If you have ever come into the process of buying a diamond engagement ring or purchasing a diamond online, then you may have all wondered about the most important ‘C’ is in the 4Cs of diamond quality. The answer to this question is actually very easy “it depends”. It depends, on your budget, likeness and what you and your partner give most importance to. Just as it is when you buy a new car or a new property, your diamond choices would also depend on your budget.
The only thing that would matter here is to obtain the best quality stone that is available in your budget. You would also come across various tradeoffs in this process; however, the most important step is to find out what matters the most to you. This would surely help you in deciding on the area where you should compromise.
Carat weight is the unit used for determining the size of the diamond. Even with a small change in the carat weight the total price of the diamond could vary by hundreds and thousands of dollars.
If it is the size that matters most to you, you could pick a diamond shape that creates the illusion of a bigger size. There are a number of fancy diamond shapes that would look much bigger than their actual carat weight, which would include the elongated diamond shapes like the rectangles, ovals, and marquise.
The center diamond would also appear to be larger if the engagement ring band is narrow. In addition, using a bezel or a halo setting could also emphasize the size of the centerpiece. If it is the size of the stone that only matters to you, then you may buy a five-carat diamond ring after compromising on the other Cs. However, the quality of this stone would be much lower to be called a diamond. Hence, we could understand that carat weight alone couldn’t make the diamond look impressive.
Even the barely noticeable differences in the color of the diamond could have an impact on its total value. Consider two diamonds with similar carat weight, clarity, cutting style and shape. The color alone could make a great difference in the value of the stone. Simply with the smallest tint of color, the total value of the stone could change completely.
GIA estimates the amount of color in the diamond by carefully viewing it in controlled viewing and lighting conditions. In this way, they would set up the color grade of the stone. The GIA diamond color grading scale starts with D, which indicates colorlessness and ends with Z which shows a slightly yellowish color. There are a total of 23 color grades in the diamond color chart which is again subdivided into five such as the light (S-Z) which is the lowest in the range; very light (N-R); faint (K-M); near colorless (G-J); and colorless (D-F) which is the highest in the range.
It is absolutely rare to find a completely flawless diamond. You could work in the jewelry industry for your entire life without finding one. The other extreme end of the diamond clarity comprises of diamonds with inclusions that could be easily noticed by looking at it with the naked eye. Most of the customers prefer buying diamonds that fall in between this scale; these are diamonds with inclusion which could only be seen by viewing it under a 10× magnification. The retail stores are filled with these stones that lie in the middle range.
The diamond clarity chart made by GIA has about 11 clarity grades. The factors that come into play when it comes to the clarity grade of the diamond are the number, nature, size, position, and relief or color of any blemishes or inclusions. If you take a look at diamonds that fall into the various clarity grades you would be able to narrow down one based on your preferences.
There are people who deem every diamond quality to be important. If you are a person who values the sparkle of the diamond, which makes it noticed by everyone present in the room then it is very important to consider the cut quality of the diamond.
The quality of diamond cut refers to how proficiently they have cut the diamond. The cut grade of the diamond would determine the appearance of and the series of proportion sets in the diamond. When all these qualities are combined together the stone would be able to give out the most spectacular light return possible. The cutting grade for the round brilliant diamond was made by GIA based on thousands of observations. The cut grade scale developed by GIA includes grades ranging from Excellent to Poor.
Just like that of clarity and color the diamonds with greater cut grade are really expensive.