Many people are confused about how
diamonds are priced. The best explanation is that asking for the price of a
diamond is like asking for the price of a house. A real estate agent can't
quote you a price for a house without knowing its size, condition, location,
etc. This process is similar to the one used to quote the price of a diamond.
A diamond's beauty, rarity, and price depend on the interplay of all the
4Cs-cut, clarity, carat, and color. The 4Cs are used throughout the world to
classify the rarity of diamonds. Diamonds with the combination of the highest
4C ratings are more rare and, consequently, more expensive. No one C is more
important than another in terms of beauty and it is
important to note that each of the 4Cs will not diminish in value over time.
Refers to the presence of inclusions in a diamond. Inclusions are
natural identifying characteristics such as minerals or fractures, appearing
while diamonds are formed in the earth. They may look like tiny crystals,
clouds or feathers. To view inclusions, jewelers use a magnifying loupe. This
tool allows jewelers to see a diamond at 10x its actual size so that inclusions
are easier to see. The position of inclusions can affect the value of a
diamond. There are very few flawless diamonds found in nature, thus these
diamonds are much more valuable. Inclusions are ranked on a scale of perfection,
known as clarity, which was established by the Gemological Institute of America
The clarity scale, ranging from F (Flawless) to I3 (Included), is based
on the visibility of inclusions at a magnification of 10x. Some inclusions can
be hidden by a mounting, thus having little effect on the perceived beauty of a diamond.
An inclusion in the middle or top of a diamond could impact the dispersion of
light, sometimes making the diamond less brilliant. The greater a diamond's
clarity, the more brilliant, valuable and rare it is-and the higher it is on
the Diamond Quality Pyramid, the more the diamond will cost. At WeddingBands.com
all the diamonds that we are using in the Diamond Wedding Bands are at least VS2 in clarity.
Refers to the degree to which a diamond is colorless. Diamonds range in
color from icy winter whites to warm summer whites. Diamonds are graded on a
color scale established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) which
ranges from D (colorless) to Z. Warmer colored diamonds (K-Z) are particularly
desirable when set in yellow gold. Icy winter whites (D-J) look stunning set in
white gold or platinum. Diamonds that fall below J will have
a faint yellow tint that can be clearly seen. The lower down the diamond color scale the more
color will be visible and less expensive. This color is not to be confused with the Z+ category.
The Z+ category is for fancy colored diamonds, such as fancy yellow diamonds.
Color differences are very subtle and it is very difficult to see the difference between, say, an E and an
F. Therefore, colors are graded under controlled lighting conditions and are
compared to a master set for accuracy. Truly colorless stones, graded D,
treasured for their rarity, are highest on the Diamond Quality Pyramid. Color,
however, ultimately comes down to personal taste. At Wedding Bands .com all the
diamonds we are using in our Diamond Wedding Rings are at least H in color.
Refers to the angles and proportions of a diamond. Based on scientific
formulas, a well-cut diamond will internally reflect light from one mirror-like
facet to another, disperse, and reflect it through the top of the stone. This
results in a display of brilliance and fire, thereby placing well-cut diamonds
higher on the Diamond Quality Pyramid than deep or shallow-cut diamonds.
Diamonds that are cut too deep or too shallow lose or leak light through the
side or bottom, resulting in less brilliance and ultimately, value. At Wedding
Bands .com the diamonds we use in our
Diamond Wedding Rings
are all very fine cut to show the maximum brilliancy and fire.
Cut also refers to shape-round, square, pear, or heart for example. Since a
round diamond is symmetrical and capable of reflecting nearly all the light
that enters, it is the most brilliant of all diamond shapes and follows
specific proportional guidelines. Ask a jeweler to find out more about these
guidelines. Non-round shapes, also known as "fancy shapes," will have their own
guidelines to be considered well-cut.
What to Spend
Diamond Buyer's Guide When you start to think about buying a diamond-and
the love it will symbolize-you naturally want the best you can afford and a
beautiful stone you will treasure forever. Diamonds can be found in a broad range of
prices-and you're certain to find one within the Diamond Quality Pyramid that
suits your taste and what you plan to spend. If you are about to buy a Diamond
Engagement Ring, you may want to consider spending the commonly accepted
guideline of two months salary. But it's up to you to settle on a diamond that
will truly represent your deepest emotions and the promise for the future you
At WeddingBands.com no purchase is complete until you are satisfied.