Choosing The Right Diamond
A diamond is valued by the relationship of cut, clarity, color and carat weight. Each of these variables affects the price that you pay for your diamond. Although perfect diamonds are extremely rare, one may find beauty in most stones.
This is the measure by which we weigh a diamond. We weigh ourselves in pounds and a diamond in carats. Diamonds of equal quality are valued at a disproportionate rate as the stone goes up in size.
The clarity defines how free of inclusions (internal imperfections) the diamond is. The fewer the amount of inclusions, the more valuable the diamond. If the diamond is heavily included, you will be able to see the imperfections to the naked eye (without magnification).
The most valuable diamonds are free of any body color. Most diamonds have faint hints of color. These colors could be brown, gray, but most are yellow. The degree of body color determines the color grade. In a well-manufactured diamond, a stone with a warm hue of yellow faces up (appearance to the naked eye) white.
Over the years, master diamond cutters have perfected the art of cutting. If a diamond is cut too shallow or too deep, light will escape through the pavilion (cylinder looking, bottom of a diamond) of the stone. If a diamond is properly fashioned, the maximum amount of light will be displayed through the top of the stone.
The most popular of all shapes of a diamond is the round brilliant cut. This shape shows the nicest balance of brilliance, scintillation and fire. The second shape favored by many people is the princess cut.
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