Wearing a diamond has so many connotations. It represents love, relationship and a sense of eternal bonding. When you are investing in something which has so much meaning for you, it is important that you invest in the right thing. When it comes to choosing the right kind of diamond, there are 3 C’s in diamond buying you cannot forget or miss. They are cut, clarity and carat weight. Having an understanding of these three factors makes all the difference to your purchase.
The cut of the diamond is probably the most important one you need to keep in mind. When you are technically analysing the stone, this becomes the most important feature. The diamond transmits light, and it is the cut that determines how much of the light will be able to interact with the different facets in the stone. The craftsmanship and beauty of the diamond comes from its cut. It shows the stone’s polish, symmetry and proportion. In a standard round brilliant stone, the proportions of the facets are calculated to determine how much light will pass through the stone. This calculation defines the fire, brightness and scintillation of the stone.
Clarity is the next important thing that needs to be considered. When a natural diamond is exposed to pressure and heat while still buried in the Earth, it has blemishes and inclusions. The inclusions occur on the inside of the stone while blemishes occur on the outside. These may not always be noticeable to the naked eye. However, these will determine the clarity of the stone. It is not possible to find a perfect diamond, but there are those which come close. The higher the clarity of the diamond, the more valuable the diamond is. It is the evaluation of the number of imperfections, the size of it and the position of it that will decide the clarity of the stone.
Carat weight is the metric weight that is equal to 200 milligrams. The carat weight of a diamond is, in essence the weight of diamond itself. Each carat is divided into 100 points so that the carat weight can be measured up to the 100th decimal place. The heavier the diamond, the higher the carat weight and therefore the more expensive the diamond will be. The only exception to this is that two diamonds may have the same carat weight but can differ in price based on the other two C’s (cut and clarity).