Diamonds: Four C's of a Diamond

Fine diamonds are among the most coveted of all gems. Their value, however, differs widely from one diamond to another. Experts evaluate every diamond for rarity and beauty, using four primary guidelines. When you start to look at diamonds, you will want to know the stats on each stone. Known as the Four C's -; cut, carat, clarity, and color -; this will help you compare diamonds against each other and control your budget. (See section on Certified Diamonds for information about certification of diamonds). Click here for more on Loose Diamonds And ALSO SEARCH FOR LOOSE DIAMONDS!


Where do you begin the journey into the magical world of color? What are the factors that make a gem rare and valuable?

Much like a diamond, the various combinations of a stone's cut, color, clarity, and carat weight, along with availability and accessibility, determine rarity. You will find a brief description of those features here. These explanations are based on the system for gemstone evaluation established by the Gemological Institute of America. For more information on GIA, please visit Click here for more on Loose Gemstones And ALSO SEARCH FOR LOOSE Gemstones!