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The 4 C's are a quick and easy way to assist you in finding high quality diamonds by comparing the CARAT, CUT, COLOR, and CLARITY of each stone. The different combinations of the 4 Cs, determine the value of each particular diamond. When selecting a stone, it's best to find the right balance of the four categories that fits your needs and budget.
CARAT: The larger the size the more rare the stone
Large diamonds are found less frequently in nature, therefore the larger the stone the more rare and valuable it is. The desire of a large stone is that it shows off the color, cut, and brilliance to its greatest capacity. Diamond size is measured in carat weight on a 100-point scale. A .50 carat diamond is the same as a 50 point diamond or a ½ carat stone. It is important to note that carat is a weight measurement and the cut of the stone can make the stone appear larger or smaller than its weight. Although the size of a stone is a key contributor to the desirability and value of a stone, these can differ greatly based on the quality of the color, clarity, and cut.
CUT: The better the cut, the more brilliant the diamond
When a diamond is well cut, it scintillates with color and light providing the stone with a remarkable brilliance. The cut is the only quality of a diamond affected by the human hand. When it is cut to the proper proportions, light will refract through the diamond bouncing from facet to facet and disperse through the top of the stone providing a gorgeous radiance. If a stone is cut poorly, whether too deep or too shallow all the light is not refracted throughout the diamond. Some of the light will be lost through the sides or bottom of the stone. The better the cut of a diamond, the greater the value.
COLOR: White, Bright, and Beautiful
Diamonds are graded by color on a letter scale from D to Z. Stones that receive a D to F grading are completely colorless and are the most rare and valuable stones. Stones graded in the lower letters often have brown or yellow tones to them, which lowers the desirability and value of the diamond. Colorless stones are the most treasured because they reflect light more vividly and provide a brilliant rainbow spectrum of color. On the opposite end of the grading scale beautiful and very valuable stones exist in the Z+ category. These stones are known as "Fancy" color diamonds.
CLARITY: The more pure a stone the greater value it has
The greater the clarity of a stone the more brilliant, valuable, and rare it will be. Nearly all diamonds have some type of inclusion; these are the identifying characteristics of the stone. Many inclusions can only be seen under 10x magnification and have no effect on the appearance to the naked eye. Diamonds are grouped by the degree to which they are included. Flawless stones are at the top of the clarity grading scale and are very rare and extremely valuable. Stones with very minor inclusions are graded VVS1 or VVS 2, while those that have inclusions visible to the eye are graded I1 to I3. The number, size, location and color of the inclusions all affect a diamond's value.