By: Samar Yahya
Diamonds are beloved by every woman and women are always keen to have at least one diamond ring among their jewellery.
Diamond experts set 4 main factors that we should consider while buying a diamond which are known as the “4Cs” – Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat weight.
Diamond cut refers to a diamond’s proportions, symmetry and polish. The beauty of a diamond depends more on cut than any other factor. The quality of the cut determines diamond brilliance. Ideal cut diamonds are designed to maximize brilliance and scintillation
Most diamonds seen alone appear white, but most have a hint of color, mainly yellow. In a white diamond, the presence of a yellow tint will lower the price of a diamond. Diamonds with no trace of color at all are extremely rare and become very expensive. Also rare are the diamonds with a strong pure color that are called “fancies” and which are very valuable.
Formed millions of years ago, under the earth crust with enormous heat and pressure, most diamonds contain tiny marks, known as
“inclusions”, which make each stone unique. The clarity scale range varies from the best as LC (loupe clean) to I3 (Inclusion 3).
A diamond’s weight is the simplest of its characteristics to measure and from the earliest times was used to calculate its value. Diamond weight is measured in carats, and each carat is divided into 100 points. A carat is equal to 1/5th of a gram and the carat weight is unrelated to the similar sounding karat, which refers to gold’s purity.