If you’re at all familiar with diamonds, you’ve probably heard of the 4 C’s. This is the process taken to determine the quality of diamonds. The price is based off of 4 categories, all of which can determine the price of the diamond due to its characteristics and beauty.

Know Your Diamonds Before Making a Purchase

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It’s important to know what you’re looking for in a diamond and to be aware of the 4 C’s when you go to select one. That way you’ll understand why a diamond is priced the way it is and you can ask questions to establish if it’s the right one for you.

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Here are the 4 C’s of diamonds!

  • Cut: This describes how a diamond is shaped and formed by a jeweler so it has a beautiful shine and sparkle. Examples of diamond cuts include princess, emerald and cushion. Each of these will reflect light differently, but all have a brilliance of their own.

  • Clarity: Diamonds can be spotted or blemished depending on their quality. Clarity is defined by how clear the diamond is, allowing the natural characteristics to stand out. Clarity can not be changed by jewelers. What you see is what you get. The clearer the diamond, the higher the wealth.

  • Color: Much like clarity, this will change how the diamond looks. If the color of the diamond is off, light won’t be reflected as well. This can sometimes be countered by a brilliant cut, but you’ll pay much less for a diamond with imperfect color.

  • Carat: This defines the size of the diamond. I’m sure you’ve heard of all the celebrities with engagement rings with carats larger than their waist size. The carat is a huge factor in determining the price of a diamond.

When you decide to buy a diamond, it’s good to know what you’d be willing to sacrifice to stay on budget and still be able to get the look you want. Maybe you can handle a few imperfections if the diamond is larger. Or you can settle for a smaller diamond with perfect clarity that will shine like the stars in the sky.

No matter what you decide, make sure you’re going to a reliable jeweler. Our luxury jewelry store in Scottsdale comes highly recommended not only for our incredible quality of diamonds, but also because we know how to make our guests feel special. Each and every person that leaves with a diamond from our store knows where to return for their next purchase.

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If you’d like to become part of the Hamra family, stop by our Scottsdale jewelry store or call us at 480-946-5110. You can also view our extensive selection online, now offering online purchases!