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The value of a diamond is determined by 4 characteristics known as “The 4 C’s”. These are: Cut, Carat, Colour and Clarity.

Cut:

The way a Diamond is cut dramatically influences how much fire and life it has and how much it sparkles. In a well cut Diamond, the maximum amount of light is reflected back up through the table of the stone, releasing its beauty. All our Diamonds at ABSOLUTE DIAMONDS are of the finest export quality.

Cut also refers to the shape of the diamonds, and this reflects upon the price, while cuts such as a brilliant have slightly higher price tags, a cut such as a emerald cut will be a bit cheaper

Carat:

A Carat is the unit of measurement used when weighing a diamond. One carat is the equivalent of 0.2 grams. A diamonds’ value is greatly determined by its weight. For example if you had two identical diamonds i.e. same colour, clarity and cut but the one weighs 1 carat and the other only half a carat, the 1 carat diamond may be worth as much as 350% more than the half carat!

Thus a carat refers to the weight of the diamond and not its size. Bigger is not always better or more expensive when considering a diamond purchase, although diamonds larger than a carat are generally considered rare and of greater value per carat. EG:a large H I1 will cost less than a small D flawless .There are 100 points in a carat (25 points = ¼ carat)

Colour:

A diamond’s colour is graded in a range from D-Z. D being truly colourless and of the highest quality. E and F are also graded as colourless while G, H, I and J are near colourless. Stones grades K, L, and M will have obvious hints of colour and as the scale approaches P you may find subtle changes in hue and tone.

The exceptions to the rule are "Fancy" diamonds in colours that include pink, blue, orange, green, and canary yellow. These are particularly rare and very valuable.

Colour determines the rarity and value of a diamond and the "best " colour for a diamond is no colour, which allows the stone to cleanly reflect light. Diamonds with no colour (colourless) are very rare and you'll find them to be very expensive. Most diamonds used in jewellery are nearly colourless with faint yellow or brown tints

Clarity:

Diamonds have been formed over millions of years through "crystallisation" and most contain small inclusions or imperfections. They appear in the form of small specks and generally are only visible with a jeweller's loupe. The fewer the inclusions, the better the quality and higher the cost.

Shape:

Diamonds are cut in the following standard shapes:

 

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