Diamonds are forever, but why are some of them worth so much more than others? After all, aren’t they basically like gold, which is all the same when it is melted down?
Well, it’s not quite the same with diamonds and as we will see, there are four main areas which an expert will look for, when determining a diamond’s worth. There, are known as the four Cs.
Colour, clarity, cut and carat.
Maybe you think that diamonds have no colour – but they do!
Diamonds can come in many colours and the brightest and deepest of these hues are often some of the most expensive.
So, if your diamond is blue, pink or even the rarest – a red – then you might be sitting on a small fortune.
But, there are also dyed diamonds, which, as the name suggests are artificially coloured diamonds. These, of course, look pretty and are still diamonds. But they won’t be worth as much as the natural coloured diamonds.
Because naturally coloured diamonds are so rare, it is most likely that your diamond’s value will be measured by how little colour it has.
Put shortly, the less colour the diamond has, the higher it scores on the chart of diamond colour.
When determining the colour of a diamond, it should really be done outside of the ring. This is because when it is set besides other colours (i.e. the colour of the gold ring) it may be more difficult to determine its true colour.
Any shop worth its salt should be able to arrange for the stones to be removed and evaluated, prior to making a sale. If the seller is not willing, then reconsider your purchase.
The scale with which the colour of diamonds is measured on, is a chart between Z (naturally yellow) and D (colourless). Colourless are valued the highest.
This is how pure your diamond is and how flawlessly it sparkles. Most diamonds will look beautiful and even a cheap diamond cannot fail to shine. But some diamonds sparkle more than others and the ways that they are assessed are by looking for ‘inclusions’ i.e. flaws.
Basically, the higher the number of inclusions on a stone, the lower its clarity is judged to be.
There are a whole host of different types of ‘inclusions’ that you should be aware of including ‘feathers’ ‘pinpoints’ ‘carbon spots’ and ‘clouds’.
The cut of your diamond is highly important when determining its value. But there is a lot more to the cut, than whether it is cut in a round shape or not!
A badly cut diamond can ruin the qualities of an otherwise flawless clarity or colour, so take care when choosing.
Whichever shape your diamond is cut into, it should have a symmetry and reflect a white hue, from the top of it.
You do not want a diamond which is flat or asymmetrical, as it will fail to sparkle and glow.
Put simply, the carat is the unit which the diamond’s weight is measured in.
Of course, this matters, because it tells you how much diamond you have got for your buck.
But it is possible to be obsessed with the carat to the exclusion of all the other considerations. Whilst we would always want to know what the carat is, it should not be sacrificed for the overall quality of the diamond’s cut, clarity or colour.