The Diamond 4C's Guide

The 4C's encompass Carat, Clarity, Color, and Cut, representing the standardised grading techniques for diamonds. At Yorkshire Jewellery Co, we ensure that every diamond we use is certified by esteemed organisations such as the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). These diamonds undergo thorough examination by qualified gemologists, ensuring that they meet the highest standards and match their specified characteristics. By understanding the significance of each 4C, you can equip yourself with essential knowledge when exploring diamond options. Our knowledgeable in-store team is always ready to assist you, providing expert guidance to help you choose the perfect stone that aligns with your preferences and desires. With our commitment to quality and assistance, you can be confident that the diamond you select will precisely match your expectations.

Diamond Carat

Contradicting popular belief, the carat of a diamond refers to its weight rather than its size, although it is generally true that higher carat diamonds are larger in appearance. The term "carat" has its origins in the 16th century when jewellery was measured using carob seeds, which were considered reliable counterweights due to their consistent mass. However, it's important to note that a diamond's beauty is not solely determined by its weight or size. The skillful art of diamond cutting plays a significant role in enhancing its natural beauty and maximising its sparkle, making it a vital factor in the overall allure of the diamond.

Diamond Clarity

The provided diagram visually demonstrates the clarity grading scale employed by Yorkshire Jewellery Co, ranging from Flawless to Slightly Included. Clarity refers to the presence or absence of imperfections and blemishes within a diamond. Our team meticulously assesses each diamond, considering the quantity, type, size, and location of both internal and external inclusions. These characteristics are carefully evaluated to determine their impact on the diamond's appearance and overall quality.

Diamond Colour

A structurally flawless diamond possesses absolute colourlessness, appearing completely clear. The colour grading scale begins at D, representing an exceptionally white diamond, and progresses alphabetically up to J, indicating stones with more noticeable color. These variations in colour play a significant role in determining the diamond's price point, as clearer diamonds are generally more valuable. When you visit our store, our knowledgeable team will gladly assist you in exploring the available options and help you find the perfect diamond grade that suits both your preferences and budget.

Diamond Cut

Unlike the shape of a diamond, the cut of a diamond involves expert craftsmanship to optimise its interaction with light. This intricate process entails various considerations to achieve the ideal cut for each unique stone. A skilled craftsman meticulously works on aspects such as depth, table size, crown height and angle, and girdle thickness. These factors, among others, significantly influence the diamond's grading, durability, and light performance. By carefully attending to these elements, the cut of a diamond is honed to perfection, ensuring its brilliance and enhancing its ability to reflect and refract light.

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