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Diamond Buying Guide

Diamond Buying Guide

At Scheherazade Jewelers, we carry an exceptional selection of sizes, shapes and qualities of diamonds, so you’re sure to find a great fit for your expectations and budget. To help inform your diamond search, here’s a quick overview of  The 4 Cs, which are the major factors that define the appearance and value of a diamond:

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Cut

The quality of the cut affects the brilliance of a diamond, so it is an important factor in determining the value of a diamond. There are several grading techniques that have been developed to classify the cut of a particular diamond. In general, these grades are: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor.

Color

Diamonds range in color from colorless to yellow. Even though most diamonds appear colorless to the untrained eye, the majority of diamonds contain traces of yellow or brown. The closer the stone is to colorless, the rarer it is, thus increasing the value. The diamond industry uses the GIA Diamond Color-Grading Scale to classify the color of a diamond, starting with D (colorless) and ranging all the way to Z.

The Fifth C = Confidence

Although this isn’t an official standard, buying your diamond through an American Gem Society jeweler like Scheherazade ensures that you are dealing with a qualified, certified seller. When you buy your diamond from us, you can feel confident that you are getting incredible quality and value!

Carat

The weight of a diamond is measured in carats. One carat is equal to 1/5th of a gram and one carat is divided into 100 ëpoints’, so that a diamond of 75 points weighs 0.75 carats. Carat weight is the easiest of the 4C’s to determine. But two diamonds of equal weight can have very unequal value, depending on their cut, color and clarity.

Clarity

Most diamonds contain very tiny natural birthmarks known as inclusions. However, the fewer and smaller the inclusions are, the less likely they will interfere with the passage of light through the diamond, and the more beautiful the diamond will be. A diamond that is free of both inclusions and surface blemishes is very rare and therefore more valuable. Diamonds are given a clarity grade that ranges from flawless (FL) to diamonds with more prominent inclusions (I3). The GIA Clarity Scale designates 11 grades, with most readily available diamonds falling into the VS or SI categories.