They say, “A diamond is a girl’s best friend”. Therefore, we say in a perfect world where there is no budget problem and an unlimited supply of diamonds, people would have spectacularly cut “Flawless” diamonds. Every diamond is unique in its own way. In a real world, with lots of gorgeous diamonds going around, you only need to find one that suits you the best.
When choosing a diamond, it is all about creating a perfect balance among several factors to get the most out of your budget. The four C’s i.e. clarity, cut, color and carat contributes to your diamonds prestige and beauty.
Let us have a look at these four C’s that help you to choose the perfect diamond:
When referring to the ‘Carat’ of a diamond, it actually means the weight. Often girls say, “The bigger, the better”. Similarly, this is applied to the diamond. Even though bigger is sometimes great, you need to look at the other qualities of the diamond too.
When it comes to certified diamonds, then this is true. Sometimes when a diamond is compared, even though it may look big, it will weigh less than its looks. So before purchasing any diamond, compare their diameters and pay close attention to their cut.
When referring to a diamond’s proportions and finish, it means its ‘Cut’. In other words, cut is known as the beauty of a diamond. When a diamond is cut perfectly, it comes to life and therefore it becomes hard to spot the flaws in a diamond.
The cut of the diamond is rated in five categories, which includes:
- Very Good
The highest cut diamond is referred to as excellent. Some labs refer to it as ‘0’ or ‘ideal’. To be on the safe side, you can refer to it as excellent.
Referred to as ‘inclusions’, this emphasizes the inner crystallization of the diamond. However, prominent and large inclusions diminish the attractiveness of a diamond.
Each certified diamond comes with an inclusion map. This way you can check where in your diamond the inclusions are located. With the help of the map, the inclusions can be camouflaged by sparkles or setting of the diamond.
An ‘SI’ clarity diamond means “Slightly Included” whereas ‘VS’ means “Very Slight Inclusion”. In SI, you can spot the inclusions upon close inspection whereas in VS, the inclusions are not clear to the naked eye.
When it comes to the color of the diamond, it has scale that ranges from colorless i.e. D to very strong color (brown or yellow) i.e. Z. The most expensive diamonds are the pure white diamonds. Diamonds with warm hue include M, L and K.
One of the best-colored diamonds is the J color. They are referred to as the “sweet spot”. They are low price, attractive and are easy on the eyes without being too much flashy. The true color of a diamond can be determined by looking it upside down.
If you are looking to buy a diamond within your budget, then shop in an independent jeweler store. These jewelers offer less expansive diamonds than their competitors do. Before purchasing any diamond, compare prices from various websites and then pick one that is in your country. Sometimes diamonds look great but they have an asymmetrical cut that makes them a bad return on investment when sold. By reading this article, you will have an idea on how to pick the correct diamond that will suit you.