Here’s the Deal with Diamonds

There are 4 fundamental components that determine the price and quality of a diamond. Cut, Color, Clarity, & Carat Weight.  Here is some information about these factors to help you determine what is important to you and your pocketbook.

DIAMOND CUT

Diamond cut can easily be confused with “shape”
(Round, Princess, Oval etc. )

A diamond’s cut grade refers to how well its facets interact with light. Brilliance & scintillation are what Cut is all about!

A well cut diamond has more life & sparkles more than one of lesser quality cut & simply looks better.

Cutting away more rough to get a perfect cut grade makes a well cut diamond a bit more expensive but the difference is a visibly superior Gem.

DIAMOND COLOR

Diamond color is graded from D, which is completely colorless, to Z which has more a visible yellow to brown body color. Although colorless diamonds are rarer and more expensive, the best color is truly in the eye of the beholder. Choose the color, or lack of color, you find most appealing and the best value.

Fancy color diamonds have a completely different color grading system and are rarer and often much more expensive. Fancy color can vary from distinct yellow to browns, pink, blue, and many other unique and rare one of a kind colors.

Colorless

D E F

Near Colorless

G H I J

Faint Yellow

K L M

Very Light Yellow

N O P Q R

Light Yellow

S T U V W X Y Z

DIAMOND CLARITY

Inclusions are evaluated using four basic criteria.
Size: How big are the inclusions?
Quantity: How many inclusions are there?
Location: Where are the inclusions located?
Color: Are the inclusions colorless or do they appear dark?

DIAMOND CARAT WEIGHT

Points and Carats are units of measurement used to express the actual weight of a diamond. There are 100 points in a carat, 5 carats in a gram and 28.35 grams in an ounce. This weight is measured by a very sensitive scale called a carat scale, which shows the weight in carats and points.

The easy way to remember points in a carat is they are the same as pennies in a dollar. 50 points is a 1/2 carat, just like 50 cents is a half dollar.