Diamonds are the most precious and eternal stone available on earth that reflect their brilliance and glitter on its wearer. For making an appropriate and intelligent purchase, a buyer must know about the four C’s of diamond quality which ultimately determine the different grades of a diamond. Clarity, cut, carat and color are the four C’s that decide the grade of a diamond.
Clarity is the clearness or transparency of the diamond. The extent of diamond clarity establishes the extent of its flaws and on the basis of the blemishes of each diamond an expert will decide about its shape and size that is visible from the naked eye. The value and worth of a diamond increases with less flaws and imperfections. So, clarity is an important element in deciding the worth of a diamond.
A well defined cut in a diamond decides its true worth as a diamond in a raw form is nothing but a piece of glass. Generally, a cut in a diamond is done keeping the depth, symmetry and polish of the raw diamond in mind and on this basis a diamond gets its original shape and size. There are various shapes like round, emerald, pear, marquise and heart that distinguish diamonds so a suitable and promising cut in a diamond is a really important factor in determining the value.
Carat, or weight, of a diamond is also a deciding factor in setting its grade. Normally one carat is equivalent to 0.07 ounces that equals 200 milligrams. Increase in the weight of a diamond also increases the price. It is always desirable to have a big diamond which is beautiful and of great worth.
‘The lesser the better’, is the quote associated with diamond color that contributes to the price and value of the stone. Diamond color ranges from colorless to brown. The value and worth of a colorless diamond will be greater than other diamonds as it is free from any hues and flaws. Diamonds are also available in various colors such as pink, blue and green shades.
So, the grade of a diamond is totally based upon the above mentioned four C’s that not only settle its grade but also its true worth, value and correct price. Now you can evaluate yourself the true worth of your purchase. This is another example of what I learned recently in the book “His Guide to Her Jewelry.”