A good understanding of diamonds is necessary before
you begin shoppping. We've put the basics together here to help guide you.
Learning about diamonds is really learning about the "four Cs" of diamonds -
cut, clarity, color and carat weight. These are the criteria jewelers use when
grading diamonds, and they're the ones you'll need to understand to find the
right diamond for you.
Cut is probably the most important, and most challenging, of the four Cs to understand.
The brilliance of a diamond depends heavily on its cut. gddiamond carries only the
better grades of diamond cut, to ensure that your jewelry is as beautiful as
possible. This guide will show you how to select a diamond with the best cut
that your budget allows.
Most diamonds contain some inner flaws, or inclusions,
that occur during the formation process. The visibility, number and size of
these inclusions determine what is called the clarity of a diamond. Diamonds
that are clear create more brilliance, and thus are more highly prized, and
priced. This guide shows you how to find the best grade of clarity for you.
Colorless diamonds are the most desirable since they allow the
most refraction of light (sparkle). Off white diamonds absorb light, inhibiting
brilliance. To ensure that your gddiamond jewelry is of the highest quality, we've
preselected our diamonds to eliminate those of lesser color grades. Read on to
understand how color affects a diamond and how to choose the best grade for your
A carat is the unit of weight by which a diamond is
measured. Because large diamonds are found less commonly than small diamonds,
the price of a diamond rises exponentionaly to its size. Read this guide to get
a better understanding of what a carat is and how it affects the appearance of a
The diamond certificate, which is sometimes called a
grading report, is a complete evaluation of your diamond that has been performed
by a qualified professional with the help of special gemological instruments.
Each stone bears its own recognizable, individual characteristics, which is
listed on the certificate. This guide will help you understand why a certificate
is so imporant when buying a diamond.