Diamond Characteristics You Need to Know About

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Thinking of surprising your loved one with a romantic proposal? Before you get a diamond ring, learn more about diamonds first! (Photo from @gia_eisen08 via Karat World)

As they say, diamonds are forever. For many years, diamonds are considered as never-ending symbols of love. No wonder, it has become a common practice for many people to give diamond rings to those they want to spend the rest of their lives with.

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Bettina YG, a round cut diamond traditional engagement ring (Photo from Karat World)

But before you even consider getting a diamond ring for the person you want to be with forever, it pays to know more about diamonds first. This way, you’ll be able to choose the best one for the person you love.

Now here are the diamond characteristics you need to know about:


Although subtle, differences in terms of color is something you should pay attention to when looking at diamonds. In fact, two diamonds with the same level of clarity and weight can still have different values if they differ in terms of color. As per normal color range, the diamond’s carat-price increases the closer it gets to being colorless.

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The closer the diamond is to colorless, the more expensive it gets. (Photo from Karat World)

Clarity’s also has a lot to do with the diamond’s rarity. Diamonds that are graded Flawless, the highest rating in the GIA Clarity Grading System, are those without visible blemishes when examined under 10-power magnification.

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Value increases as the diamond’s clarity improves. (Photo from Karat World)

Cut affects the diamond’s brightness. The more complex cut is, the brighter it gets. Apart from that, “cut” may also refer to the diamond’s shape. Cuts that don’t fall under the standard round brilliant category are considered fancy cuts, also known as “fancy shapes” or “fancies”. Each of those fancies has a name of its own. Some of the most famous ones are pear, oval, heart, and emerald cuts.

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Cut has to do with both brightness and shape. (Photo from Karat World)
 Carat Weight

As a metric, carat is divided into 100 points. Every diamond is weighted to a thousandth of a carat. Then, the value is rounded to the nearest hundredth, or point. This means that large stones aren’t just more expensive; they also cost more per carat. A large diamond costs more than four smaller diamonds combined.

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AAnnika YG, a precise princess cut diamond with diamond sidetones for an extra touch (Photo from Karat World)

See? There are lots of things to learn about when it comes to diamonds. If you want to make the most of your purchase and ensure that you are choosing the perfect one the person you want to marry, don’t hesitate to do some research first. Good luck!