The Five C’s
How can you tell what a good diamond is?
You might think that bigger is better when it comes to diamonds, but that's not always the case. Every diamond is completely unique and, much like our finger prints, they each have their own characteristics. There are five different categories in which they differ, and it is these differences that make one more valuable than another. To determine quality and value every diamond is assessed for carat, clarity, colour, cut and confidence. In the jewellery trade, this collection of categories is known as the 5 C’s.
Sometimes the quality of a diamond is easy to assess, but often it requires an expert gemologist working with precision equipment to obtain an exact grading. Slight changes in colour, clarity and carat weight can have a major impact on a diamond’s value and because of this, an accurate grading of a diamond can only be achieved just before it is set.
When it comes time to choose your perfect diamond, it’s a good idea to understand these 5 C's and how they are assessed so you are able to choose the right stone for yourself or your favourite someone.