The 4Cs of Diamonds Explained

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Shopping for a diamond engagement ring can easily be one of the most significant purchases you ever make, so it’s crucial to be well-educated before your AMEX is swiped.

Most people find that the 4 C’s - cut, color, clarity and carat weight used to evaluate diamonds - are a good place to start when learning more about diamonds.

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The 4Cs of Diamonds Explained

  1. 1. The 4Cs of Diamonds Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Explained www.shapirodiamonds.com
  2. 2. CUT • Refers to interior angles and proportions within the diamond • Commonly confused with shape • Determines radiance and beauty
  3. 3. Best and rarest diamonds have an ideal cut. These diamonds reflect nearly all light that enters, creating the largest sparkle.
  4. 4. COLOR • Degree to which the diamond is colorless • Color scale ranges from D to Z o D = colorless o Z = yellow color present
  5. 5. Diamonds with natural color are not graded on the D to Z scale. They are considered more rare and more valuable than white diamonds.
  6. 6. CLARITY • Measured by how many inclusions (internal characteristics) and flaws the diamond has • More inclusions lead to less light reflecting from within the diamond • Better clarity means better quality
  7. 7. CLARITY CLASSIFICATIONS 1. Internally flawless: Reserved for “investment-grade diamonds”; extremely rare and expensive 2. Very very slightly imperfect: Difficult to see flaws under 10x magnification; very rare and expensive 3. Very slightly imperfect: Flaws are not visible to the naked eye; very high quality 4. Slightly imperfect: Flaws are not visible to the naked eye; very good quality 5. Imperfect: Flaws might be visible to the naked eye; commercial quality
  8. 8. CARAT • Often confused with size • Refers to diamond weight • One metric “carat” is equal to 200 milligrams o Diamonds below one carat are usually expressed by points • Remember: value of the diamond is not solely attributed to carat weight
  9. 9. For more educational information on diamonds, visit shapirodiamonds.com.

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