The 4 C’s of Diamond Quality
So you decide you want to purchase a diamond, but where do you begin? What qualities should you look for? How do you know that you’re choosing the right one? The 4 C’s of diamond quality is a great place to start. The 4 C’s of diamond quality is the universal method for assessing the quality of a diamond, giving jewelers and customers the criteria to choose a diamond that is beautiful, radiant, and of impeccable quality.
Color: Color is the first C in the 4 C’s of diamond quality. The desired color of a diamond is actually the absence of color. A desirable diamond has no hue and no color, similar to a shimmering drop of water. In order to assess the color quality of a diamond, jewelers use a “D to Z” grading system. This system compares the diamond in question to “Masterstones”, which are diamonds that have an established color rank and value. When shopping for a new diamond, it’s beneficial to know where that diamond ranks in the D to Z grading system, so you can search for the best deal and, in the process, impress your significant others with your newfound knowledge of diamonds!
Clarity: Diamond clarity is the second C of the 4 C’s of diamond quality. Trying to tell a diamond’s clarity is difficult to the untrained eye, since clarity is based on natural characteristics or blemishes that can be tough to point out. As a casual shopper of jewelry, how do you know what to look for? This is where Warwick’s staff of expert jewelers save the day! Here at Warwick jewelers, we make sure to accurately and reliably assess our diamonds clarity, so that all of our customers get a fair and affordable price. So, when shopping for a diamond, don’t be afraid to ask about the clarity of the diamond!
Cut: The third C, is the diamond’s cut. Contrary to popular opinion, the cut is not only the material shape of the diamond, such as round, emerald, or pear, the cut is also assessed on its ability to interact with light, how well the diamond shimmers, sparkles, and dances with light. At Warwick Jewelers, we pride ourselves on the beautiful and radiant cut of our diamonds!
Carat Weight: The fourth and final measurement of the quality of a diamond, is the carat weight of a diamond. This is usually the most asked question regarding diamonds, how many carats is the diamond? While it is true that bigger diamonds are rarer and are therefore more expensive, it is extremely important to think about all four C’s when shopping for that perfect diamond.
With the 4 C’s in mind, you will be able to ask the right questions in order to find the perfect quality diamond for you!