Learn the 4 C's

4 C’s of Diamonds Origin

According to GIA

“Every diamond is a miracle of time and place and chance. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.

Until the middle of the twentieth century, there was no agreed-upon standard by which diamonds could be judged. GIA created the first, and now globally accepted standard for describing diamonds: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight. Today, the 4Cs of Diamond Quality is the universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond, anywhere in the world.

The creation of the Diamond 4Cs meant two very important things: diamond quality could be communicated in a universal language, and diamond customers could now know exactly what they were about to purchase.”

Additional Considerations in Purchasing a Diamond (GIA)

“Given the rarity and value of diamonds, it’s not surprising that some would seek ways to enhance or replicate their beauty. In recent years, diamond treatments, simulated diamonds,
and laboratory-grown or synthetic diamonds have become more common, more advanced, and harder to detect.

While treatments can increase a stone’s Color or Clarity, the presence of such enhancements may affect the diamond’s value – particularly if the price reflects its appearance after treatment.

Buyers have a right to know for certain whether a stone is natural, a diamond simulant or a diamond created in a lab, and whether or not the stone has been treated to enhance its appearance.

A GIA DIamond Grading Report provides buyers with the ultimate assurance that they’re getting exactly what they pay for.”