The 4 C's Of Buying A Diamond

THE 4 C's OF BUYING A DIAMOND

4C's: Four Characteristics that determine the quality and value of a diamond.

CUT

Many people confuse cut with the shape of a diamond. Diamonds are cut into a number of shapes; depending on the nature of rough diamond. The most popular are Round, Marquise, Oval, Pear, Heart and Emerald; and the choice is largely a matter of personal preference. Whatever the shape, however, a well cut diamond is the work of a master diamond cutter. When cut to good proportions, the diamond is better able to handle light, creating more scintillation, more sparkle and that's a great reflection on you.


Diamond Cut
It is the cut that enables a diamond to make the best use of light.
  • When a diamond is cut in good proportions, light is reflected from one facet to another and then dispersed through the top of the diamond.
  • If the cut of the diamond is too deep, some light escapes through the opposite side of the pavilion.
  • If the cut is too shallow, light escapes through the pavilion before it can be reflected.
Diamond Proportions
Diamond Details



COLOR

Color


CLARITY

Clarity



Proportions Of Diamonds
SHALLOW

If the diamond is cut too shallow, part of the light leeks out the bottom.

Diamond Shallow
IDEAL

In a properly cut diamond, light entering through the table and bezel face is reflected back through the top.

Diamond Ideal

DEEP

If the diamond is cut too deep, much of the light leaks out of the side.

Diamond Diamond Deep

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