The Four C’s of Diamonds
In the world of jewelry, it is common to refer to the characteristics that help determine the value of a diamond as “The Four C’s” : carat, clarity, cut and color. We’re here to help you understand what jewelers are talking about and how these characteristics can affect the value of the diamond you purchase. When you come visit us, we are happy to explain in detail the anatomy that makes up a diamond but here is some general information:
The weight of diamonds is measured in carats. One carat is equal to 100 “points” . Since larger diamonds are found less frequently in nature, a larger carat diamond will be more costly, but bigger does not always equal better until you factor in the clarity, color and cut as well.
Diamond clarity refers to the marks or “inclusions” that occur naturally within the diamond. Fewer and smaller inclusions will allow increased passage of light through the diamond making it more beautiful. Clarity grades range from Imperfect Grade 3 to Flawless.
Didn’t know diamonds had color? While no color is considered good color, they can come in a range of colors from faint yellows or brown to, more rarely, pinks, blues and greens. Color is graded on a scale implemented by the Geological Institute of America which ranges from ‘ D’, absolutely colorless, to ‘Z’, light.
Cut does not refer to the shape of the diamond as one might think, but it describes the proportions and angles of a diamond. While the other 3 c’s are all naturally occurring, cut is determined by the diamond cutter and it takes a master cutter to reveal a diamond’s true beauty. A well-cut diamond reflects light and projects it through the top of the diamond.
And even though they may not be as popularly talked about, it’s important not to forget 2 more “C’s”:
You will have confidence in your diamond selection when your are assisted by our educated and concerned staff at JWR. We will help you select the best diamond for you or your loved one.
JWR Jewelers will perform inspections, cleaning and repairs as needed to keep your diamond in perfect condition.
Information provided by American Gem Society. JWR Jewelers is a proud member of the American Gem Society–Consumer Protection Since 1934, American Gem Society members are knowledgeable and credentialed experts in gems and jewelry. They adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards. Shop with the best — a jewelry expert and member of the American Gem Society. For more information visit the American Gem Society online at http://www.americangemsociety.org/.