Diamonds are a natural resource that have long been embraced by people around the world for their intrinsic beauty. Various types of jewelry have been designed with the elegance of the diamond in mind, often at a high price. Approximately 40% of the world’s gem quality diamonds are bought by the U.S.A. every year, making it the world’s largest market.
There are a number of variables that diamonds are priced by, but at a foundational level these include the 4 C’s: cut, clarity, colour, carat weight
Cut (or shape):
Round diamonds are generally hailed as the most valuable shape. Cutters have been working for hundreds of years to develop the most beautiful cut, but the quality of the diamond in other areas also determines the overall quality and value. Princess, cushion, pear, oval, and Asscher are other popular cut types of diamond
The more aesthetic imperfections a diamond has, the lower the clarity grade and value will be. A simple way to tell can involve putting it up to the right and looking through it. The clearer it appears will generally (but not always) indicate its lack of clarity characteristics. Gemologists can be used to test the clarity level of a diamond further.
Diamonds are graded and valued according to letters, with the price varying from 3% to more than 25% in some cases. D is considered the most valuable colour grade white diamond on the D-Z scale as it is completely colourless. However, colour in other diamond variations is more noticeable in larger cuts, and in diamonds with fewer surfaces like Emerald and Asscher cuts.
Carats are one of the most visible elements of the diamond that the buyer often sees and comments on.
Often confused with the gem or diamond’s size, it is a unit to measure weight in the product. Once a magic size’ is passed (.50 Cts, 1 Cts, 2 Cts, 5 Cts) the price per carat increases significantly. A 1 Cts diamond is worth around 20% more per carat than a .90 Cts one, for example.
Buying diamond jewelry in San Francisco
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- Margaret Elizabeth
Launched while creator Meg Shackleton was a Boston College student, Margaret Elizabeth produces high-quality jewelry to make women feel beautiful’. Every piece is designed in San Francisco and handcrafted in Jaipur, India, by a family the business has been working with for over 7 years.