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Buying a Diamond
There are 4 C's that determine the value of a diamond. To establish a diamond's quality, jeweler's examine each of the 4C's: Cut, Clarity, Carat Weight, & Color. The combination of the 4C's determines the value of a particular diamond.
The better the cut, the more brilliant the diamond. A well cut or faceted diamond, regardless of its shape, twinkles with fire and light - offering the greatest brilliance and value. While nature determines a diamonds clarity, carat weight, and color, the hand of a master craftsman is necessary to release the stone's true beauty, allowing light to reflect from one mirror-like facet to another.
The purer a diamond, the more brilliant. The greater a diamond's clarity, the more brilliant, valuable and rare. Virtually all nautral diamonds contain identifying characteristics, yet many are invisible to the naked eye. Under a 10x magnifying microscopem natural phenomena - called inclusions - may be seen. Diamonds categorized as flawless reveal no such inclusions.
The larger the diamond, the rarer it is. Larger Diamonds are rarely found in nature. What also makes a bigger diamond so desireable is that it shows off a stone's fine color and cut, and therefore its brilliance, to its best advantage. A diamonds size is measured in carat weight, and each carat is equal to 100 points. A.75 carat diamond is the same as a 75 point diamond or a 3/4 carat stone.
The more pure the color in a diamond, the more rare the diamond. Diamonds are graded by color, starting at D and continuing throught alphabet. Truly colorless stones, (graded D)are treasured for their rarity and value.