So, it’s time to find a diamond but you’re not sure where to begin? That’s where we come in.
There are 4 key components which can heavily influence the price of a diamond. These are known as the 4C’s. Think of this as a checklist of sorts, a universal way to determine the quality of the diamond.
Now maybe you’ve never heard of the 4C’s and that’s okay, you’re in exactly the right place to get a brief rundown of what each C means and how this influences the price.
So let’s start with C number 1 – the cut. For many people, the cut is often overlooked, opting instead to go for a ring with a better colour or clarity. But the cut is an element that shouldn’t be overlooked. The cut of diamond can be the key difference between a diamond that looks dull and lifeless with minimal sparkle and shine or a diamond that has fire and brilliance and dazzles from every angle.
Secondly we have the colour of the diamond. Diamonds are ranked on a colour scale starting at D which is colourless, the whitest diamond colour, all the way through to Z which appears rather yellow/brown. The closer the colour is to D, the more expensive a diamond becomes. However, it’s important to keep in mind that diamonds all the way through to H on the colour scale still appear almost colourless – with the difference in colour being minimal.
The third C stands for clarity – which simply refers to a diamonds natural imperfections, also known as inclusions. Inclusions can range from flawless, which means they have none, through to I3 (inclusions 3), which means a stone is full of inclusions. With many diamonds however, they can be graded at having a few inclusions although these may be so minor that the stone is still eye clean. As a general rule, the fewer inclusions a diamond has, the more expensive it becomes.
The final of the 4 C’s is carat. The carat of a diamond refers to the weight of the stone. A bigger carat = a bigger + more expensive diamond. If size is what you’re after, it might be worth compromising on elements such as clarity to get the WOW factor you’re after.
Here at The Diamond Club, we’re committed to ensuring you get your dream diamond within your budget. Pierre has access to thousands of diamond listings and spends hours ensuring he finds the best quality stones at the best prices. Book an appointment today and allow us to take the stress out of finding your dream diamond.
Originally published at thediamondclub.com.au