4 C's Of Diamond
Diamonds and Gemstones are weighed in metric carats. One carat diamond is equal to 0.2 grams weighing. The value of diamond increases with carat size, but two diamonds with equal weights can have different values depending upon the other three characteristics of diamonds Cut, Clarity and Color.
In diamonds, clarity refers to absence of inclusions and blemishes. Since diamonds occurs deep under the surface, most diamonds contains unique birthmarks called (internal) inclusions and (external) blemishes. Diamonds without birthmarks are rare and its rarity affects the value. GIA’s International Diamond Grading System has developed a clarity grade for diamond that ranges from flawless (FL) to diamond with obvious inclusions (I3).
Diamonds are valued on their colorlessness. The less color, the higher the value. Diamond color ranges from colorless to yellow. The GIA’s Color Grading Scale for diamond is the industry standard. The scale begins with the letter D representing colorless and continues by increasing the color to letter Z. In GIA’s color grading scale, each letter grade has a defined range of color appearance. The color distinction makes a very big difference in diamond quality and price.
Cut is the important factor in diamond 4 C’s. It is a factor that fuels diamond’s fire, sparkle and brilliance. The traditional 58 tiny facets in a diamond, each precisely cut and sharply defined may be two millimeters in diameters. But without this precision, diamond wouldn’t be as beautiful. The allure of diamond depends more on cut than anything else. It’s difficult to analyze that the cut of any diamond has three attributes brilliance, fire and scintillation.
NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONE - CITRINE
COMMEMORATIVE EVENT - 13th Anniversary
KEYWORDS - Success, Abundance, Personal Power
ALSO KNOWN AS - Merchant's stone, Success stone
COLORS - Pale yellow to brown
OCCURRENCE - Brazil
COLOR ZONING - Tiger stripes or Zebra stripes