A diamond's cut, color, clarity and carat weight are used to determine a diamond's rarity. Any diamond that includes the highest ratings of these 4-Cs is considered more rare and more expensive. While considering these important factors, keep in mind that the 4-Cs will not diminish in value over time. The following information has been arranged to illustrate and establish the priority you should place on each category when considering what characteristics are most important when purchasing a diamond. The first and foremost important factor to consider when purchasing a diamond is cut. Keep in mind, while the internet is a great resource for information, it is impossible to evaluate the diamonds cut for brilliance online. Just as Don Basch would never purchase a diamond without first viewing it, neither should you.
Luster: The quantity and quality of light reflecting from the surfaces of a diamond.
Brilliance: The amount of white light returned to the eye from the diamond.
Dispersion: The amount of rainbow colors returned to the eye from the diamond.
Scintillation: The sparkle, which is the combination of luster, brilliance and dispersion when there is movement by the wearer or light source.
• Jubilant Crown patented cut. While not part of the traditional 4C's, the jubilant crown has been recreated from an original cut made for Queen Victoria. This diamond has 16 additional facets that create more fire and sparkle than a traditional round cut and no more expensive than a well made traditional round brilliant cut. It's so captivating, it will leave you breathless!
• Diamonds are graded by color from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which ranges from D (colorless) to Z (warmest). Warmer colored diamonds (K-Z) are particularly desirable when set in yellow gold. Icy winter whites (D-J) look stunning set in white gold or platinum.
• Diamonds that have feathers reaching the surface may be fracture filled to make these feathers less visible. It is very important to tell your jeweler if you have a clarity enhanced diamond when leaving for repair. The enhancement can come out when applying heat for repair. If that happens, it can be re-enhanced.
Looks are deceiving. Cuts and mounting can make a diamond appear larger or smaller than its actual weight. By letting your Don Basch Jewelers associate assist and explore all avenues for you, you can find the right diamond and setting to optimize the beauty of your stone.
DIAMOND CERTIFICATES / APPRAISALS
Diamond certificates, more accurately known as diamond grading lab reports may be given with the purchase of any significant diamond. Items such as diamond engagement rings, may have a lab certificate for the center diamond only, but most definitely will receive an appraisal for the entire value of an item which will be used for insurance purposes. Lab reports increase the cost of the diamond a minimum of $250 or more, depending on the size of the diamond. Lab reports are provided and prepared by an independent, certified gemologist. These certificates help to calculate specific characteristics of your diamond (color, clarity and carat weight and cut depending on the shape of your diamond). Your appraisal is prepared by your jeweler for the appraised value of the entire item.
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• There are a growing number of labs creating reports. Let us advise you on the more accurate and reliable certificates, because many are very "liberal" in their grading.
Remember, your Don Basch Jewelers associate can help aid you in acquiring a diamond grading report during or following the time of your purchase!