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For some, buying a diamond is a new experience and usually for a very special occasion, but that doesn’t mean it should be overwhelming. Understanding a diamond’s quality characteristics is surprisingly straightforward and simple.
Here, we will introduce a series that will talk about the different characteristics of diamonds, and what you need to know about buying your dream diamond. We’ll talk about the 4C’s (Carat Weight, Clarity, Color and Cut), the history of this beautiful stone and how to clean your diamond.
Within each of the 4C’s, diamonds are graded according to quality or size. The most rare diamonds, and therefore the most valuable, are those of exceptional size that were formed without any trace of color or impurity. We’ll start with the first of the 4C’s, Carat Weight.
One carat is subdivided into 100 “points”. Therefore a diamond measuring 75 points is 3/4 carat in weight, or 0.75ct., and so on.
A carat is the universal measure of weight for a diamond and all other gemstones. It’s the easiest of the 4Cs to determine, but two diamonds of equal size can have very different values, because the quality is still to be determined by the color, clarity and cut. Larger diamonds are found relatively infrequently in nature, which puts them at the rarest level of the Diamond Quality Pyramid.
Don’t rush into your diamond purchase. Take your time and evaluate your choice carefully. The time you spend now picking out the perfect diamond for you can bring you a lifetime of pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness.