Learning about diamonds begins with an understanding of the basic characteristics, often referred to as The Four C’s. These are the standards by which diamonds are graded, compared and ultimately valued. Understanding the ways that diamonds differ from one another will help put in perspective the trade-offs of The Four C’s against another important factor - price.
1 // CARAT WEIGHT
The carat is the measure of the actual weight of the diamond. The greater the weight of a diamond, the more rare it is. Carat weight is not always the same as size appearance. The choice of how a diamond is cut is a critically important factor in determining whether a diamond “looks its weight”. Stones that have too high a depth percentage carry more weight in the height of the diamond where it does not add to the visual size appearance.
2 // COLOR
Diamonds may contain small traces of color within the crystal structure, most often tints of yellow or brown. Differences in the color are subtle and difficult to see with the untrained eye. The less tint of color in a diamond, the more rare it is. Kwiat Tiara™ Diamonds are in the Colorless to Near Colorless range, and because of the superior cut, a Kwiat Tiara™ Diamond will appear more colorless.
3 // CLARITY
The clarity of a diamond refers to the presence of internal “inclusions” occurring naturally within the crystal structure. Almost all diamonds have some degree of inclusions, but in the higher quality diamonds, inclusions are not visible to the naked eye. The higher the clarity of a diamond, the more rare it is. Kwiat Tiara™ Diamonds are limited to the Flawless to SI range.
4 // CUT
Cut refers to the angles and proportions of a diamond and determines how brilliant, beautiful and valuable the diamond is. Cut is the only aspect of a diamond determined by the skill and artistry of the craftsman’s hand.