Understanding Diamonds

 

Before we can value a diamond we first must understand the grading criteria.

One of nature’s phenomena, diamonds are graded according to 4 factors known as the 4C’s:

The Carat Weight

 A carat is .20 of a gram and to understand the weight factor we divide a carat in 100 points so a ½ carat stone would be known as a 50 pointer. The size of a diamond is important but bigger is not necessarily better. The other factors have to be taken into account.

 

 

Colour
Absence of colour rates highest. Most diamonds contain traces of colour. The differences in colour grades are very minute and are graded under laboratory conditions. Highest colour is D grading down to K L M. Fancy colours also exist which command higher prices.

 

Clarity

 Diamonds are graded according to the inclusions present within the stone. Absence of inclusions allows light to be internally reflected so will give a diamond a brighter appearance. The highest grade is IF Internaly Flawless grading down to I Included grades

 

 

 

 

Cut

 Cut according to certain dimensions to allow total reflection of all the light entering the stone to be returned through the table facet, thus giving maximum sparkle. The cut of a stone is different from the style of cut. The styles are another factor to consider.

 

   The 5th  C   to consider are Conflict Free Diamonds. The managing of mining and sale of diamonds to ensure the profits can help local communities.

 The 6th C is Certification Independent Certificates issued by leading world Gem Labs to guarantee you get what you pay for

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