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The 4 Cs Every Diamond Consumer Should Know – Classifying the Clarity, Colour, Carat and Cut Of Your Next Diamond
November 19, 2013
When purchasing a diamond it is important to be at least somewhat aware of what it is you are looking for…
Here at Arman’s Fine Jewellery in Sydney we will walk through and guide our guests during the entire selection process to help find the diamond of their dreams. However, to get a better idea of what you may be looking for it’s always best to brush up on your diamond knowledge and know the basics of diamond selection. Having a basic understanding of the 4 Cs; clarity, colour, carat and cut will help make your hunt for the perfect stone that much easier.
1# Clarity determines quality…
Diamonds are in part judged not by their perfections but by their flaws, this is why looking at the clarity is so important. Most diamonds have very tiny birthmarks within them; these are known as “inclusions.” What an inclusion does is interfere with the light passing through the diamond. Therefore, the fewer inclusions within the diamond, the more beautiful the diamond is considered. Here at Arman’s Fine Jewellery we can help determine the clarity of the diamond you may be interested in and will assist with finding you a quality diamond to suit your dreams and budget.
2# Aren’t diamonds colourless, why does the colour matter?
Yes, diamonds at first glance appear colourless, or white, however they may actually have subtle yellow or brown tones that you may notice when comparing two diamonds side by side. Because diamonds are formed under intense heat and pressure, the traces of other elements may have been incorporated into their atomic structure accounting for the variances in colour. The closer a diamond comes to being colourless the more value it holds.
3# First question about diamonds is always related to how many carats it is, but what does this measurement mean?
The weight of diamonds are measured in terms of carats, one carat is equivalent to 100 points so diamonds worth 50 points are equal to a half a carat. The carat or weight of the diamond does not necessarily determine its value; two diamonds may both be the same weight or have the same carat however their value may vary depending on the cut, colour and clarity.
*Note: Carat is used to measure diamonds and a karat is used to discuss how fine gold is.
#4 The cut depends on personal preference…
The cut of a diamond refers to the shape in which the diamond is ‘cut’ into. Here at Arman’s Fine Jewelers we can help you find the cut that you are looking for and with this cut set it into a custom ring, necklace or pendent that you desire. Different cuts are regarded as more valuable than others, however finding the cut that you like best is a good start to finding your ideal diamond. To get technical, proportions of the diamond as opposed to its shape are what we mean when we value its cut. Diamonds that are cut too shallow or too deep may affect its value, The difference in cut is often based on the diamond cutter, often the cutter will decide to either cut the largest diamond from the stone or they will decide to cut the most brilliant diamond. When looking for a unique diamond we recommend that you consider your preference esthetically to help choose the cut.
Here at Arman’s Fine Jewellery in Sydney, we will help first time diamond consumers determine the type of diamond best suited for them. We will walk you through the four Cs and discover your preference and ideal cut, colour, carat and clarity. Picking out a diamond should be exciting, not confusing, with this basic knowledge it will help you relax about picking out a diamond and help make your experience fun and exciting.