Understand the 4Cs of Diamond Quality

Bespoke taxidermy viral, kitsch neutra four loko next level. Irony freegan next level cardigan fam four dollar toast pickled The GIA 4Cs of diamond quality will help you learn how to buy a diamond. This basic knowledge will not only unlock the mystery of a diamond’s quality, it will also help you understand a diamond’s value and price.

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  • Diamond Color In most diamonds, the term actually refers to the absence of color. The less color in the stone, the more desirable and valuable it is. Some of these differences are not visible to the naked eye, but directly impact the overall quality and price of the stone.
  • Diamond Clarity measures the amount, size and placement of internal ‘inclusions,’ and external ‘blemishes.’ Grades run from ‘Flawless,’ with virtually no imperfections, to ‘Included,’ which contain a significant number of imperfections.
  • Diamond Cut does not refer to a diamond’s shape, but to the proportion and arrangement of its facets and the quality of workmanship. The amount of brilliance, sparkle and fire in a diamond is determined by cut. Grades range from ‘Excellent’ to ‘Poor.’
  • Diamond Carat refers to a diamond’s weight. Generally speaking, the higher the carat weight, the more expensive the stone. Two diamonds of equal carat weight, however, can have very different quality and price when the other three Cs are considered.

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No matter how beautiful a diamond may look you simply cannot see its true quality. Knowing more about the 4Cs of diamond quality will help you learn how to buy a diamond. The 4Cs provide you with the information you need to know the diamond’s actual quality.

COLOR

GIA CIBJO UK TRADITIONAL
D Exceptional White + Finest White
E Exceptional White Finest White
F Rare White + Fine White
G Rare White Fine White
H White White
I Slightly Tinted White Commercial White
J Slightly Tinted White Top Silver Cape
K Tinted White Top Silver Cape
L Tinted White Silver Cape
M to N Tinted Color Light Cape
O to R Tinted Color Cape
R to Z Tinted Color Dark Cape

Clarity

IF Internally Flawless No inclusions and only insignificant surface blemishes when viewed under 10X magnification
VVS1-VVS2 Very, Very Slightly Included Minute inclusions that are incredibly difficult to see under 10X magnification, generally only visible from the back of the stone and may be removed easily by repolishing
VS1-VS2 Very Slightly Included Minor inclusions that range from difficult (VS1) to slightly easier (VS2) to see under 10X magnification
SI1-2 Slightly Included Noticeable inclusions that are easily (SI1) or very easily (SI2) to see under 10X magnification
I1-3 Obvious Inclusions Obvious inclusions that are easily visible under 10X magnification and in some cases may even be seen without magnification

Insist On a Diamond Grading Report
 

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A diamond grading report from an unbiased, scientific source such as GIA is more than important information, it’s proof of what you are buying. The differences in diamonds can be so subtle, even a trained jeweler can’t recognize them without lab verification. Insist that any diamond you buy come with an indisputable verification of its quality.

Protect The Purchase

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Once you’ve purchased the right diamond, have it appraised and insured. Appraisers and insurers rely on diamond grading reports to accurately evaluate the value of gems. As an additional measure, consider having your diamond laser-inscribed with its GIA report number, to provide verification if it is ever lost or stolen.