The 4 C’s: Clarity

In the previous posts, we’ve discussed cut and color. Now. let’s look at clarity! Clarity refers to the absence, or presence, of internal characteristics (inclusions) and external characteristics (blemishes) in a diamond. Diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. Small crystals can become trapped in a …

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The 4 C’s: Color

The term ‘color’ in grading diamonds actually references their lack of color. Generally speaking, the less color a natural diamond has, the more valuable it is. The color grading system for the Gemological Institute of America, which is considered the standard, starts with the letter D and ends with Z. D is considered the best …

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The 4 C’s: Cut

Diamonds are the birthstone of this month, so we’ll focus on how they’re graded over the next several weeks, using the 4 C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight. Cut is arguably the most important of the 4 C’s, so it seems fitting to discuss it first. Cut is what gives a diamond its sparkle. …

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April’s Birthstones: Diamonds and their Simulants

Diamond is the hardest stone on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning it scratches every other stone. Their name actually comes from the Greek word adamas, meaning unconquerable, due to this.Diamonds are graded by the 4C’s: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat.Diamonds can be colorless, yellow, brown, green, blue, red, pink, and black.Famous diamonds include the Hope …

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