Diamonds are beautiful, timeless accessories that don’t fall out of style with every season like most of the things we wear. But shopping for them can bring up some confusion and even frustration.
Especially if you don’t know what to look for in a diamond cut and the remaining 4 C’s. Luckily, we’ve created a little guide to help you out!
Keep reading for more information.
What Exactly Is Diamond Cut?
A diamond’s cut is often mistaken for a diamond’s shape. For instance, you may purchase one that’s round, marquise, pear, or oval.
But really, a diamond’s cut grade is about how well the facets of the diamond catch and interact with light. This is determined by looking at the following factors.
A diamond’s level of brightness is usually the first thing you recognize. It relates to the amount of white light that’s reflected from the diamond.
A diamond has light and dark parts. The scintillation describes the amount of sparkle it produces as well as the pattern of the light and dark areas.
You will see a diamond’s fire when you look your jewelry under a light, but it doesn’t have anything to do with burning. The fire in a diamond describes the way the white light scatters and creates the various colors of the rainbow.
The 4 C’s of a Diamond
You may have heard of the 4 C’s of a diamond; the cut, color, carat, and clarity. These elements all play a role in the overall desirability, price, and beauty of a diamond.
But if you are an average person who hasn’t had a background like that of a jeweler, you may find these concepts confusing.
So, in this section, we’ll provide you with a full breakdown of these elements. And when you’re ready to start shopping, you can learn more about that here.
We’ve already discussed the cut of a diamond a bit. It is the most important “C” when it comes to determining exactly how beautiful the diamond is.
When shopping for jewelry, this “C” should be the one you pay the most attention to. And if you have to sacrifice one, make it the clarity or color, not the cut.
A diamond with good coloring will either look white or colorless (clear) to your naked eye. You don’t want the diamond to be cloudy or have a grayish hue.
Otherwise, the color will interfere with the reflection of light. Remember, you want to see a mix of rainbow colors and white.
The carat of the diamond describes its weight and size. This is something that will be a personal preference of yourself or the person you’re shopping for.
If you like a bigger more flashy piece of jewelry, you will purchase a diamond with a higher number of carats. But if you like something more modest and subtle, you will choose a lower carat.
The clarity of the diamond is similar to what we talked about when describing the color. You want a diamond that is clean and free of inclusions and blemishes.
If the clarity is clean, it will distract from the fire of the diamond.
When shopping, always keep the 4 C’s in mind knowing that the cut is the most important. If you have to compromise on another “C” that’s totally fine, but don’t hold back with that one.
And like diamond cut, your happiness is another part of your life where you can’t afford to compromise. So, follow our blog to learn ways to keep yourself happy, beautiful, and stylish.