Know your sparkly stones and get savvy about quality,
cost, and settings before you hit the stores.
Proportions of a gemstone
Color: The absence or presence of gray
Clarity: The absence or presence of
Carat Weight: The weight of a gemstone
you aware of the Four Cs the characteristics that determine the value
and quality of diamonds? While a diamond engagement ring has always symbolized
lifelong commitment, love and a romantic rite of passage, today's couples
are also concerned with fashion, their own personal style, quality, value
and price. A tall orderbut one that can be filled brilliantly when armed
with the right knowledge.
These are the four characteristics that determine a diamond's quality
and value and as a result, its price. No two diamonds are alike, although
they may look identical to the naked eye. The 4Cs are the key to understanding
why two diamonds of equal size may not be of equal value. The following
information on the 4Cs will help you become an informed and knowledgeable
good cut is what gives a diamond it's brilliance, sparkle and fire and
increases its beauty. A well cut stone normally has 58 facets. A cut is
different from shape. The most popular shapes of a diamond are round also
known as "brilliant", marquise, pear, oval `and emerald. Shape is purely
a matter of personal taste.
When looking at the diamond, move away from the halogen spot lights (the
ones you will probably find over your head) which are meant to increase
the sparkle of the diamond. Look at it under normal lighting conditions
to see how it catches the light. Compare it to higher and lower graded
diamonds of the same size to see how the sparkle compares.
come in all colors but clear white is the most popular. The best color
is no color. Rare stones of exceptional strong color are known as Fancies.
In general, the less the amount of color means the higher the value of
the diamond because less color allows more light to pass through the diamond
which creates more sparkle and brilliance.
The unit weight of a diamond is a carat. The larger the stone, the rarer
and more valuable it is. A carat is divided into 100 "points", so that
a diamond of 25 "points" is described as a quarter of a carat or 0.25
refers to diamond's purity. Sometimes black spots known as Nature's fingerprints
are found in diamonds. The fewer such spots, the more valuable the stone
because the flow of light is less obstructed.