The right piece of diamond jewelry evokes an undeniable sense of elegance and distinction. Diamonds are widely associated with sophistication and refinement. They are the traditional choice for engagement rings and the birthstone of lucky April babies. Whether you're searching for the perfect piece of diamond jewelry or you're interested in selling a stunning diamond piece from your collection, Hustedt Jewelers can help. We're diamond experts, well-equipped to handle all your fine jewelry needs.
Diamond shoppers should always consider the four C's of diamond quality: carat, color, clarity, and cut. These key factors will help you find the perfect diamond for your needs. Quality diamonds come with a certification report from either the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or American Gem Society (AGS) that details each of these ratings.
When you're shopping for diamond jewelry, you should consider both the value of the stone and the appeal of the overall piece. Elements like ring style and setting type are very personal. Make sure you seek out a piece that reflects your own individual style.
A diamond's cut is the most important of the four Cs, as this is readily visible to any naked eye. Round diamonds are the most common. Fancy shaped diamonds include princess, emerald, oval, pear, cushion, radiant, Asscher, and heart cuts.
GIA assesses cut based on round brilliant diamonds. AGS uses a scientific scale ranging from 1 to 10, with 1 representing the highest grade for cut, symmetry, shape, dimensions, and profile.
Color is the second-most important factor when you're choosing a diamond. The color grade is based on the lack of tint. The higher the grade, the clearer the diamond. GIA measures diamond color on a scale from D to Z. A D-grade diamond is completely colorless while a Z diamond will have a noticeable yellow or brown tint. AGS uses a numerical scale with a 0.0 indicating a colorless diamond and a 10 indicating a light tint.
It's extremely difficult to see the difference of a single grade with the naked eye, but you can typically discern a difference of three or four grades. The color of your setting will impact how the color of the diamond is perceived. This is discussed in further detail below.
A diamond's carat refers to its weight. This is not the same as the karat measurement used for gold purity. Diamonds are weighed to the nearest 0.01 carat by GIA and the nearest 0.001 carat by the AGS, so this measurement is extremely precise. One carat is 200 milligrams, but many diamonds are only a fraction of a carat. The greater the carat, the more a diamond is worth.
The carat alone does not determine the size of the diamond since this measurement only tells you how heavy the stone is. Round diamonds have a larger circumference than fancy cut diamonds, which have greater depth. You should select the cut and color that you prefer first, then choose the highest carat that fits in your price range.
The clarity refers to the number of imperfections, or inclusions, in a diamond. This is the least important of the four Cs because most inclusions are not visible to the naked eye. Imperfections in the diamond may impact its sparkle, particularly if they're near the center of the diamond. On the report for the diamond, you will see a diamond plot that shows you where the inclusions are.
The diamond clarity ratings are:
The setting that you choose for your diamond jewelry will greatly impact how you perceive the color of the stone. Colorless diamonds should be set in platinum or white gold which enhances the colorless perfection of the stone. Yellow gold can make a rare colorless diamond look less than perfect.
Nearly colorless diamonds with a GIA rating of G through J or an AGS rating between 1.5 and 3.0 are best suited to platinum and white gold settings as well. A rose gold will complement diamonds toward the higher end of this range.
Diamonds with a GIA rating of K or higher or an AGS rating at 3.5 or above look best in a yellow gold setting. This offsets some of the diamond's coloration and makes the yellow or brown tint of the stone less noticeable.
There are several factors that impact the price of your diamond. If you're selling a diamond, assessing these features will give you a better idea of what the stone is worth. For those buying diamond jewelry, it's important to understand what makes each piece more or less expensive so you can pinpoint the right combination of features that will yield a stunning piece in your price range.
Diamond jewelry prices are influenced by:
Working with a diamond expert is the best way to find the diamond jewelry you're looking for. Our experts at Hustedt Jewelers can help you understand and evaluate all the features of a diamond piece. If you have diamond jewelry in your collection that you'd like to sell, we offer professional appraisals and no-hassle cash offers for your items. Visit Hustedt Jewelers in Bloomington, Illinois, and Gibson City, Illinois, for all your diamond jewelry needs.
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