The 4 C’s Of Diamonds: How Do They Work?

By: Amidon Jewelers

The world of diamond grading is a fascinating place. Appraisal professionals are trusted to put a price tag on some of the most valuable natural resources available in the modern era, and that is certainly nothing to scoff at. The process is intricate and detail oriented, and professionals use high powered microscopes as a way of zooming in close in an attempt to identify any flaws or imperfections in the diamond. Examining the piece from a variety of different angles is another way that visible imperfections are identified. A visible scratch will have more of an impact on the overall worth of a piece than one that is only visible at an extreme close up, for obvious reasons. Amidon Jewelers Trusted Diamond Education and Appraisals Amidon Jewelers Trusted Diamond Education and Appraisals   Diamonds are graded according to something called “The 4 C’s”. These are four separate factors that contribute to the overall worth of a single diamond. Loose diamonds, in general, are easier to grade and often have more authentic appraisals given the appraiser can really examine the gem from all angles. Regardless of whether or not it is set into a fine jewelry piece or not, they are measured according to the same standards. The color, clarity, cut and carat weight are all used as a way to determine the final value of the diamond. Some of these are more obvious than others. Colored diamonds are often artificially heat treated in order to achieve the desired color, and naturally pink diamonds, for example, are incredibly rare and very expensive. Carat weight generally refers to size, although a large diamond with noticeable imperfections will not achieve as high of a value as a more perfect, smaller gem quality diamond. The cut refers to the shape and number of facets the diamond has, and clarity refers to the perfection. If there is noticeable discoloration, scratches, or fogginess upon either close microscopic inspection or a more general visual inspection, the value suffers. Diamonds are unique. There are no other gemstones that can convey the same sense of class, glamour and grace. No matter the piece they are set into – stud earrings, engagement rings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. – they bring something indescribable to your overall aesthetic. Understanding more about how these irreplaceable natural gems are shaped and assessed for quality and price adjustment is just one of the ways that you can use to further explore your love of diamonds. They are part of a fascinating and world changing industry.