THE 4C'S TO DIAMOND SELECTION
CARAT - CLARITY - CUT - COLOUR
We've broken down the important pieces to selecting a Diamond. With all the complexities, study the 4Cs to help get you started.
The Cut of a Diamond speaks mainly to the Shape. Some of the popular Shapes include: Brilliant (Round), Princess, Pear, Oval and others. The Cut also speaks to the Symmetry of the stone. Having a Diamond with higher grade Symmetry, or Cut, will bring better light reflection, and a stunning shine.
The perfection, or in proper terms, the Inclusions, of the Diamond speaks to Clarity. While many search for a Flawless Diamond, most Diamonds tend to fall under a VVS, VS, SI or I Clarity category. The various categories speak to the number of Inclusions within the Diamond. The better the quality, the less Inclusions. While many search for a Flawless Diamond that carries no Inclusions at all, both the rarity and the cost becomes a weighing factor.
Colourless, or Yellow?
The Colour scale revolves around how Colourless (White) or Yellow the Diamond is. While many opt to stay within the first 3 levels (D, E, F), you can find a beautiful White Diamond at H-Colour, as well. The support of Clarity and Cut is also important, as how the light reflects through the Diamond will enable a Whiter colour. Then again, there are many that like the beauty of a Yellow Diamond.
Carat speaks to the total Size and Weight of the Diamond. This is mostly a personal decision, hence the reason you want to take all 4Cs into consideration. The larger the Size, the more vulnerable the Clarity and the Colour becomes..
BEYOND THE 4C's
When selecting a Diamond, it is important to have a reputable and reliable organization certifying the stone. While Jewellery Appraiser are both Educated and Capable, there are strong names in the industry - referred to as Gemological Laboratories - which Jewellers and Goldsmiths put 100% of their trust in. When choosing the right Diamond, ensure your Jeweller or Goldsmith presents you with some trusted names.