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Diamond Buying Guide: Diamond Education

When shopping for a loose diamond, or diamond jewelry it is important to know how they are evaluated. There are four different characteristics to consider when comparing and evaluating diamonds: Carat Weight, Cut, Clarity, and Color, also known as the 4 C ’s.  A diamond’s shape is also an important factor when choosing a diamond and we have outlined below the characteristics that determine quality for each of the shapes.  Read this guide before buying a diamond, in order to make a more informed decision.

Carat:

This term refers to the weight of the diamond, and not necessarily the size, as many might assume.
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Color:

Diamonds are valued by how colorless they are; therefore the less color a diamond has the higher its value.  However fancy-color diamonds (such as yellow and black diamonds) are an exception to this rule.
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Cut:

The cut of a diamond causes the greatest impact on its brilliance and sparkle. A diamond that is poorly cut will lack radiance even if it has perfect clarity and color.
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Clarity:

Clarity refers to the absence of imperfections and blemishes in a diamond.  Almost all diamonds have minor imperfections, however, the fewer imperfections there are in a diamond the higher its clarity grading.
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Shape:

The first step in choosing a diamond is to decide between the ten different shapes available.  Each of the diamond shapes has different characteristics, but the overall attraction to a certain shape is a matter of personal taste.
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Certification:

When purchasing a loose diamond you should expect to see a copy of its grading certificate.  A diamond certificate proves that your diamond has gone through a thorough and unbiased professional examination.
Learn more about Diamond Certification