To the naked eye, the value of one diamond compared to another can be hard to distinguish. However, even if two diamonds appear to be the exact same size or shape, the worth of each can be vastly different. This is because all diamonds, even though they are unique, are graded by specific and detailed qualities that determine their worth. These qualities are known as the 4Cs.
The 4Cs: Carat Weight
When determining worth, one of the first aspects jewelers look at is the carat weight. This tells you how much your diamond physically weighs. A carat is equal to 200 milligrams, but each is often divided into 100 points. As expected, the greater the weight, the greater value the diamond holds.
The 4Cs: Color
With diamonds, the closer it is to being completely colorless and pure, the greater the value will be. Many times, the color has one of the greatest influences on the worth. The letters D-Z are used to ascribe a colorless grade to each stone. The color is graded by comparing the stones under controlled lighting with specific viewing conditions.
Stones graded D, for example, have less color, making them more expensive. For colored diamonds, the converse is true. The value increases with color and richness.
The 4Cs: Clarity
There are both lab-made and natural diamonds. When they are naturally formed, heat and pressure can create tiny internal or external inclusions and benefits. The closer the diamond is to being pure and free from imperfections, the more it will be worth. Judging a diamond by clarity takes into account the following details about the imperfections:
- Nature of the imperfections
The 4Cs: Cut
It’s easy to mistake the cut for the shape of the diamond. However, the cut is not a specific shape like pear or princess. Instead, it involves how the stone sparkles and interacts with light. Various aspects are analyzed to determine the cut, including:
- Weight ratio
Obtaining an Estimate
While the 4Cs all contribute to the worth of a diamond, it is important to note that many other details like material and fluorescence can contribute to the price. Comparing your diamond to similar retail prices can only give you a rough estimate,.
To figure out exactly how much your diamond is worth, set up an appointment to get an appraisal from a reliable, professional wholesale and retail outlet. At DJP Diamonds, our team has over 25 years of experience in the industry. By cutting out the middleman, we offer the best value for your diamonds and other jewelry.
Call for an approximate value or set up an appointment to come in and get a more accurate appraisal of your jewelry. We’ll never pressure you into selling, and you can take as much time as you need to decide.