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4 C’s of Diamonds. Which “C” Is the Most Important?

No matter what diamond wholesale you are about to choose, diamond cost depends on 4 basic characteristics, which are now referred to as 4 C’s – color and clarity, cut and carat. All these elements determine the value of the stone. Let’s find out more about these characteristics.

#1 Carat Weight

The word carat comes from the carob tree pod seed that grows in tropical climates. A carat is subdivided into 100 points, and when a diamond measuring is 75 points, it is ¾ carats in weight. Five carats is 1 gr. Many people believe that a carat refers to the stone’s size, but it really refers to the stone’s weight. It does has an effect on the diamond size, but many people buy a huge carat diamond with rather poor clarity and cut for less than smaller stones cost.
It is essential to buy a carat size which is right under the next highest carat, as this allows saving more. The size difference can be defined with a naked eye, but much money can be saved for staying under one carat.

#2 Clarity

The clarity of the stone is determined by the position, nature, size, color and number of inclusions and blemishes. Clarity is the measure of the diamond’s flawless. The more flawless the stone, the less inclusions it possesses, thus it is very expensive.
Irregularities are the result of the liquid magna formation process, within which all diamonds are created. The clarity of the stone is measured on a scale from flawless (pure) and up to I-3 (heavily included). A good diamond is the one that falls in the range slightly included-very slightly included. The final grade is determined by how the blemishes and inclusions are for the grader to see.

Even when the inclusions are not visible, they obstruct the light from reflecting off the diamond’s facets. This reduces both brilliance and sparkle. There is not so many diamonds without infusions.

#3 Color

A perfect diamond is the diamond without any color. The color of the stone is graded from D to Z on a special color scale diamonds of known colors are used for comparison stones for color grading. The color of the diamond determines its cost and value. Colorless diamonds are very rare, but when looking for the diamonds wholesale, most customers cannot differentiate between grades D and F.

The color of the diamond is really very important as it alters the light and fire the stone reflects. However, in most cases the choice depends on one’s personal preferences, as many people prefer buying diamond of warm tones. If you are more interested in the ways to save money on the diamond wholesale, choose lower color quality.

#4 Cut

What’s the diamond cut? It refers to the facets and angles on the gemstone. The cut itself ensures that the stone has maximum sparkle and brilliance. When the diamond is cut deep, the stone loses its brilliance and sparkle. This means that the beauty of the diamond can be controlled, since the cuts are made by men. A perfect cut is able to hide blemishes. When the stone is improperly cut, it lacks fire, and then it doesn’t matter much how large or clear it is.
It is really very hard to say which of the 4 C’s matters a lot. When you are searching for diamonds for sale, too many things depend on your personal taste. Some people sacrifice clarity and color to the size, others focus on a perfect cut. Everyone has his/her own way of picking a perfect diamond and everything depends on one’s preferences and diamond price.

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