Everybody knows that diamonds are very valuable. But what determines their values?
You guessed it! It is the Four C’s of a diamond that determines its value.
Carat – represents the weight. One carat is equal to 0.2 grams, about the same weight as a paperclip. Don’t mix the “carat” with “karat” which refers gold purity.
Clarity – refers to the absence of (internal) inclusions and (external) blemishes. Diamonds without these birthmarks are rare, and rarity affects a diamond’s value. Using the GIA International Diamond Grading System™, diamonds are assigned a clarity grade that ranges from flawless (FL) to diamonds with obvious inclusions (I3).
Color – Diamond color is all about what you can’t see. Diamonds are valued by how closely they approach colorlessness – the less color, the higher their value. (The exception to this is fancy-color diamonds, such as pinks and blues, which lie outside this color range.)
Cut – The cut of any diamond has three attributes: brilliance (the total light reflected from a diamond), fire (the dispersion of light into the colors of the spectrum), and scintillation (the flashes of light, or sparkle, when a diamond is moved).