there such a thing as a perfect diamond, and if so, what makes a diamond perfect?
Traditionally, a diamond's level of perfection or im
ion has been measured
by the 4 "C"s - clarity, cut, color and carat - of the diamond. Let's start with clarity.
s' "clarity" designate their lack of tiny "birthmarks" or "imperfect
Diamonds with visible birthmark(s) are designated "Im
2 or 3, with
perfect 3" having the most visible birthmarks.
All other diamonds appear perfect
of birthmarks to the naked eye but still bear one of eight other designations based on how they
appear under 10x magnification: "Small Inclusions" (SI) 1 and 2, "Very Small
Inclusions" (VSI) 1 and 2, "Very Very Small Inclusions" (VVSI) 1 and 2,
"Internally Flawless", and "Flawless".
s' "color" use the alphabetic characters from
D to Z to rate their levels of yellowish tint. Easily visible yellowish tints are
rated S to Z, with Z being the darkest, even though all of them are called,
"Light Yellow". Lighter yellowish tints are rated N to R and called "Very
Light Yellow", while diamonds whose yellowish tint is barely noticeable are
rated K to M and called, "Faint Yellow".
All other clear diamonds appear
completely colorless to the naked eye, yet
are still given designations. Colors that appear slightly yellow under magnification are rated G,
H, I or J and called, "Near Colorless", while those that appear colorless even
under magnification are called, "Colorless" but still rated D, E or F.
The diamond's cut should maximize brilliance. If the diameter is 100, its
face should be 53-62 and the height 60. With this dimensional ratio, the light entering the face of the stone
makes two 90 degree turns and exits through the face ("IDEAL CUT" on the right).
If the cut is too deep, entering light reflects at an angle too obtuse and exits through the
side ("DEEP CUT" on the right). If the cut is too thin, entering light passes
through the stone without reflecting ("THIN CUT" on the right).
Finally, diamonds' sizes are measured in carats, which is actually a unit of weight; 1 carat is
equal to 0.2 grams (0.007 ounces). The size of diamonds for rings start under 1 carat and the price
rises exponentially after the first carat or so.
(related: how diamonds are mined
So, which diamond should you get?
For the answer, click on the
statement with which you agree more: "Diamonds
" or "Heaven is forever