The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), created the first and what is now globally accepted standard for accessing diamond quality. Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat-weight, primarily known as the 4C’s, is the universal language for people to know what exactly they are buying.
Here at DiamondStuds.com, we offer precious stones that are GIA & EGL certified. All certified diamonds are accompanied with a grading report from a gem lab to ensure buyers of what type of diamonds is best for their specific need and budget.
When we speak of diamond quality, taking into account the cut is one of the main priorities. The proportions of the diamond opposed to its shape (round, princess, cushion, etc.), allows us to see the shine when maximum amounts of light hits the top of the diamond. Of course, the more fine and well-made the cut is, the higher quality the diamond is. Color comes into play when determining the quality of the diamond. The color of the diamond is based on the color or lack thereof of yellow hues. The whiter the diamond, the higher the quality. The GIA comprised of an alphabetized- scale that grades the diamond on the noticeable colors it has.
The clarity of diamond means the total amount of natural flaws, or “blemishes” it has. Some of the natural inclusions can be visibly seen with the naked-eye, and other times the diamond has to be professionally examined to see the quality. The clearer a diamond is the more valuable it is. When completing the process of evaluating the diamond quality, the carat is the final step. Not to be mistaken for carat-size or the amount of karat gold, this refers to the actual weight of the diamond. Typically, one might think the bigger the stone, the bigger the carat. However, this is not always the case. As the carat-weight of a diamond increases, so does its rarity and the quality & price.
Let this be a guide for the next time you select a diamond. Whether you are looking to “pop the question” to that special someone, or looking to enhance your jewelry game, this can help you become an expert.