A lot of things need to be considered when it comes to buying a diamond but among all things, the four Cs of the diamond are perhaps the most important thing that needs to be considered. The four Cs are basically the carat, color, cut and carat and this is considered as the universal method for determining the quality of any kind of diamond across the world.
Rick Casper Diamond explains about the 4Cs of diamond in depth
When planning to purchase a diamond it is important to know in depth about how diamonds are classified. There are four topics that one needs to become familiar with which include cut, color, clarity, and carat.
As a professional diamond gemologist, Rick Casper Diamond says that the price of the diamond and the quality depends very much on these 4 Cs and thus it becomes important to understand in detail about these 4Cs of diamond which are mentioned below:
- Cut: It is important to note that the shape and cut of the diamond are two different things. A diamond can be available in various shapes such as pear, princess, round, marquaise etc. But irrespective of the shape of the diamond, it gets it brightness due to the cut that it gets. For instance, a diamond that has been cut correctly will have correct angles that will allow the light to disperse back on the diamond’s top facets after entering. On the other hand, a diamond that is not cut in the right way will allow the light to escape through the bottom of the diamond.
- Color: Diamonds usually come in almost every color but most people are concerned with diamonds that are white in color. GIA or The Gemological Institute of America rates the color of white diamonds from D that is colorless to Z which is light yellow. People prefer choosing diamonds that are colorless as they allow light to pass through, resulting in the light being dispersed. It is important to note that the differences from one grade to the other are very slight and it takes a qualified eye and years of experience to color grade a diamond.
- Clarity: This is determined by the amount and location of blemishes, or flaws, in the diamond. Most of the diamonds include very minute birthmarks which are also referred to as “inclusions.” An inclusion can get in the way with the light passing through the diamond. The smaller amount the inclusions, the more stunning the diamond will be.
- Carat: The weight of the diamond is measured in carat. The carat of the diamond can be determined easily but two diamonds of same carat may differ in price due to cut, color and clarity.
These are some of the most important things to consider when it comes to choosing diamond.
Apart from being a diamond gemologist Rick Casper Diamond also serves as a guide to a number of young individuals who aim to work with precious stones one day. He has a student who is currently enrolled in the Graduate Gemologist Program at the Gemological Institute of America.