Forevermark Diamond Expert Explains the 4 C's to Splurging on a Sparkler
Posted Tuesday September 3, 2013 6:07 AM GMT
Buying a diamond is a major investment (literally and figuratively), so naturally, much consideration goes into the purchase of such a costly piece.
We caught up with Forevermark Diamond Expert Adelaide Polk-Bauman who explained the most important details to consider while shopping for a show-stopping shiner — or as they’re referred to in a jeweler’s world — the four C’s: Cut, color, clarity and carat weight.
“Every Forevermark diamond comes with a promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced, and must meet certain high standards in terms of these 4Cs,” said Polk-Bauman. “In a way, we have done your homework for you, but to understand the elements a bit better, refer to the guide below.”
Cut: Cut most influences the sparkle of a polished diamond. To maximize sparkle, a diamond must be cut to very specific parameters of angle and dimension. Diamond cutting is truly an art. To understand a well cut diamond, hold it up to the light and see that the diamond projects a robust array of colors across the rainbow spectrum. Cut also refers to the shape of the diamond. Round and princess, or “square-shaped”, are the most popular. Oval, marquise, pear, emerald, Asscher, heart, and cushion are also well-known, but rarer.
Clarity: Clarity is determined by intensity of natural visible features. Diamonds without features are rarer and therefore more valuable. Generally, small “inclusions” do not affect the beauty of a diamond. Clarity is a very powerful grading category; diamonds equal in carat weight, color and cut grades will vary exponentially in price depending on clarity.
Carat: Carat is a measure of weight. One carat or “ct” is equal to 1/5 of a gram. As diamonds increase in size, they become increasingly rare in nature. As rarity is an important component of value, a one carat diamond will be worth a great deal more than two 1/2 carat diamonds of equal color, clarity and cut.
Color: Diamonds occur naturally in all colors of the rainbow. The rarest diamonds show no color at all, except fancy colors which can be quite rare as color intensity grows. The color scale is rated from “D” to “Z”. Color variations can be so slight that color grading is done by an expert under controlled lighting conditions using a master sample set of confirmed color graded diamonds for accuracy. This is yet another reason why diamond cutting, polishing and grading truly is an art.
"The most important thing to remember is that a diamond gift is a gift of love, no matter the investment level or grade of diamond. Forevermark authorized jewelers are your best resource for questions. We choose our partnership as carefully as we select our Forevermark diamonds. To start yourself off more technically on the grading process, locate a jeweler nearest you, browse lookbooks of diamond styles, or to design your own, visit Forevermarkdiamond.com."