Diamond Learning Center

DIAMOND LEARNING CENTER

To understand the brilliance and value of a diamond, one must be familiar with the four C’s and the many available shape options. We’ll break down the basics.

Diamond cut

The cut of a diamond is what influences its natural sparkle and light performance. As the most important of the four Cs, cut quality is evaluated by a diamond’s proportion, symmetry and polish. These characteristics define how the facets of the stone interact with light. If a diamond’s cut is poor, the diamond will appear dull even if the color and clarity is flawless. A poor cut allows light to escape through other parts of the gem and prevents its best light performance, whereas a quality cut will best capture a diamond’s brilliance. When choosing a diamond, gemologists recommend selecting a stone with the highest cut grade within your budget. We recommend choosing a diamond with a grade of Very Good or Ideal.

Use the slider below to see how a diamond’s cut affects its light performance.

Ideal
Excellent
Very Good
Good
Fair
Poor

The most brilliant sparkle, fire and life, due to excellent symmetry and polish. See all ideal diamonds

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Pratiksha does not carry poor cut diamonds

Diamond color

As the second most important characteristic of a diamond, color refers to any presence of color on the stone. As you may know, natural diamonds can come in a variety of colors, but clear diamonds with a lack of color are the most popular, rare and sought after on the spectrum. Diamonds with a grade of D to F are determined to be colorless, and are therefore more valuable. Diamonds with G to I grades are difficult to detect color to the untrained eye. Ring settings with white gold or platinum are best suited with diamonds that have a higher color grade, but yellow gold settings can help conceal a diamond’s lower color grade. It is important to evaluate desired metal color and carat to best determine the diamond color grade that will maximize your budget.

Use the slider below to learn more about diamond color grades.

D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M

Highest, absolutely "colorless" grade, appreciated best set in platinum or white gold. Exceptionally rare. See all D color diamonds

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Pratiksha does not carry diamonds with color grade below M.

Diamond clarity

A diamond’s clarity determines the presence of any natural inclusions on a stone that are visible to the naked eye. Nearly all diamonds have natural inclusions, but most of them cannot be seen without magnification. A better clarity grade means that a diamond will have less, smaller inclusions and a better “eye clean” presentation. Diamonds with a grading of VS2 or higher are considered eye-clean, and flexibility on clarity will help balance your desired quality and budget. A diamond’s cut and color can help conceal these imperfections and make them nearly undetectable. For example, the detailed facets of a princess-cut diamond can hide small flaws, but an emerald-cut diamond has a larger table and less facets, making the presence of inclusions more visible. It is important to balance these characteristics against your desired diamond cut and color quality.

Use the slider below to see how diamond clarity grading works.

IF
VVS1
VVS2
VS1
VS2
SI1
SI2
SI3
I1
I2
I3

Flawless: No internal or external characteristics. Internally Flawless: May have external blemishes only. Both extremely rare. See all IF clarity diamonds

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Diamond Carat Weight

The carat of a diamond refers to its weight, and 1 carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. Independent of a diamond’s size, two diamonds with the same carat weight may appear slightly different in size. Carat weight is often misconceived as the most important of the four Cs, but it’s important to understand and evaluate the relationship between a diamond’s carat weight and cut to get the best value out of a diamond. A better cut may often yield a larger-looking diamond, and choosing a diamond that is a few carat weight points below your ideal carat (0.49 carats vs. 0.50 carats) can translate to significant savings.

Use the slider below to understand how carat weight works.

0.25CT
0.50CT
0.75CT
1.00CT
1.25CT
1.50CT
2.00CT
3.00CT
4.00CT
5.00CT

See all 0.25 carat diamonds

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Diamond Shape

A diamond’s shape refers to its physical form and each diamond shape is very different, possessing unique characteristics. Even though shape is not a part of the 4 C’s of Diamonds, this element will have an impact on the appearance of your diamond. Since each diamond shape is cut to different specifications, they reflect light differently, giving each shape a unique fire and brilliance.

Round
Cushion
Oval
Princess
Pear
Asscher
Bead
Half Moon
Heart
Marquise
Rough
Emerald
Radiant
Trapezoid
Triangular
Trilliant
Straight Baguette
Tapered Baguette

The round brilliant cut diamond is the most popular shape of diamond. For hundreds of years, diamond cutters have been working with this cut to maximize its brilliance and fire See all round shape diamonds

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