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Diamonds – The Four C’s

The quality of a diamond is judged by four criteria known as the 4 C’s :

Cut, Colour, Clarity & Carat.

Carat: Diamonds are weighed in metric carats. A carat is divided into 100 “points.” This means a diamond of 50 points is equivalent to 0.50 carats. Carat weight 1.00ct =0.2 grams or 5.00ct = 1gram

Clarity: Created by nature, born deep in the earth under intense heat and pressure, nearly all diamonds contain unique clarity characteristics. Flawless diamonds are extremely rare and highly valued. Most clarity characteristics are invisible unless magnified at least 10 times. Clarity is graded from Flawless or Internally Flawless to Included or Pique.

Colour: Colourless diamonds are also very rare and highly valued. Most diamonds have a slight yellow or brown tint. GIA uses letters to represent colors, beginning with D (colorless) and ending at Z (light yellow or brown).

“Fancy coloured diamonds” are even more uncommon than the colorless ones, but they have been found in every colour imaginable, from pink and blue to purple and red. They have their own GIA color grading system. Fancy colour diamonds have a definite colour face up. These are graded by saturation and tone of colour

Cut: While diamonds can be fashioned into different shapes, the term ‘cut’ refers to proportion. A diamond’s cut pertains to the number, placement and shape of the facets that create the finished diamond. A well-cut, balanced diamond uses light bouncing off its facets to create, reflect and magnify colour and sparkle.

Diamonds are as unique as people.  We understand that buying a diamond is an important purchase, that’s why at Natalie Teare Jewellery, each diamond is carefully selected to perfectly suit each client’s wishes.

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