More than Carats: The Other Sides of Diamonds You Need to See

Elegant Diamond RingBuying diamonds is more than just looking at the mass or carat of the jewel. A lot of people think that this is the defining factor for a diamond’s price, but the truth is, there’s a lot more to it.

When you learn the basics of diamond quality, you’ll realize that it’s both a science and art. AAA Jewelers, a long-time jewelry shop in Salt Lake City says determining a jewel’s worth is not as easy as carat inspecting. You won’t need to be a master yourself though. But it surely pays to know the basics.

Here are the 3C’s of diamond quality you need to know:

Color

In diamond lingo, color accurately means lack of color. Experts grade diamond on the basis of the hue’s absence. So, for instance, when you have a “pure” diamond, it means what you have doesn’t have color. As easy as it may sound, inspecting the diamond’s color requires much effort. That’s because a lot of the differences in color are so delicate that only trained individuals can spot it. They also inspect diamonds under specific controlled lighting to assess their hue accurately. The bottom line is, the purer and the colorless the diamond is, the more expensive it is.

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Cut

Contrary to what people think, the cut isn’t just about how the surfaces of the diamond were shaped. It’s about the diamond’s proportions, symmetry and polish — and how these are able to reflect as much light as possible. The more light it reflects, the costlier it becomes. Cut grading is evaluated on a scale, from Poor to Excellent. Go around shops and ask jewelry experts to guide you better into how each cut grades differ from the other.

Clarity

This measures the absence of blemishes and inclusions on the diamonds. Before being mined, diamonds are exposed to intense heat and pressure under the ground. So, they usually have internal features and external blemishes. Experts determine how these two affect how the stone looks. The more flawless the gem is, the more expensive it is.

The next time you shop for a diamond, don’t just look at the carat. Consider color, cut, and clarity before making a purchase.