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Introduction

If you are in the market to buy, sell or trade a diamond, it is important that you educate yourself. Part of being a good buyer is understanding the 4 Cs which help define the diamond’s quality and value. The 4 Cs are cut, clarity, color, and carat.

The diamonds with the highest ratings in each of the aforementioned categories will be more rare and more valuable.

CUT - The cut of the diamond determines how it will disperse and reflect light. This category of appearance can have the greatest outcome on a diamond’s beauty or brilliance. The cutting of a diamond is based on very precise work that heavily relies upon the cutter to make good decisions regarding proportions and angles. Read more…

CLARITYThe clarity of a diamond is determined by any inclusions which are internal characteristics and blemishes which are external characteristics. Inclusions and blemishes can affect the dispersion or reflection of light traveling through the diamond. Read more…

COLORDiamonds can come in different hues or with no color at all. The color of a diamond directly affects the fire (the flashing of reflected light) of a diamond. The less color a diamond has, the more colorful the fire will be. Read more…

CARATThe carat is the physical measure of a diamond’s weight. Each carat is 200 milligrams (1/5 of a gram)  and is sub-divided into 100 points. Read more…