The 4Cs!

Good Morning followers,
Hope you all had a great weekend and now fresh to start your daily routine.
A good friend of mine suggested to write about Diamonds & Gemstones 
feature and a very brief guideline of what to expect when buying a stone.
The thing that you might want to know about me is that I have got my GIA 
Accredited Professional Jeweler certificate last year via e-learning so I have
 some sort of information on this aspect.
All photos are courtesy of GIA & Blue Nile.
You will see more posts on Blue Nile in future, and wait for it as  it worth the wait 🙂
Today I want to talk just about diamonds:
4Cs is referred to Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat in a diamond. 

Here are some definitions:
Color: The Color of the diamond is all about what you can’t see.
Diamonds are valued by how closely they approach colorlessness – the less color, the higher the value. Most diamonds found in jewelry stores run from colorless to near-colorless with slight hints of yellow or brown
Clarity: Diamond Clarity refers to the absence of internal inclusions or external blemishes.
Because they are created deep within the earth, most diamonds contain unique birthmarks called inclusions (internal) and blemishes (external). Diamonds with very few birthmarks are rare and, of course, rarity affects a diamond’s value
Cut: Cut fuels the diamond’s fire, sparkle, and brilliance.
the cut of a diamond has three attributes: brightness (the total light reflected from a diamond), fire (the dispersion of light into the colors of the spectrum), and scintillation (the light flashes – or sparkle – when a diamond moves).
Carat: Diamonds and other gemstones are weighed using metric carats with one carat weighing about the same as a small paper clip, or 0.2 grams. Just as a dollar is divided into 100 pennies, a carat is divided into 100 points which means that a diamond of 50 points weighs 0.50 carats

By knowing about the 4Cs you will be able to chose a more appropriate 
diamond even to meet your budget. For example if you like a diamond 
with D color and VVS2 clarity the price can go really high so you should go 
for more smaller one in carat weight. on the other hand, inclusions and 
blemishes can make a diamond rare and unique so you might even like the
 natural inclusion in your diamond and even if the color has a tendency yellow,
 brown or champagne it can be so romantic and you can chose a much bigger
 stone and pay the same price as you wanted to pay for a clear but small 
diamond.  The thing about diamonds is that each of them is so unique and 
a very good cut can make them glow on you the way you can never 
imagine. You cannot find any 2 identical diamonds with the same color 
& clarity in nature and that’s what is beautiful about that. 
so whenever you are going to buy a diamond ask your jeweller about the 
exact details of your diamond, keep the 4Cs is mind and enjoy your 
wonderful piece.

From Diamond “D” color to “Z” color wich the yellow is completely noticeable 
(Photo courtesy of GIA)
Diamond Color Chart
(Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)
Fancy colored diamonds in orange, pink, green, blue, yellow and sometimes
mixture of 2 colors, i.e. grayish blue or orangy pink
(Photo courtesy of GIA) 
Different colors for Yellow Diamonds
(Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)

(Photo courtesy of GIA
(Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)

Different Shapes of Diamonds available in the market,though Round is 
by far the most popular and then it comes to Princess cut for engagement rings. 
The round is often called as the standard cut and the rest are fancy cuts but due
 to the high demand for new cuts, the fancy cuts have been welcomed by the 
customers in last couple of years.
(Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)
Different shapes of diamonds
(Photo courtesy of GIA)
A round brilliant cut diamond can have either 57 or 58 facets, the 58th 
being a tiny flat facet at the  bottom of the pavilion, known as the culet. 
The large, flat facet on the top is the table. The proportions of a diamond
 refer to the relationships between table size, crown angle, and pavilion depth. 
(Photo courtesy of GIA)
Ideal Round Brilliant Cut
(Photo courtesy of GIA)
Comparing different cuts with Ideal cut that reflects the light as 
much as possible and make the most fire and scintillation
(Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)
Cushion cut: This unique shape has been popular for more than a century. 
corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance.
 (Photo courtesy of Blue Nile
The heart cut is the ultimate symbol of love. The unique look of the heart-shaped diamond helps make it a distinctive choice for a variety of diamond jewelry. (Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)
Pear-shaped: this brilliant-cut diamond is also called a teardrop for its single point and rounded end. The unique look of the pear shape helps make it a popular choice for a variety of diamond jewelry (Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)
Radiant cut: trimmed corners are the signature of this diamond, and they help make the radiant-cut a popular and versatile choice for jewelry. A radiant-cut looks equally beautiful set with either baguette or round side-diamonds. Radiant-cut diamonds can vary in their degree of rectangularity. (Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)
Marquise The shape of a marquise diamond can maximize carat weight, giving you a much larger-looking diamond. This brilliant-cut diamond looks beautiful set with round or pear-shaped side stones.(Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)
Asscher cut: this beautifully unique shape is nearly identical to the emerald-cut, except that it is square. Also, this shape has a pavilion that is cut with rectangular facets in the same style as the emerald-cut. (Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)
Emerald Cut: What makes this shape different is its pavilion, which is cut with

rectangular facets to create a unique optical appearance. Due to its larger,

open table, this shape highlights the clarity of a diamond 
(Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)

The Princess cut: this is the most popular non-round diamond. Its beautiful brilliance
and unique cut makes it a favorite for engagement rings. The princess has pointed
 corners and is traditionally square in shape. 
(Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)
Oval cut: An oval diamond has beautiful brilliance that’s similar to a round diamond. 
(Photo courtesy of Blue Nile)

Carat Sizes
(Photo Courtesy of GIA)

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Comments (6)

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    Awesome, Thanks

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    Bebe Bakhshi

    welcome honey 🙂

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    le sorelle

    wow great post – i never knew all of this about diamonds! i will have to share this info with my future husband 😉

    sorelle in style

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    Bebe Bakhshi

    glad you found it useful, sure you do…he needs to know what to buy before propose 😀 😛

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    I learned this when my hubby and were looking at engagement rings! I find it so fascinating that every diamond is so different!

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    Bebe Bakhshi

    nice to learn about heel condoms 😀 lol thx for visit

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