The Four C’s: Everything you need to know about our diamonds
Every diamond is unique. To establish a diamond’s quality, it is important to understand the Four C’s — Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat. The overall combination of these is what determines the value and beauty of a diamond.
Shapes & Styles
From the classic round to the modern cushion cut, diamonds come in many distinct shapes.
Each one presents unique characteristics to reflect the wearer’s unique personality.
THE LESS COLOR IN A DIAMOND, THE MORE VALUABLE IT BECOMES.
While most diamonds appear white to the untrained eye, the majority display a hint of yellow or brown colour. Diamonds are graded by colour, starting at the colourless grade D and moving through the alphabet to the light yellow Z. Within that range, colorless diamonds are the most rare and therefore the most valuable.
CLARITY IS A MEASURE OF A DIAMOND’S NATURAL FLAWS AND IMPURITIES.
The size, nature, location and amount of inclusions determine a diamond’s clarity grade and affect its cost.
CARAT WEIGHT IS THE SIMPLEST FACTOR TO DETERMINE.
A diamond’s weight, not size, is measured in carats. One carat is divided into 100 points, so a diamond of 75 points
weighs .75 carats.
THE CUT OF A DIAMOND IS THE MOST IMPORTANT AS IT DETERMINES ITS RADIANCE
A diamond’s proportions determine how light performs when it enters the diamond. Diamonds with specific proportions and good polish make better use of the light, and will be bright, colorful, and scintillating.
The 5th C – Certification
GIA – The Gemological Institute Of America
Established in 1931 and recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities in diamond grading, GIA developed the Four C’s and the International Diamond Grading System, the standard used around the globe. Expert gemologists examine each diamond under controlled lighting and viewing conditions in order to provide the most rigorous assessments of a diamond’s Four C’s.