Diamond Information: The 4 C’s
Diamond Basics: Understanding the 4Cs
CutCut refers not to a diamond’s shape (e.g. round, oval, pear, etc.) but to a diamond’s proportions, symmetry and polish. The allure beauty of a diamond depends more on cut than any other factor. A poorly cut diamond will seem dull even with excellent clarity and colour.
Diamond colour is all about what you can’t see. Diamonds are valued by how closely they approach colourlessness – the less colour, the higher their value.
Because diamonds formed deep within the earth, under extreme heat and pressure, they often contain unique birthmarks, either internal (inclusions) or external (blemishes).
Diamond clarity refers to the absence of these inclusions and blemishes. Diamonds without these birthmarks are rare, and rarity affects a diamond’s value. Every diamond is unique.
Just as a dollar is divided into 100 cents, a carat is divided into 100 points. For example, a 50-point diamond weighs 0.50 carats. But two diamonds of equal weight can have very different values depending on the other members of the Four C’s: clarity, colour and cut.
Two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different costs based on cut, colour, and clarity. Most women can tell you the carat weight and shape of their ideal diamond, and most men can tell you the price.
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