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The 4 C’s of Diamonds


There is Cut, and then there’s cut.nMany people confuse cut with the shape of a diamond. Diamonds are cut into a number of shapes depending on the nature of the rough stone. The most popular are round, marquise, oval, pear, heart and emerald, and the choice is largely a matter of personal preference. Whatever the shape, however, a well cut diamond is the work of a master diamond cutter. When cut to good proportion the diamond is better able to handle light, creating more scintillation, more sparkle—and that’s a great reflection on you.


Good color is no color.nnDiamonds are found with a range of colors, from faint yellow or brown through the very rare pinks, blues, greens and other colors knows as “facies”. However, the best color for a diamond is no color. It is a totally colorless didmonds that allows white light to pass effortlessly through it and be dispersed as rainbows of colors. And to give a woman such a diamond is to show your true colors as well.


A rarity...nTo determine a diamonds clarity, it is viewed under 10-power magnification by a trained eye. Most diamonds contain very tiny natural inclusions. However, the fewer and smaller the inclusions are, the less likely it is that they will interfere with the passage of light through the diamonds and the more beautiful the diamond will be. Diamonds, more than any other gemstone, have the capability to produce the maximum amount of brilliance. A diamond that is free of interior or exterior inclusions is very rare, and therefore more valuable. So, the clearer the diamond, the clearer your choice.


Bigger is bigger (and not necessarily better).nnThe weight of the diamond is measured in carats. One carat is divided into 100 points, so that a diamond of 75 points weight is 0.75 carats. Carat-weight is the easiest of the 4C’s to determine, but two diamonds of equal weight can have very unequal value depending on their cut, color and clarity. Fine quality can be found in diamonds of all shapes and sizes. A fine quality diamond is a little extra weight she’d be pleased to put on.