A diamonds is a precious stone that consists of a colorless and transparent crystalline form of carbon. People have been fascinated by diamonds for thousands of years. These gemstones had incredible value since ancient times. Even today, they are very popular especially as part of different types of jewelry. If you want to purchase diamonds, you should know that there are a few things that you must learn about diamonds before buying them. In this way, you can make a more sound decision and know exactly what you will get and what you can expect.

When it comes to selecting a good diamond or a piece of jewelry that has a diamond on it, you should be aware of the existence of the so-called 4 Cs – carat, clarity, color and cut.

Carat is the unit used to determine the weight of any diamond. One carat equals around 200 milligrams. Keep in mind that the diamond’s size is not the same as the diamond’s weight. There are cases when one-carat diamonds are smaller than others, but their value is more or less the same. In other words, you should not take the size of the diamond as a factor that will determine whether you are looking at a good deal or not. The value of the diamond is determined after you take the rest of the factors into account.

The second thing that you should check is the clarity – the number of flaws found in the diamond. The most relevant scale for determining the clarity is the one created by the GIA – Gemological Institute of America. Based on this scale, diamonds can be imperfect, slightly imperfect, very slightly included, very, very slightly included, internally flawless, and flawless. The clarity is determined with the help of a microscope.

The perfect diamonds don’t have a color and the ones that are not of high quality look a little bit yellowish.

Finally, you should check the cut of the diamond. Diamonds offered in jewelry stores come in different cuts. Some examples include pear cut, round cut, rectangle/square cut, oval cut, marquise cut and heart cut. Each of these cuts is associated with the personal traits of the wearer. For example, pear cut is ideal for considerate and adaptable persons.

Hopefully, this short guide will help you find the ideal diamond and avoid making mistakes when choosing a diamond.

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