Diamond Education

The 4 C's of Diamonds

Ever wondered what makes one diamond more expensive than the other? Or why certain diamonds seem to sparkle more? We've got everything you need to know about the characteristics of diamonds and how to choose the right diamond for you. Learn more about, what are called, the diamond 4Cs below.


Diamond Carat Weight

Diamond carat is an often-misunderstood term. Carat actually refers to the weight of a diamond rather than its visual size.


Diamond Color

A diamond's color grade is based on the absence of color - the less visible the color, generally the more expensive the diamond.


Diamond Cut

Diamond cut is often confused with the shape of a diamond. In reality, diamond cut refers to how well a diamond's facets interact with light.


Diamond Clarity

A diamond's clarity refers to the minor defects on the surface and within a diamond. The clarity grade is determined by the number of imperfections.


Diamond Shape

Technically not apart of the 4Cs, but still equally important. Diamond shape refers to the geometric outline of a diamond or gemstone when viewed face up. Diamonds come in a variety of shapes, each with their own unique characteristics.


Gemstones 101

There are roughly 200 different gemstones that exist in nature today! Gemstones are characterized similar to diamonds with a few key differences.

Our most asked questions about the 4 C's