Are you looking to purchase a diamond and don't know where to start? We understand that purchasing a diamond can be an overwhelming and sometimes confusing process. To assist, we have compiled a simple to understand and comprehensive guide on the anatomy and 4 C's (Color, Clarity, Cut, Carat) of a diamond.
Anatomy of the diamond
While every diamond is different, all diamonds share the same structural features. These structural features are the 'table', 'crown', 'girdle', 'pavilion' and 'cultet'. Click on the '+' to learn about each feature.
A diamond’s colour refers to the natural color or lack of colour. GIA grades a diamonds on a scale from D (colourless)- Z (light yellow). Diamonds that are white, containing little or no colour, receive higher quality grades and are rarer than those with visible colour. Scroll the color slider to see the different color grades.
A diamond's clarity refers to the presence of impurities or blemishes that exist internally or on the surface of a diamond. These impurities or blemishes are also referred to as inclusions. Click on '<' and '>' and scroll the clarity slider to see the different clarity grades.
The cut of a diamond has a major role in determining its brilliance and beauty. The cut of a diamond refers to its proportions, symmetry and finish. Very simply, the better a diamond has been cut, the more it will sparkle. Click on '<' and '>' and scroll the cut slider to see the different cut grades.
Carat is probably the most well known C. Most people often associate carat with size but it actually refers to the weight of a diamond. One carat equals .20 grams. Carat weight is the most objective of the 4 C's. Scroll the carat slider to compare different diamond carat weights.
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How to buy a diamond?
Buying a diamond and don't know where to start? If you're about to spend some of your hard-earned money on a diamond, take a moment to watch this video. One of the most important things to remember when buying a diamond is never pay for what's not important to you.
What jewellers don't want you to know
When looking to purchase a diamond, don't just rely on blogs. Speak to a jeweller who is looking out for your best interest and takes time explaining things to you. No one should tell you what color or clarity your diamond should be as it all doesn't mean anything if your diamond doesn't sparkle.
Does carat equal size?
Does carat refer to the size of a diamond? Most people assume carat equal's size but this can be very misleading. Find out more about Carat in this video.
Does clarity equal sparkle?
Common misconceptions about the clarity of a diamond. Clarity is one of the most misunderstood characteristic of a diamond. In this video we help you understand clarity and why it is such a huge driver in the price of a diamond.
Know your diamond colors
Here we talk about diamond colors and what you should know. What diamond color 'should' you get? In this video we explain diamond colors and the common misconceptions about this diamond characteristic.
Here we talk about different diamond shapes. We show you the difference between a 1 carat round brilliant cut diamond, emerald cut diamond, pear cut diamond, cushion cut diamond and princess cut diamond.
All about diamond certification
What you should know about diamond certificates. In this video we explain what a diamond certificate is, who produces diamond certificates and whether you need a diamond certificate.
How to check a GIA diamond
We teach you how to check your GIA diamond. Purchasing a diamond can often be one of the most overwhelming experiences. In this video we teach you how to make sure you're getting the diamond you paid for.
About oval diamonds
Thinking about purchasing a oval cut diamond? Make sure you watch this video to learn about the things you should be looking out for when purchasing an oval diamond.
We also welcome you in to book in a free consultation with one of our diamond experts. We would be delighted to show you our range of diamonds and take you through the different characteristics of a diamond.
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We look forward to assisting you.