While they are all dazzling, breathtaking treasures, they each carry their own 'fingertip'. Every diamond is different in many ways. From its size, to its quality, and measured by color, shape, clarity and various characteristics. Diamonds are valuable, but just how valuable? That is based mostly on a systematic evaluation and factors that include elements like rarity, cut and more. 2000 years ago, carat weight, color and clarity were the factors used to classify diamonds in India, but In the 1950s four key factors were defined (the 4 c's), Carat weight, clarity, cut & color, and from then on these are used to classify the quality of a finished diamond.
Complexions of yellows & Browns are very common in most diamonds, and although it might be more colorful, it actually an indication of a lower value. A colorless diamond is rarer and therefore more valuable. On the 4 c's scale, the color, the hint of color and the lack of it carry a substantial weight when defining the value of the diamond. Naturally, these are elements that automatically affect the price range.
It might seem flawless, but it rarely is. The very few perfect diamonds out there are very hard and almost impossible to find and yet will influence the measuring scale. When diamonds are less than perfect, even a tiny flaw can influence the quality of the Stone. The quality of a diamond is measured by the visible features on the surface of the stone as well as the internal features. The less features the higher the clarity is. And a high clarity means higher value. The features within the stone (inclusions) might have a negative effect that will result in an external damage like cracking or even breaking the diamond. Our professionals at Angel's Diamond know how gentle the work with each stone must be. Within every diamond, other stones, minerals or crystals might be captured and while cutting it, they will affect its clarity and appearance, which will naturally determine the final value.
The size has an impact on the value of a diamond, but when you want to determine a true value of a stone, you have to explore the features and just as significant- its location. Sometime a feature that appears in 2 stones will have a different effect on their value only because it is located in different parts of the diamond. Experts understand how delicate a cut (or a shape) must be. Every cut will affect the amount of light, color reflection and the way it enters the stone, projecting bright, colorful or dark light. There are many combinations that will maximize brilliance of diamonds and for a high quality stone all reflections take part.
Diamonds are weighed by Carats. Not Karats which sounds the same. Karat measures pure gold, but carat is the weight of the stone. The metric carat is divided into 100 points. A point is one hundredth of a carat. The weight, the carat point can indicate a significant price difference. Since weight is only one of the elements that will determine quality and value it won't necessarily example an indication to the final value of the diamond. In many cases a stone with a smaller carat points could have a higher price. A larger stone doesn’t only cost more. It also costs more per carat. A larger diamond is worth more than the sum of the four smaller diamonds. Exploring those elements when in the search for a diamond is essential and we at Angel’s Diamond are always at your service to educate, guide and maximize the value of your purchase.
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