THE FOUR C’S
OF DIAMOND BUYING
Understanding how diamonds are cut and graded will make
you a more informed consumer and improve your buying
experience. Please stop by our Shadyside store or contact
us if you have any questions or would like to learn more.
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Diamonds are weighed in metric carats; one carat is equivalent
to 200 milligrams. One cart is divided 100 “points,” so that a
diamond of 25 points is described as a quarter of a carat or
.25 carats. Shown are some examples of the approximate
size of diamonds of varying carat weights.
Diamonds are found with a range of colors, from colorless
to faint yellow or brown, continuing to pink, blue, green and
other colors, known as “fancies.” The differences between one
grade and another are subtle, as can be seen by the number of
grades within one category. However, slight color differences
in diamonds of comparable weight and clarity can make a
huge price difference.
Diamond clarity is determined by taking into account the
number, size, placement, color and nature of any
internal “inclusions” and external “blemishes.” When
inclusions do not interfere materially with the passage
of light through the stone, they do not affect its beauty.
However, the fewer the inclusions, the more valuable