Diamond Education

 

While it may take years to become a diamond expert, it takes only a few minutes to become familiar with the basics of this precious gemstone. This guide will introduce you to the attributes that determine a diamond’s appearance and value.

Shape

Most diamonds are cut into one of ten shapes, each with its own appeal. Selecting a shape is often the first step in the process of choosing a ring.

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Cut

The cut of a diamond refers to the skill with which it has been cut. Many experts consider cut the single most important factor in selecting a diamond.

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Color

Diamonds are graded on a color scale that runs from colorless to light yellow. The less color is present, the higher a diamond’s value.

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Clarity

Almost all diamonds are marked by tiny imperfections, developed during their formation within the earth. Diamond clarity is a measure of internal and external imperfection.

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Carat Weight

The most well-known diamond attribute, carat refers to the weight of a gemstone. Not to be confused with gold ‘karat’, one carat is roughly equivalent to the weight of a paperclip.

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Certification

Given the high value of diamonds, many buyers want to be sure of exactly what they are buying. A diamond grading certificate is a professional report that lists the characteristics of a particular diamond.

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Care

Well cared-for diamond jewelry can be passed down through generations. Preserve the beauty of your diamond jewelry by taking a few simple measures.

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