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Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend

The 4 C’s Of Diamonds

Buying a diamond is often a very personal experience.

Diamonds can be bought to to signify engagements, significant accomplishments, or milestones in your life or that of a gift’s recipient.

Unlike when you buy clothing, electronics, or cars, the features of a diamond may not seem quite so obvious to you.

At Emerald City Jewelers we would like to change that.

The more you know about your diamond jewelry, the more confident you will feel when making your diamond jewelry choices.

Take a moment to learn more about the 4Cs and find out how they play a an important role in making your diamond jewelry unique.

 Diamond Shape

The shape of the diamond is often confused with the cut.

Emerald City Jewelers carries any diamond shape from Asscher cut to Cushion cut including Round, Princess, Oval, Pear, and Marquise.

Choose the shape that you like based on your style and you cannot go wrong.

Diamond Cut

The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance or sparkle.

Each shape will be cut differently.

Before a diamond is cut, the location of inclusions and flaws, the natural coloration, and the original shape of the rough stone are studied extensively.

The stone facets are then mapped out and cut in a way that maximizes size, shape, and clarity.

For optimal light performance, you will want a diamond that is cut neither too shallow nor too deep, like the stones that Emerald City Jewelers offers.

Feel free to visit the Gemological Institute of America’s site at http://4cs.gia.edu/ for more information on the 4c’s of diamonds.

Color

Diamonds are graded based on the amount of color they do or do not possess.

The scale runs from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow).

An absolutely colorless diamond is rare and therefore very valuable.

At Emerald City Jewelers, our jewelry contains near colorless diamonds ranging from D to M, and even fancy color diamonds like yellow, pink, and more, depending on what the customer wants.

We let you make the decision in choosing the diamond that’s right for you.

Clarity

A diamond is distinguished by its natural characteristics, just as a person would be noted for her blue eyes or his brown hair.

Notated as a diamond’s clarity, these characteristics can be present on the surface (blemishes) or within the stone (inclusions).

The clarity is judged by the number and types of these characteristics and is designated using a scale that runs from Fl, defined as flawless, to I3, defined as inclusions visible with the naked eye.

A flawless diamond is truly rare.

Carat Weight

The unit of measurement used for the weight of a diamond is the carat.

As a matter of reference, a carat is equivalent to .2 grams or .007 of an ounce.

Carat weight can also be divided further by using points.

There are 100 points in one carat. So a 1/4 (.25) carat stone can also be expressed as 25 points and mean exactly the same thing.

When comparing two diamonds, please note that just because one is twice the carat weight of the other does not mean that it will appear to be twice the size.

For more information on the 4c’s of diamonds visit the Gemological Institute of America’s website at http://4cs.gia.edu/

 

 

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