The 4C of diamonds are the basic criteria used by gemologists to evaluate the quality of a diamond. These criteria include color, clarity, cut, and weight in carats. By understanding these criteria, you will be able to choose a diamond that meets your needs and budget.
Diamonds with no internal or external imperfections (IF or FL) are extremely rare. Furthermore, a diamond does not have to be flawless to be splendid. VVS and VS quality diamonds are excellent choices, both for their value and appearance. Diamonds without visible inclusions to the naked eye are called "eye-clean" and are of SI1 and SI2 quality.
A perfect cut can improve the sparkle and brilliance of a diamond. Poorly cut diamonds can be less brilliant and less valuable. The categories of Ideal and Excellent, which depend on the shape of the diamond, indicate the proportions and cutting angles for maximum sparkle and fire.
The cut is the greatest indicator of beauty and should take priority over the other "C's". For example, a 2-carat diamond without any flaws or color tint can appear dull if not cut exceptionally.
A 5th C?
Once the diamond has been evaluated according to these 4 complementary criteria, the gemologist will be able to issue a certificate detailing the stone's characteristics. At MYEL, all of our diamonds over 0.5 carats come with a certificate of authenticity from a reputable laboratory such as IGI, attesting to the quality of the stones that we choose.
In conclusion, the diamond is the most precious of stones. It is evaluated based on 4 complementary criteria to determine its quality and thus its price: cut, color, carat, and clarity. Gemologists are trained professionals who evaluate the characteristics of diamonds and issue quality certificates. By understanding these criteria, you will be able to choose a diamond that meets your needs and budget, and you will be able to enjoy its sparkle and brilliance on your jewelry.