A guide to diamonds
The 5 C’s
'If you have already begun looking for your perfect stone then you may have come across what are often refered to as the 4C's of diamond grading - traditionally these are Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut.
In addition to these classic 4, I like to include a 5th 'C' of certification so that, where possible, it can be traced right back to the mine of origin.
Diamond grading is a fascinating world and to help you navigate it more comfortably I have put together a brief introduction so that when you hear of a stone being described as '1ct G VS round brilliant' you'll already feel familiar with what those terms mean.
I hope that you find my explanations of interest and that you enjoy beginning your journey into this characterful and vivacious stone!'
A carat is a standard unit to measure the weight of a diamond. One carat equals 200 milligrams. This can be divided into points, where 0.75 carats = 75 points. A diamond’s value varies according to its number of carats and its rarity. Diamonds may equal in weight but vary in price due to the difference in quality. This means that a smaller diamond with a high carat weight may be more valuable than a large diamond with a lower clarity, colour or cut.