The 4C's

First thing first.

Congrats. You are searching for the perfect piece of jewelry.

We're initially here for beautiful designs, but first - we want you to actually know what it is that you are buying. Education is must when investing a decent budget in a fine piece of jewelry.

Knowledge is power.

Understanding the 4C's- Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat is not only a way to help you find the diamond that is right for you, but will also assure you as to its value.

it’s easy to be distracted by beautiful design and overall aesthetic. But when it comes to finding something truly special, it’s all about the details.

READY?!

We're here to take you step by step with the base ground of diamond grading.

This is about 3 minutes reading and going to give you a ton of added value once you start your diamond shopping.

1.

CUT

Diamonds come in a lot of different contours and shapes.

A diamond’s cut refers to the arrangement of its facets. The cut is considered the most important of the 4C's - this is what delivers the diamond's brilliance.

A square look, rectangular, round, oval, heart - and many more. Each shape has a certain "golden" proportions to it - calculating the balance of the top facet and depth, to make the most out of it.

Most diamonds are cut into one of two styles: brilliant (a mix of triangular and kite-shaped facets), or step (composed of rectangular facets).

The cut is evaluated on the diamond’s “face-up” appearance, and its balance of proportions, durability, polish, and symmetry.

Top facet and depth may differ from stone to stone - one might look too shallow and will not shine at all, where another might shine nicely but be too deep in cut - in that case you will "loose" the facet's face up size and appearance.

2.

COLOR

Color is grading the absence of color in a diamond.

Grading for colorless stone starts at "D", and going downward alphabetically, to the yellow zone marked as "Z".

Diamonds come in a variety of hues. Most diamonds have a slight yellow tint, so colorless white diamonds are rare and significantly higher in price.

Because color impacts a jewelry's overall appearance, we recommend colorless, near colorless and faintly colored diamonds (D to J) - depending on the piece's chosen alloy and overall budget.

We usually would reccomend faintly colored diamonds set with yellow gold (H-J), moving up on color grading for white or rose gold pieces (D-G).

3.

CLARITY

Clarity refers to the visual internal spots and lines inside a diamond. It’s determined by the number of inclusions in the diamond and is difficult to notice without the help of a magnifier.

These inclusions occur naturally during the diamond growth process, and can impact how “cloudy” a diamond appear and how light passes through the stone. This actually makes each diamond unique.

A few important factors are considered when assigning a diamond’s clarity grade.

- The size & number of imperfections.

- The position of the imperfections inside the diamond.

- The noticeable contrast between the imperfections and the diamond itself.

Diamonds graded VS2 and above are without any eye-visible inclusions to deliver maximum brilliance. Diamonds with clarity grades of SI/2, are with inclusions that vary -depending on the diamond cut and shape. Thats where we come in, selecting a stone that might be graded low as SI but with unseen imperfections or ones that can be easily hidden after setting.

4.

CARAT

The carat refers to its weight, not size. One diamond carat is equal to 0.2 grams.

When it comes to carat weight, bigger isn’t always better because the way a diamond is cut is what influences its appearance. In fact, a higher carat diamond with a poor cut can appear smaller than a lower carat diamond with a high-quality cut.

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