Understanding the 4Cs of the diamond rating world

Buying a diamond is a big step, and like most big decisions, requires a lot of consideration. Before going for those certified diamond earrings, it pays to know a little bit about diamonds. Ask any diamond enthusiast and they will likely intimate to you about the 4Cs of diamonds;


The first C stands for cut. For most people, what comes to mind is the shape, but there is much more to it than this. Cut is about proportions just as much as it is about the shape. The proportion that allows the most light into the bottom part of the diamond to be reflected out at the top should be the best option.


This is the second C; Diamonds occur naturally in every color across the rainbow, but most of the time they are treated to attain a desired color. The most common color is the white diamond which is what comes to the minds of most people when they hear the word diamond. Other color varieties are pink and blue. Pink are rarer and only come from a few mines. The blue is more common and comes in a variety of shades, from light to navy and sky blue. The grey diamond is another classic type that is loved by many.


The third C is basically a description of the number and location of the cracks and flaws that a diamond has. They are determined by placing the diamond under ten time’s magnification. The clarity of diamonds according to major rating systems in the world is from flawless to imperfect. It is important to remember, though that most diamonds come with an inbuilt flaw, like a birthmark, normally called an inclusion. The fewer these inclusions are, the more beautiful a diamond is considered.


The word carat is what most people use to describe their diamonds. It is the 4th C and is basically a way to measure weight. Naturally, as the carat rating increases so does the price. The carat stands for 100 points in the diamond rating system. It is relatively easy to determine, but should not be the only system available for making a choice. Watch our videos on Youtube.

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Author: Alessandro Alcala

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