Cut or make refers to the shape of a diamond and its mathematical proportions. Diamonds are cut into numerous shapes, depending upon the nature of the raw diamond stone. The 10 most common shapes in today's market are presented below.
At Diamond Exchange we pride ourselves in having the best selection of shapes that we can find. Each shape is unique in its presentation and we would be happy to assist you in selecting the right diamond for you.
Color is the most important factor to determine a diamonds price. Diamond color refers to the amount of yellow in a stone, but can also indicate brown or gray and sometimes all three. Colorless diamonds are the most desirable as they have more sparkle. Color scales range from D to Z; the more colorless the diamond the higher its value. Diamonds are also found in a variety of other colors such as blue, green, yellow, orange, pink or the rare color of red.
Clarity refers to how many flaws, or inclusions are in the diamond. In most cases, clarity have very little to do with the beauty of the diamonds; rather it affects how the diamond looks under the microscope. To determine the diamond's clarity grade, it must be examined under 10x magnification. Whatever minute inclusions there may be, makes every diamond unique. These are nature's fingerprints and in most cases do not degrade the diamond's beauty or endanger its durability. Without high magnification, these flaws are invisible. However, the fewer the inclusions, the rarer your diamond will be. Generally, if a diamond is SI-2 or above, it is flawless to the naked eye. If there is even a tiny inclusion visible to the unaided eye, the stone is usually graded I-1. Below is a chart that provides more information regarding clarity.
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