Diamonds are one of the most beautiful things that a person can own when it comes to material stuff. But, as we all know, they are extremely expensive. Diamonds are considered to be the most common way of showing wealth by wearing them on your body.
They have many uses, people make necklaces, rings, and glasses out of them. Some very wealthy people or celebrities even put them on their clothes. When it comes to these precious shiny rocks, there are a few things that we should look at before we determine if a diamond is of a higher or lesser quality.
That’s why people invented the famous list of FOUR C’s
The four C’s stand for:
- Carat Weight
Let’s start with the first one. The cut
When we talk about a cut, the proportions of the diamond is what we are usually more interested in, as opposed to the shape. If a diamond is poorly cut, the light that enters will not be fully reflected and utilized, and the diamond will not be shiny and will lose from its beauty. If the angles are correctly cut the light will be properly dispersed through the top facets. This happens when a diamond is cut too deep or too shallow.
Next, we’re going to talk about the color, which stands as the second “C” of the Four C’s list
Diamonds come in different colors. To be more precise, every color of the rainbow. People are usually more interested in diamonds that fall in the “white range”. GIA, which is short for “The Gemological Institute of America”, rates the color of the white diamonds on a scale from D, which is colorless, to Z which is light yellow color.
Other people and jewel-crafters say that the best color for a diamond is no color at all. You might be wondering why. Well, if a diamond is totally colorless it will allow all light to pass through it and this will result in the light being reflected as the colors of the rainbow, which will make the diamond look beautiful. However, only professionals may notice the difference between a colorless and slightly yellow colored diamond. If you are looking to purchase, a good option would be to go for wholesale loose diamonds.
Next on the list is Clarity
The clarity of a diamond is usually determined by how many flaws it has and where they are located. The Gemological Institute of America rates the clarity of a diamond on a scale starting from “Flawless” as the best to Imperfect 3 as the “worst”.
Most diamonds will have some scratches on them usually called “birthmarks” and “inclusions”. These inclusions may interfere with the light that is supposed to pass through the rock. The fewer inclusions a diamond has, the more beautiful it will be. That’s why the ones that have no inclusions are called Flawless or “Perfect”.
The final C of the list stands for Carat-Weight
If you don’t already know what it means, it’s the weight of a diamond measured in “carats”. The higher carat weight a diamond has, the rarer it becomes, and with this, the price goes up as well. You should be really careful before making a decision when it comes to buying diamonds. You don’t want to end up spending a lot of money on a cut that is “poor” and a diamond with bad clarity. The time you will spend on doing your research and carefully picking a diamond will grant you a lifetime satisfaction.