Diamonds Buying Tips

By | August 25, 2009

Understanding the Four C’s is the first step in your journey to buying the perfect diamond. Many variations exist of the Four C’s document but the overall content remains the same. I have prepared my own variation of the Four C’s detailing the Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat you should look for and, of course, the points to avoid.With the rarity of diamonds, and all diamonds are rare, it makes sense that gemstones that appear to be identical can show a wide range in value.

To determine the relative worth of diamonds, you need to know your 4 C’s of diamond buying: how a diamond should look, to qualify for jewelry:

  • Color: Diamonds are found in almost every color of the rainbow, but white-colored diamonds remain most popular. Nature has also created diamonds in intense shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, pink or, rare of all, red. These diamonds are called ‘colored fancies’ and are extremely rare and highly treasured.
  • Clarity: Every diamond is unique. Nature ensures that each diamond is as individual as the person who wears it. A diamond should be far better than just eye-clean but should not necessarily be Internally Flawless
  • Cut: A diamond should be cut in Antwerp where you can find the best craftsmanship on the market:
  • It’s the cut that makes a diamond sparkle!
  • The choice of platinum – white – yellow gold is yours although they should match your other jewelry.

Carat is often confused with size even though it is actually a measure of weight. One carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. One carat can also be divided into 100 “points. Cut and mounting can make a diamond appear larger (or smaller) than its actual weight. So shop around and talk to your jeweler to find the right diamond and setting to optimize the beauty of your stone.

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