diamond guide: the 4cs of diamonds
A breathtaking center stone in an engagement ring or a sparkling accent in a delicate gold pendant, diamonds are forever treasured and always on trend. Read on to learn how to assess the quality of a diamond, so you can choose the right stone for your budget and style.
buying a diamond
Everyone wants a diamond with optimal fire, sparkle and brilliance. With so many options, however, choosing a quality stone can feel overwhelming. While everyone's diamond search is unique, it helps to understand what makes one diamond superior to another, so you can make an informed purchasing decision.
what are the 4cs of diamonds?
The 4Cs of diamonds are the universal methods for assessing the excellence of any diamond, anywhere in the world. With every diamond, cut, color, clarity and carat weight work to determine its value. Basically, the 4Cs of diamonds are how gemologists measure diamond quality.
diamond carat weight
When most people think about diamond quality, their minds immediately focus on carat weight. While other factors are also important, carat weight is one of the most significant characteristics in determining a diamond's quality and price.
what is a diamond carat?
This refers to the actual physical weight of the diamond. The larger the carat, the pricier the diamond, although the other Cs can also work to influence the final price.
diamond carat chart
Diamonds are available in a variety of sizes, but the most common diamond sizes range from .25 to 5 carats. A Helzberg jewelry expert can give you precise weights based on the shape and carat of a particular diamond.
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