You’ve probably heard about the 4Cs when it comes to diamonds- Clarity, Color, Cut, and Carat Weight. How much do you really know about each and would you be able to tell the difference when you look at them online or in person?
A diamond’s value is often affected by the rarity of one or more of the 4Cs. Colorless diamonds are scarce—most diamonds have tints of yellow or brown. So a colorless diamond rates higher on the color grading scale than a diamond that is light yellow. Value and rarity are related: In this case a colorless diamond is more rare and more valuable than one with a slight yellow color. The same relationship between rarity and value exists for clarity, cut, and carat weight.
Have you every noticed when you hold a diamond to light and move it around that it sparkles? That because “of three optical effects: white light reflections called brightness, flashes of color called fire, and areas of light and dark called scintillation”.
To learn more about this topic, check out this article by the Gemological Institute of America : Diamond Quality Factors