Before you buy a diamond, we urge you to learn as much as you can. Compare styles, quality and value.
A diamond’s brilliance is determined by the amount of light returned by the eye. The most simplified way to shop for a diamond is by using the 4C’s (cut, color, clarity, carat):
In order to maximize brilliance, the diamond cutter must position each stone’s facets to act as light-dispersing mirrors, in exact geometric relation to one another. The cut is also the shape of the diamond you are choosing.
Color is critical because the more colorless the diamond, the greater its value. A single increase in color, can make a big difference in the look of the stone, as well as the value. Color ranges from colorless to yellow. There are also fancy color stones that increase its value. Natural fancy color diamonds can be found in colors such as brown, champagne, pink, blue, yellow, black, and green. Diamonds can also be treated to become these shades, so be careful when you are shopping for a colored diamond.
Clarity refers to the number of inclusions in a diamond. The fewer the inclusions, the clearer and more brilliant the diamond is. It is very important when viewing stones with a sales associate, that you can see the stone under a 10-power microscope. Make sure you understand where the inclusions are and how they affect the light and brilliance in the diamond.
The carat weight is the gemologist’s standard measure of a diamond’s weight. It is important to know that weight alone means very little. The combination of weight and all the other factors will determine the value of a stone. Keep in mind, no two diamonds are ever exactly alike.
Our diamond specialists can help you weigh all the factors and select the diamond and mounting that will work best for you. Contact us today to arrange an appointment and let us help you find exactly what you want at a fair price.