The 4 C’s of diamond selection
When it comes to buying diamonds at our Vienna VA stores or shopping for diamonds online from the comfort of your home in DC to Seattle, remember the: Cut, Carat, Color, and Clarity.
- Cut isn’t the same as shape, which refers to the diamonds outside appearance. The brilliance of the diamond depends on the cut, or its reflective qualities. A well-cut diamond will reflect light back to your eyes, instead of ‘leaking’ light.
- Carat doesn’t refer to Bugs Bunny’s favourite snack, but instead the weight of the diamond itself. While it does correlate to size, there are compromises. If the woman in your life prefers large diamonds, you can likely still find one within your budget, although it will have slightly less clarity than others.
- Color, or lack thereof, also determines a diamond’s value. Colorless diamonds are popular, as they reflect more light and sparkle more. Off-white or faint yellow diamonds are also common, although they aren’t considered as high-quality as colorless diamonds. Colored diamonds, which can very from light blue to bright yellow, are considered more valuable for their color and do not follow the typical scale.
- Clarity refers to the diamond’s blemishes. The more blemishes on the diamond’s surface, or inclusions within the diamond, the less valuable the diamond becomes.
Now that you know what to look for, you just need to decide who to shop for! Whether you’re shopping for an anniversary with that special someone, or for a mother’s day present, Princess Jewelers has one of the largest inventories of diamonds in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC areas. Shop necklaces, rings, and earrings in any cut, karat, or style for a unique look. When shopping for diamonds, D.C.’s favorite jewelry store is the best place to look.