Finding the perfect diamond is important when looking for the perfect ring! At Joyce’s Jewelry, we are here to help make that decision easier. The key to finding the right diamond piece that captures your love is to make the perfect balance between what gemologists refer to as the 4Cs. These are four headings, used by the GIA who are often seen as the authority on diamonds and gemstones. The 4 C’s refer to Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat of a diamond. It is all about striking a perfect balance between those things to find the right diamond piece for you and your loved one!
Let's look at color.
Some are under the impression that diamonds come out white, but the whitest diamonds are actually the rarest of them all! The color scale, shown above, is used to measure color from D to Z. This helps you understand your options and their subtle differences.
Next is clarity.
As diamonds are natural minerals, they bear nature’s mark through what are called inclusions. Almost all diamonds feature inclusions, as flawless diamonds are incredibly rare. The clarity of a diamond is determined by closely examining the stone under ten times magnification. This is because most inclusions can not be seen by the naked eye. Diamonds with a higher clarity are deemed typically more valuable.
The cut is the only aspect of a diamond that is determined by the skill and craftsmanship of the jeweler. When most people come to find their perfect diamond, this is the C that they have in mind! We see changes in popularity over the years, but all cuts remain beautiful and unique.
Finally, the carat.
Please note the above image is only a demonstration of scale and due to different screen sizes may not proportionally represent carat weight.
One of the most popular misconceptions is that the carat refers to the size of the diamond. In fact, the carat measurement is actually referring to the weight of the diamond. In styles where lots of smaller diamonds are used, then the carat weight refers to the total weight of all the diamonds combined. The higher the carat, the heavier the diamond will be, which often results in a bigger diamond.
This can be a lot to take in and understand, which is why we are here to help! Come see us at Joyce’s Jewelry, and we will find the perfect diamond just for you!