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How To Properly Evaluate Diamonds

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Let’s be very clear: all polished diamonds have some level of value. It is when there is scarcity within one of the 4 C’s of that individual diamond that it has more value than others. One must have intimate knowledge of the diamond industry and specific expertise evaluating the characteristics of each individual diamond to make sure you receive a proper valuation.

Here are the steps necessary to properly evaluate diamonds so you can begin to determine if yours might fetch a higher price than you might expect.

The Color of a Diamond

Diamonds come in a wide variety of colors. Most are typically a light yellow to a light brown. Some are very dark – marketed as “chocolate diamonds.” The most prized are typically colorless diamonds and because they are also the most sought after, they tend to have the highest prices.

The best way to evaluate the color of a diamond is to compare it to what is called a “Master Stone.” These master stones are brilliant colorless diamonds and the visual comparison between them and the diamond being evaluated can quickly determine if there are color variations which need to be evaluated.

The Clarity of a Diamond

Some diamonds also emit fluorescence. When exposed to UV light, such as sunlight, about 35% of diamonds emit a certain fluorescent color. It’s often blue, but can be any color on the spectrum. If the fluorescence is strong within a diamond, this can affect its clarity by making the diamond look “cloudy.” This lessens the value of the stone.

Clarity is also measured in a number of different ways.

  • Inclusions. These are the internal features of the diamond that can affect clarity purity.
  • Blemishes. These are the irregularities on the surface of the diamond that affect clarity purity.
  • Wear. Diamonds are strong, but if someone has been wearing one for some time, it may have surface scratches, nicks, and other cosmetic issues that may affect clarity.

The most important reason to evaluate the clarity of a diamond is that it can help experienced diamond evaluators be able to determine imitation diamonds from real ones. Since no two diamonds are exactly the same, clarity evaluations can also help to identify specific stones.

Flawless diamonds in this category are so rare that many within our industry never see one. A flawless diamond has no inclusions, blemishes, or wear even at 10x magnification. This is why they are so valuable.

The Cut of a Diamond

How a diamond is cut will affect how light enters the diamond, and how that light plays to the eye can affect the value of the stone.

When properly cut, a diamond will offer brightness reflections, fire reflections, and spaces of light and dark called “scintillation.” Some cuts offer better light aesthetics than others, which is why there are certain cuts that are worth more than others.

“Brilliant Round” is one of the most common cuts found on jewelry today. Variations on the round cut are often referred to as “fancies.” Some cuts are also named after their shape: princess, oval, emerald, and marquise are common.

The Carat Weight of a Diamond

Many things are sold by weight today and diamonds are no different. When diamonds are weighed, the final result is always stated in metric carats. One metric carat is two-tenths of a gram. A diamond which weighs 1 ounce would therefore have nearly 142 metric carats – that’s a big diamond!

When you see a 1 carat diamond, then you know it is one metric carat. This carat is then divided into 100 “metric points.” This allows you to know the exact weight of the diamond.

Larger diamonds are almost always going to be worth more than smaller diamonds, though a flawless 1 carat diamond might be worth more than larger diamonds with inclusions and blemishes.

Demand often determines pricing when it comes to carat weight as well. People like diamonds that have a familiar weight to them: three-quarters of a carat, half-carat, 1 carat, etc. These “magic” sizes can help your diamond to be worth more than diamonds that don’t fit into the “comfortable” standards.

In Conclusion

It’s worth saying again: every polished diamond is worth something. Just realize that you’ll get more value from diamonds that have rarity values within the 4 C’s of diamond evaluation than you will from more stones that would be considered average.

To receive an accurate evaluation of your diamonds, you need to have them examined by those who understand these factors. They should show you blemishes or inclusions found so you understand the character of your diamond. This way there is never any question as to what it may be worth.

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