The 4 C's of
Whoever coined the phrase, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” obviously couldn’t see into the
21st century. In this day and age, it is difficult to find someone, (male or female) who does not care
much for diamonds. It has been known that
diamonds seem to be a woman’s favorite gift, but these brilliant gems have gradually become a man’s preferred stone
Buying a diamond is not
as simple as most people presume it to be. Anyone who attempts to buy a diamond without having properly done
their homework could easily subject himself or herself to over paying, fake
diamonds, diamond buyer’s remorse and getting scammed.
To avoid these diamond
buying disappointments, prior to purchasing any diamond you should brush up your knowledge of diamonds by learning
the 4C’s of Diamonds. It should interest
you to know that in the marketplace these days, there is more fake diamond jewelry than real ones and it is
nearly impossible to differentiate one from the other.
What Are The 4
C’s of Diamonds and Why Are They So Important?
As I previously stated, they are some vitally important things you need to know before
purchasing a diamond. In the industry we call them the 4 C’s of diamonds.
These four fundamental characteristics, (Cut, Color, Clarity and
Carat weight) determine the value of every diamond. By learning the 4 C’s of Diamonds, you can select your
diamond based on the exact same criteria jewelers use to grade and evaluate diamonds.
The 4 C's of Diamonds
cut explains the shape in which the stone is cut, the most common shapes are round, princess and
the pear shapes.
describes the amount of color the diamond contains. This can range from colorless to yellow with
slight tints of yellow, gray or brown. Colors can also range from intense yellow to brown, blue,
green, pink and red. These fancy colors are rare and therefore more valuable.
as the name suggests, refers to the flawless nature of the stones.
carat is the weight or size of the diamond.
Without question or
debate, the 4C’s of diamonds, (cut, color,
clarity and carat) are the most important
factors to use in determining the price of a diamond.
If someone is
attempting to sell you a diamond that scores less on clarity because there are some visible spots in it, a savvy
buyer will negotiate a better price; every jeweler knows this. The same principle applies to colors, carat and
Go back to: The Buying Diamonds Guide.
Source: Vicente Ross, DiamondExperts.biz