If you are interested to buy diamond jewelry, you need to pay attention to the basic factor called 4C to help you choose the right piece of jewelry for you. Some of you should have heard about this 4C, but some of you might have not known about it.
So, for you who might have not heard or know about it, the 4C is stand for clarity, cut, color, and carat. These C’s are the most basic factor in deciding the quality of gem stone, especially for diamond.
The diamond clarity
For common people, this factor might be the hardest thing to determine, although some say it is the most important factor from the rest of the other C’s. The clarity of a diamond will decide whether the diamond is brilliant or dull.
The diamond clarity will indicate the amount of light that is reflected by the diamond. Some diamonds have natural flaws which are called as inclusion. These inclusions will hindrance the diamond ability to reflect the lights, make the diamond less shiny.
The clarity will be classified into 12 different grades. The highest grade is marked with the “F” symbol which stands for flawless. Meanwhile the lowest grade is marked with I3 symbol which mean that the diamond has visible flaws that can be seen easily by naked eyes.
The other 10 grades between the F and I3 grades indicate the range visibility of flaws in the diamond. The higher the grade will be harder to see the flaws with naked eyes. The closest grade to the F grade will require special magnification device to spot the flaws in the diamond.
The carat or weight
The size of the diamond or gemstone is determined by its weight. The diamond’s weight is measured with carat unit. One carat is representing 0.007 ounce or 0.2 grams. Carat measurement does not use to determine the diamond quality, but it is use to determine the diamond quantity.
Due to the flaws that might present in the diamond and the cuts, a diamond might look bigger or smaller than the other diamond with the same carat. But, the carat will affect the diamond price because larger diamonds are more difficult to find than the small ones.
Although, that does not mean that the diamond with 4 carat will has double price as 2 carat diamonds price. There are other factor that can affect the diamond price, and the price can rises according the time or the background story of the gemstone itself.
We will continue our discussion with the rest of the Cs in the next article.