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4c's of a Perfect Diamond

Diamonds are forever, as they say, and so is choosing the right one.

 

Whether you're buying the perfect engagement ring or anniversary piece the 4C's of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) grading system is the standard.

The 4c's (color, cut, clarity, and carat) are universally accepted grading standards for diamonds.

Each of the four qualities are carefully examined to determine their value.

Understanding how these qualities affect the value of a diamond will help you to make the perfect purchase.

Diamond

4C's

COLOR

The absence of color. The less color in the stone, the more valuable it is. 

CUT

The proportion and arrangement of its facets, that is, its flat sides, as well as the quality of artistry. 

CLARITY

The size, amount, and placement of internal ‘inclusions,’ and external ‘blemishes.’

CARAT

The diamond’s weight. Typically, the higher the carat weight, the more expensive the stone.

Did you know?

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The greater the brilliance, sparkle and fire in a diamond the better the cut. Cuts range from ‘Excellent’ to ‘Poor.’

MORE VALUABLE
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LESS VALUABLE
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Clarity grades run from ‘Flawless,’ with virtually no imperfections, to ‘Included,’ which contain a significant number of imperfections.

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Two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different quality and price when the other three Cs are considered.

COLOR (1 of 4)

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CUT (2 of 4)

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CLARITY (3 of 4)

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CARAT (4 of 4)

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