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CHOOSING
THE RIGHT
DIAMOND

How to Buy a
Diamond, the 4C Buying Guide

CARAT

The unit of weight used for diamonds is the carat. For smaller stones carats are further divided into 100 points.

COLOR

The most desirable color for a diamond is true white or colorless. Diamonds are given a letter from D to Z to determine how far from colorless they appear.

CLARITY

Clarity is determined by examining a stone for the placement and number of irregularities. The fewer the inclusions the more valuable the stone.

CUT

The cut determines sparkle in a diamond. When light enters a well cut stone, it reflects off of the facets and returns to your eye as brilliance and scintillation.

SHAPE

OVAL

PRINCESS

PEAR

ROUND

RADIANT CUT – PAVILION

MARQUISE
EMERALD
CUSHION
RADIANT CUT – TABLE

GRADING

FLAWLESS

INCLUDED

FLFLAWLESS
IFINTERNALLY FLAWLESS
VVS2/VVS1VERY VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED
VS2/VS1VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED
SL1/SL2SLIGHTLY INCLUDED
I1/I2/I3INCLUDED

COLOR

D-J
K-Z

SHAPE

OVAL

PRINCESS

PEAR
MARQUISE
EMERALD
RADIANT CUT – TABLE
CUSHION

ROUND

RADIANT CUT – PAVILION

OVAL

PRINCESS

PEAR
MARQUISE
EMERALD
RADIANT CUT – TABLE
CUSHION

ROUND

RADIANT CUT – PAVILION

COLOR

D-J
K-Z

GRADING

FLAWLESS

INCLUDED

FLFLAWLESS
IFINTERNALLY FLAWLESS
VVS2/VVS1VERY VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED
VS2/VS1VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED
SL1/SL2SLIGHTLY INCLUDED
I1/I2/I3INCLUDED

JEWELRY IS
PERSONAL

JEWELRY IS
PERSONAL