about the color of a diamond, he is referring to the absence or presence of color in white diamonds. Colorless diamonds are sought after for their sparkle because a diamond with no color allows the most light to pass through.

If you were not familiar with the latest on choosing a diamond before, now have at least a basic understanding. But wait – there’s more to come.

Cut refers to a diamonds reflective amount. The majority of diamonds are cut with 58 facets. A diamond’s brilliance is heavily dependent on its cut. The different angles and the finish of a diamond are what determines its ability to reflect light and cause its brilliance and fire. One of the most important things to look out for is the proportions of the diamonds. You can refer to this table of ideal proportions and diamond numbers to guide you in your selection.

Remember – the cut of a diamond can have an effect on its durability as well as its beauty. ┬áSome cutting faults will make a diamond prone to breakage. A diamond with too thin of a cut will leak light out of the back and the diamond may lose some of the sparkle and appear to have no shine. As you can see, the cut is arguably the most important of the Four C’s.

Inner flaws or inclusions occur in most diamonds during the formation process. The size and number of these inclusions determine the “clarity” of a diamond. Diamonds that are clear create more brilliance and therefore are rarer and highly priced. To be called “flawless,” a diamond must have zero surface or internal imperfections visible when viewed by a professional diamond grader using 10 power magnifications.

“Carat” is the unit of weight that diamonds are measured by. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams. A carat is divided into 100 segments which are called points. 150 points would be the same as one and a half carats.

Going to the store to make that important diamond purchase, don’t be shy! Ask questions and make sure you get the answers required to make an informed purchase. Shopping for certified diamonds lets you to make an informed, broad selection. The “four C’s” allows you to comparison shop and buy the best diamond at a good price. But, before finalizing a purchase, look around and find out what shapes and styles appeal to you so that you can enjoy your diamond for years to come!

There’s a lot to comprehend about diamonds. We’re able to provide you with some of the facts above, but there is still plenty more to read about in other articles.