The Four C’s of Diamonds
Cut of a Diamond
The cut of a diamond will determine its radiance. If a diamond has a better cut, it will have more sparkle. When a diamond is cut well, light will enter through the top of the stone and reflect off the sides and back through the top, which causes more brilliance. When a diamond is poorly cut, light will enter the top and leave through the sides, appearing lackluster. The cut of a diamond is not to be confused with its shape, and a well-rounded jeweler will be able to determine the best cut for a diamond based on its desired shape.
The diamond color grade measures the color, or lack thereof, of the stone on a scale from D to Z+. Usually, diamonds for engagement rings will optimally have as little color as possible. However, if you prefer to create a more personal statement, diamonds can be found in a wide range of colors. Near colorless diamonds receive a G, H, or I grade, while colorless diamonds receive a higher quality grade of D, E, or F. Colored diamonds are graded Z+ and are referred to as “fancy.”
Clarity refers to the number of inclusions or imperfections in the diamond. Size, number, location, and color of the imperfections will affect the diamond’s clarity grade. Zero to few imperfections are given the higher grades in clarity as they are rarer.
Carat – Diamond’s Weight
Carat is a measure of the diamond’s weight. More specifically, a carat is equal to 200 milligrams and has a scale of 100 points. If a diamond is 50 points, it weighs 0.5 (or half) carats. Larger carat diamonds are less common, which can mean a large difference in price between carat weights. However, two diamonds of equal carat weight are not necessarily the same size. Based on the cut, color, and clarity, two diamonds of equal carat weight can have dramatically different values.
Caesar’s Designs shares the desire of all fine jewelers to encourage the purchase of non-conflict diamonds. Caesar’s Designs only purchases stones from reputable dealers with the appropriate documentation that the diamond was sourced through legal channels.
If you would like to see some of Caesar’s recent diamond engagement ring designs we encourage you to view our engagement ring collection. If you have any questions about the 4 C’s or diamond shapes please send us a message or visit our jewelry store.