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The 4C's of a Diamond
A diamonds' value is determined by the the 4C's: Cut, Colour, Carat and Clarity. The most valuable diamonds are those that possess the best of all four factors.
Diamonds come in an array of colours, depending on the trace elements found within the stone. The most valuable and reflective white diamonds are those with the least amount of colour.
The cut of a diamond determines the light performance and brilliance of the stone. Designed to reflect the light within through mirror-like facets, the grade of the diamond will depend on how deep or wide it has been cut.
Carat is the unit of measurement used to weight precious stones. The larger the diamond, the rarer it is. 1 carat is equivalent to 0.2 grams, or 0.0007 ounces.
Natural birthmarks known as inclusions affect the transparency or brilliance of a diamond. The less impurities, the rarer the diamond, and the more brilliant and shine it has.