Diamond Buying Guide
|This refers to how well the diamond is cut to deliver the maximum sparkle.||This refers to the whiteness of the diamond, or it absence of color.||This is an indicator of identifying characteristics known as inclusions and blemishes found inside the stone||This is a measure of the diamond weight|
|This refers to how well the diamond is cut to deliver maximum sparkle.
A diamond’s cut refers to how perfectly the symmetry and proportions of the diamond capture light and effectively return the light back to the viewer’s eye in the form of sparkle. Cut is an indicator of how much a diamond will sparkle. If the diamond does not have exceptional proportions, or if the symmetry is off, then the light will not travel through the diamond and return to the eye with maximum sparkle. A well-cut diamond will appear very brilliant and fiery, while a poorly cut stone can appear dark and lifeless.
| This refers to the whiteness of the diamond, or it absence of color.
A diamond’s color actually refers to the absence of color, or its “whiteness”. Diamonds that are white, containing little or no color, will receive a higher quality grade than those with noticeable color. They are assessed on a scale from D-Z color grading system, which measure the degree of the absence of color.
| This is an indicator of identifying characteristics known as inclusions and blemishes found inside the stone.
A diamond’s clarity grade is based on the presence or absence of identifying characteristics within the stone. The natural formation process of the diamond can lead to many internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes’.Clarity characteristics are what make each diamond unique, since there are no two diamonds that will have the same exact inclusions in the same locations(s). Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value.
| This is a measure of the diamonds weight.
A diamond’s carat weight is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs and a reflection of its size. A metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams or 0.2 grams. However, carat weight does not always clearly help you determine if one diamond looks larger than the next.If a diamond is poorly cut and tall and narrow, when viewed from the top that diamond will appear smaller than a diamond of equal weight. It is important to keep in mind that diamond prices jump at the full-half-carat weights. Diamonds just below these weights cost significanly less, and, because carat weight is distributed across the entirety of the diamond, small size differences are almost impossible to detect.