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The 4 C’s of Diamond Shopping

The centerpiece of your ring will be your diamond, and to buy the right one, you’ll need to know a lot more than just how big it is. When jewelers evaluate diamonds, they typically rate them against 4 qualities: Cut, Carats, Color, and Clarity. We’ll talk about each quality below, and explain how they will…

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Clarity – The 4 C’s of Diamond Shopping

Clarity Other than diamond color, clarity is the other most important factor in your diamond search. Clarity is a measure of how many discrete impurities there are inside your diamond. This is different than the impurities that cause coloring issues. Remember that diamonds are created as a result of random interactions of carbon under great…

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Color – The 4 C’s of Diamond Shopping

Color What is a diamond anyway? Its a shiny stone right? Ha, yes it is. But how is it made? Diamonds are made of highly compressed carbon. Carbon is what pencil lead (also known as graphite) is largely made of, and it’s an essential element for all life on Earth. Now, when some of the Earth’s carbon…

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Carats – The 4 C’s of Diamond Shopping

Carats This is probably the quality of a diamond you’ve heard about the most. Essentially carats indicate the size of the diamond. To be precise, a carat is about 200 milligrams of a diamond. To be more practical, a 1 carat diamond will typically be about 6.5 millimeters across. That doesn’t sound like much, but…

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Cut – The 4 C’s of Diamond Shopping

Cut Traditionally this is the last of the 4 C’s but I like to talk about it first because its the easiest. For most people, they are probably thinking about getting a “round” cut diamond. This is the typical diamond everyone knows, and chances are your mental image of a diamond is one that looks…

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