Start with the 4Cs
Cut, clarity, colour and carat: these are the qualities that influence the price of stones. Understanding them will give you a scale to get the best value for your money.
Cut, clarity, colour and carat: these are the qualities that most influence the price of your stone. Understanding them will give you a sliding scale to compare different stones, work out your budget and get the best value for your money.
<ol><li><strong>Cut</strong></li></ol>The most important of the 4Cs cut gives your stone its ‘wow’ factor: its sparkle. Cut determines your <a href="https://www.gsdiamonds.com.au/diamonds/">diamond’s</a> ability to handle light.
<strong>TOP BUYING TIPS</strong><ul><li>A properly cut diamond has ‘fire’ – it brilliantly absorbs and reflects light via the top of the stone.</li><li>Combine beauty and value by choosing a lower carat stone in a superior cut.</li><li>Get the most value for your budget by focusing on cut over colour and clarity.</li><li>GS Diamonds cut grade snapshot: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair.</li></ul>
</em></strong>The second most important is colour, or a lack thereof. The less colour in your stone, or the ‘whiter’ it appears, the rarer considered to be.
<strong>TOP BUYING TIPS</strong><ul><li>After sparkle, colour is usually the second thing you’ll notice about a diamond.</li><li>Grade D is considered the most colourless, but you can consider an H or I – if you are price conscious.</li><li>GS Diamonds colour grade snapshot: D, E-F, G-H, I-J, K-M.</li></ul>
</em></strong>The third most important quality is the carat. Not to be confused with size, carat refers to the diamond’s total weight.
<strong>TOP BUYING TIPS</strong><ul><li>Diamond prices jump significantly at full- and half-carat weight points (e.g. 1.0ct, 1.5ct, 2.0ct).</li><li>Small variations in carat weight aren’t obvious to the eye but can greatly affect the cost.</li><li>GS Diamonds carat range can be anywhere from 0.2 up to 10.0</li></ul>
</em></strong>Finally, consider the clarity, or flawlessness, of your stone. Bear in mind that most imperfections aren’t visible to the untrained eye.<strong><em>
</em></strong><strong>TOP BUYING TIPS</strong><ul><li>Clarity is considered the least important of the 4Cs as it doesn’t affect the diamond’s visual impact. Like most things in nature, diamonds are rarely perfect.</li><li>Remember: the cut of a diamond can go a long way in disguising any natural flaws.</li><li>Combine beauty and value: if you look at a diamond and can’t see any flaws without magnification, you can probably choose a lower clarity grade. While an SI clarity grade isn’t necessarily 100% eye clean, some flaws are hardly noticeable.</li><li>GS Diamonds will only sell diamonds that are above SI2 grade. This ensures you get diamonds that is clean to the eye.</li></ul>
Find out more about Loose Diamonds, including major steps of the Estimating process: Certification, Quality and Pricing. Having a comprehensive overview of 4 C's will provide you full understanding how to value loose diamonds, you are going to buy or sell.
You are all set for your engagement, and are going through the variety of options that you have pertaining to diamonds in the market. You know that you can either get the stone mounted on top of the ring set, or you can buy it separately, to ensure that you have a better choice in selecting the diamond, and then mounting it on a proper ring setting.
In a bid to educate you about the diamond buying process, we would like to mention some of the most common mistakes couples commit while buying diamonds for their engagement or wedding. By learning from the mistakes made by others, you can actually ensure that you follow a flawless pattern for buying the diamonds you want.
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