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					The Defining Characteristics Of A Diamond

by Victor Epand

The diamond is a very precious and rare gemstone. It has certain defining
qualities and characteristics, making it a unique and special stone. If
you want to buy diamonds then you should have some basic knowledge about
the characteristics so that you make a very well informed decision and
get something that is worth your money. The overall quality and value of
a diamond depends on four factors that are explained as under.

Color: It is very important to view a loose diamond that has not been
mounted, under a source of neutral light, when you want to examine it
carefully. This will help you get a clear view of its color. As far as
the color is concerned, there is a scale on which the diamond's color is
rated. It goes from D to Z (D is the rate given to the whitest diamond
and Z is for diamonds that are light yellow in color and tinted). Color
grade of G to J is considered to be the best for most jewelry items.

Today, you can find different colors in diamonds, but in case of a white
diamond it is essential to know how the scale works and where the point
on which your choice of diamond can be rated in the spectrum lies. The
appearance of this gem can also get affected by its mounting. If you set
a yellowish diamond in yellow gold, it will look white.

Cut: Cut is one factor that determines   the beauty and brilliance of the
diamond. If it is not cut in the right   manner, it will lose its sparkle.
Approximately 40% price of the diamond   depends on how well it has been
cut. A well-cut diamond reflects light   and a dramatic sparkling effect is
created which only a diamond can emit.   The exact required precision can
be provided only by skilled craftsmen,   to make the stone dazzle and
sparkle to its fullest.

Clarity: Clarity in diamond is all about the nature and number of
blemishes or inclusions visible in it. These inclusions can be seen only
when you view the gem under the microscope. According to many diamond
professionals, clarity is quality or purity. A blemish on a diamond is
any imperfection that is present on the surface. Inclusions are small
spots that a diamond has. The clarity of this unique gem can be
determined by five factors: position, the size, number, relief and nature
of the inclusion.

Relief is the visibility level of imperfections. You can understand the
diamond's clarity scale very easily. It is either flawless or internally
flawless and goes to VS (very slightly included), VVS (very very slightly
included), 'Imperfect or Included', and SI (slightly included). These are
very easy to remember and understand.

There are varying levels of each of these and if you know them well you
will be able to understand how important clarity is, for a diamond. A
diamond that is rated 'Imperfect' has inclusions visible without the help
of microscope. But inclusions in SI rated diamonds cannot be seen with
naked eyes. Due to this reason diamonds with an SI rating are considered
to be best value for money investment.
Carat: This is the most obvious factor that determines the diamond's
price to a great extent. Carat is weight of the gem and to make an ounce,
the count being 142.

Victor Epand is an expert consultant about jewelry and diamonds. When
looking for jewelry, we recommend you shop only at the best online
jewelry stores for diamond gems, loose diamonds, diamond rings, fashion
jewelry, fashion earrings, fashion pendants, engagement rings, wedding
rings, and wedding bands.