They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Maybe once in your life you have to make a decision to choose a diamond. It’s simple enough anyway, right? No. Before you go off picking with your hand over your eyes and otherwise blindly poking at the glass case, here are the four C’s of what you have to consider.
- Carat. A diamond’s carat actually determines the diamond’s weight, not its size. To determine a diamond’s quality, one carat is divided into 100 points, of which it will have its corresponding amount. For example, if the diamond has thirty points, then it is 0.30 carat. Even if two diamonds have the same weight, they can never be truly the same, as carat or weight is only one way of determining the value of a diamond. There are still three more C’s to consider, the cut, clarity and color.
- Cut. The cut of a diamond creates different effects of how the light bounces off from it. These cuts are made into different shapes that bring out the brilliance of each type of diamond. There are said to be 6 most popular shapes for a diamond—they are round, marquise, pear, emerald, oval and heart. Others add two more shapes, the princess and the radiant. A good type of cut will make the diamond shine the most. It is up to you to choose the cut you want, it is a matter of choice. Choose the one that catches your eye the most.
- Clarity. Like most things in this world, diamonds also have “birthmarks” or what are mostly known as inclusions. These lower the quality of a diamond because they filter the light that bounces inside the stone. Most inclusions would only be visible under x10 magnification, but there are some that can be seen by the naked eye. The diamonds with the fewest visible inclusions are therefore the more valuable types of diamonds.
- Color. There are different rankings depending on the color of the diamond, with letter D being the highest (colorless), and Z being the lowest (light yellow). Diamonds from D to F are colorless, E to J are near colorless, K to M are faint yellow, N to R are very light yellow, and S to Z are light yellow. If you happen to find diamonds which are not colorless yet not a shade of yellow, they are called “Fancies”. And with what the name implies, they are more expensive than your usual colorless diamonds.
They say that diamonds are forever, maybe because they cost a lot and it would do well that you take care of them. A diamond is not only a stone for your jewelry—it is an investment of a lifetime. So before purchasing your diamond, be sure to always consider the four C’s—carat, cut, clarity and color to have the best quality diamond that would really be worthy to last forever.