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Knowing the Four C's for Your Diamond Earring

Posted on September 13, 2022 by Matthew Johnson

When choosing a diamond earring set, it's important to get an understanding of the four C's. However, what are the four C's and what on earth do they really mean? Here's a short explanation of clarity, cut, color, carat weight and what they mean when you're picking out diamond earrings.

1) The Clarity of a Diamond. Out of the four C's this is most likely the toughest for a normal person to differentiate when looking at a diamond earring, but is perhaps the most significant. The clarity determines how dull or brilliant the diamond will be determined by how much light can reflect without the disturbances of defects (also called inclusions). There are 12 unique symbols that are utilized to describe the clarity of a diamond. An"F" denotes that the diamond is perfect while in the opposite end of the spectrum, an I3 clarifies that a diamond has obvious flaws which can easily be seen with the naked eye. The ten grades in between these two describe how readily defects could be seen and with what sort of magnification.

2) The Carat Weight of a Diamond. While usually considered to explain size, the carat weight of a diamond really is a measurement of the weight of diamond. 1 carat is equal to 0.2 grams or 0.007 of an oz. It's thus, not a measure of quality but a measure of amount. The bigger the diamond, the more valuable since larger diamonds are more rare than smaller ones. Additionally it is important to keep in mind that simply because one diamond possibly double the weight of another diamond does not follow that the diamond earring will double in cost. The purchase price of diamonds increases exponentially.

2) The Cut of a Diamond. The term"cut" for a diamond has two distinct connotations. The more basic of the two, is the form of the diamond. Diamonds come in a variety of shapes like the round, oval, emerald, pear, heart, and marquis. While these cuts are easy to differentiate and to pick from, the harder"cut" to decode is the various angles, proportions, symmetry, polish and finish of the diamond earring. This plays a huge role in the beauty of the diamond and how well it will reflect light. If it's a"shallow cut" light will be missing from the bottom while if it's a"heavy cut" light will be dropped from the sides. The purpose is to obtain a"fine cut" where no light is lost. The quality of the cut depends upon the jeweler. A diamond is usually cut with 58 unique facets. If the cuts are mathematically precise and correct, then the diamond earring will have the ability to reflect light with brilliance.

4) The Colour of a Diamond. The color of this diamond helps determine the value of a diamond if it's completely without colour or is tinted yellow. There's a scale from D-Z that mark the colour of this diamond. The letter D is used for diamonds which are completely clear. Before assuming that the further along the scale you go less valuable the diamond is, think again.

Within the scale there are canary yellow, blue, pink, and crimson diamonds which are thought of as very precious. By way of instance, the rare and precious Hope Diamond isn't clear but blue.

All the four C's plays a huge part in the worth of a diamond all must be taken into consideration when buying your diamond earring collection. After gaining a better understanding of these critical factors that influence the value of the diamond, determine what's important to you so you could find yourself the best pair of diamond earrings.