Marquise Brilliant 1.34 Carat K Color SI2 Clarity
Important Diamond Buying Tips
When buying a diamond, it's important to know the 4Cs. A diamond's value is determined by using all of the 4Cs. The 4Cs are cut, color, clarity, and carat.
Cut: A diamond's cut is crucial to the stone's final beauty and value. A diamond's cut grade is how a diamond's facets interact with light. There are 4 main cut grades: Poor/Fair, Good, Very Good, and Ideal.
Color: A diamond's color grade is rated on a scale from D-Z with D being colorless. As you move up the scale towards Z, the presence of color increases. Colorless (D) diamonds are priced higher than colored (Z) diamonds. Much of these color distinctions, especially when you're closer to D are very sublte and often can be invisible to an untrained eye, but they make a big difference in the diamond's quality and price.
Clarity: A diamond's clarity is a reference to the impurities in the form of blemishes and inclusions on/within the diamond. These terms each tell the location of where the impurity with blemishes being on the diamond and inclusions inside of the diamond. Blemishes occur after the formation of the diamond whereas inclusions happen during it's creation.
Carat: Is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs. A metric carat is defined as 200 milligrams. It can be further subdivided into 100 "points". This allows for more precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. For example, a 1.08 carat would be described as "one point oh eight carats". All else being equal, diamond prices increase with diamond carat weight. Two diamonds of equal carat weight could still have very different prices depending on the other specifications.
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