Diamond Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat
The Basics Of Buying Diamonds: Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat
In order to fully understand how diamonds are graded by the experts at IMG Jewelers, you must understand the basics of diamond grading criteria. Cut, clarity, color, and carat weight (along with some additional measurements) should all be considered when purchasing the best value diamond for your money.
The cut of a diamond implies both its shape and the brilliance (or sparkle) of the stone. A poorly cut diamond can make it appear lifeless or dull. Diamonds that are labeled "Ideal" will produce the most shine.
Clarity refers to the amount of inclusions, or internal flaws, that a diamond has. Diamonds free from flaws are more expensive. A diamond with no inclusions visible to the unaided eye is usually the most desirable.
It is no secret that a "colorless diamond" are the highest in value and generally more expensive. A colorless or near-colorless diamond that has no "noticeable" color, will be graded using the alphabet, and fall within the D-J range. Diamonds also come in various other colors than white or "clear" too.
Carat refers to the size of the diamond. Because smaller diamonds are more widely available than larger diamonds, the value of a diamond generally goes up when the carat weight does.
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