The Four Categories To Evaluate When Buying A Diamond

22 April 2022
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Have you decided to buy a diamond ring, but you feel completely lost when it comes to shopping for one? It will help to know the following four ways to evaluate the diamond stone so that you know what you are getting.

The Cut 

Be aware that the cut of a diamond is not the shape of a diamond, such as round or square. The cut of a diamond is actually based on how much the diamond sparkles under the light due to how the diamond has been physically cut. This specific attribute is graded on a scale with five potential ratings. It can be rated as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. Testing is done by placing a diamond in a measuring device that will rotate the diamond in a circle to capture different aspects of how the diamond reacts to light. 

Measurements are also taken of the diamond in different ways. There are many things that you will easily understand about these measurements, such as the table size or top flat surface of the diamond. However, some metrics are very difficult to see unless you know what you are looking for. These attributes are used to give the diamond a final evaluation for the cut. 

The Clarity

The diamond clarity scale has 11 different possible grades to assign a diamond. The highest grade for a diamond is a flawless grade, while the lowest is an I3 rating. If a diamond is given a flawless rating then there are no blemishes or inclusions on the stone under magnification. Meanwhile, an I3 rating will have blemishes or inclusions that are clearly visible without magnification.

The Color

Diamonds will have a higher grade when they contain less color, with a completely colorless diamond being the best kind you can find. Grades are assigned based on a letter scale, with D being the highest grade and Z being the lowest grade. Grades for diamonds are assigned by comparing a diamond with a set of diamonds that have been assigned to the color grade scale. The diamond in question is compared to each graded diamond until the grade can be determined. 

The Carat Weight

A diamond's carat weight is very straightforward since 1 carat is equal to 200 milligrams. As you would expect, a larger diamond is going to have a higher carat weight and be more expensive to purchase. 

For more info, contact a local fine jewelry store