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What You Should Know In Buying Diamonds There are four factors that determine the value of a diamond, known as the 4Cs. The combination of the 4Cs determines each diamond's value. Master these important facts and you need to prepare in buying a diamonds. Carat - This word for the measurement of a diamond's weight is derived from the carob seeds that were used to balance scales in ancient times. A carat is equal to 200 milligrams and there are 142 carats to an ounce. Color - Diamonds come in every color of the spectrum, but the most popular gems are white. Truly colorless, icy-white diamonds are extremely rare and therefore the most costly. Stones are graded by color and given designations dependent on how far they deviate from the purest white. Clarity - A diamond's clarity is affected by any external irregularities and internal imperfections created by nature when the diamond was formed. Imperfections such as spots, bubbles or lines are called inclusions. Cut - Each diamond is cut according to an exact mathematical formula. The most common cut, the round brilliant, has 58 facets, or small, flat, polished planes designed to yield the maximum amount of light to be reflected back to the viewer. There is much that goes into grading a diamond. A diamond's value is determined by a combination of the 4 C's - Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat weight. You should only trust an independent, respectable gemological laboratory to determine the diamond's characteristics. The diamond is measured and evaluated by skilled gemologists using special equipment. This information plus a hand drawn plot of your diamond's inclusions are all printed on the diamond certificate. The certificate will also indicate whether the diamond was treated or enhanced in any way. Click Here for Deals on Loose Diamonds and Colored Diamonds

What You Should Know In Buying Diamonds