The 4C's of Diamonds
If someone asked you to describe a diamond what words would you use? Stunning? Brilliant? Unique? Expensive? Often times when we think of diamonds we think of the classic round cut diamond that is clear as an piece of ice and sparkles as the sun reflects off its facets. But what determines the quality and better yet the price of a diamond. Other than its size, or carat weight, there are 3 other C's (cut, color and clarity) that determine the quality and price tag of a diamond.
Up until the mid twentieth century there was no agreed upon method of grading diamonds. Everyone had their own method to determine the quality of a diamond. It wasn't until the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) created the 4C's method for grading diamonds that there was any sort of consistency. Now the 4C's (cut, color, clarity and carat weight) is the universal method for grading diamonds.
Below we dive into each C and explain how these factor determine the quality and inadvertently the price tag of a diamond.