The Four C's of Diamonds

Color

Diamond color actually means the lack of color, and the scale ranges from D through Z. D, E, and F are categorized as "Colorless" while G-J are "Near Colorless." We do not sell anything below an I color. Once you get to the lower end of the alphabet of the color scale, you'll start seeing faint color, and will continue to get more noticeable.

 

Clarity

A diamond's clarity refers to the absence of inclusions and blemishes. The size, number, and positions of these inclusions and blemishes are what determines the clarity grade. There are 11 specific grades, ranging from Flawless to Included. VVS and VS (Very Very Slightly Included to Very Slightly Included) are common clarity grades among lab-grown diamonds, meaning inclusions can be viewed at 10x magnification, but are minor, and typically can't be seen by the naked eye. Sometimes, even a VS1 and an SI2 (Slightly Included) may look the same, but a trained grader will eye able to spot the differences in clarity under magnification. 

Cut

A diamond's cut grade is based on how well a diamond's facets interact with light. The proportions of the diamond, symmetry and polish all work together in creating the specific cut of each diamond. A gemologist can determine how to evaluate a diamond's cut based on the fire, brightness, and scintillation of the stone. The highest cut grade for a diamond is Excellent, followed by Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor.  

Carat Weight

Use the interactive tool below to compare the difference in sizes between carat weights! 

Carat weight is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs, and can also be measured by points. For example a one-carat diamond (1.00 ct.) is equivalent to 100 points. If you hear someone reference a diamond and say "a 50 pointer" that would mean 0.50 carats. Anything over 1.00 ct., let's say a 1.32 carat stone, would be referenced as "one point three two carats." Generally, as the carat weight increases, so does the price of the stone. However, two stones that are the same exact size may not be of the same value, when taking into consideration the other "C's" such as cut, clarity, and/or color. 

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