When people hear the term “Carat Weight,” they think it refers to the size of the diamond, but it refers to the weight of the diamond.
Diamond color valuation is based on absence of color.
Natural Diamonds are formed by carbon atoms exposed to extreme heat and pressure. This process results in blemishes and inclusions.
The diamond cut follows GIA's cut grading system from Excellent to Poor cut grade.
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A one carat diamond equals 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams. The term is derived from the word 'carob', which were seeds used to measure diamonds in ancient history. The Carat does not necessarily affect the diamond value, two diamonds of the same carat size can have vastly different values.
A perfect carbon based diamond absent of impurities will be colorless (white). Diamond color grading is based on GIA's scale from D to Z (Colorless to light yellow). As the letters go down the scale so does the value of the diamond, D being the most expensive and Z being the least expensive
The inclusions can be uncrystallized carbon. Most of these inclusions are not visible to the naked eye. To examine these inclusions we used 10x magnification loupes or 30x magnifcation microscopes. The more inclusions in a diamond the less light is passed through giving the diamond a darker look. The less inclusions allows more light to pass through, giving the diamond more brilliance and increasing the cost. Diamond clarity grading is based on GIA's scale from Flawless (FL) to Included (I3).
Flawless – These diamonds do not have any inclusions and are considered to be perfect.
Internally Flawless – These diamonds may have very minor blemishes on the outside surface of the stone.
VVS1, VVS2 – These diamonds have very, very small inclusions.
VS1, VS2 – These diamonds have very small inclusions.
SI1, SI2, SI3 – These diamonds have small inclusions.
I1, I2, I3 – These diamonds have flaws which can be seen with the human eye.
A diamonds proportions will affect the amount of light returned to your eye and, therefore, affect the apparent brightness and sparkle of the diamond. The angled facets of the diamond act as mirrors bouncing light through and then out of the diamond . Shapes can come in a wide variety: Princess, Oval, Round, etc.
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