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Diamond Education

Loose Diamonds

It's important to learn about diamonds and what gives them their true beauty and value.  At Mon Ami, we give you an in-depth look at diamonds and the process they take from the mine, to the beautiful jewelry they are set in.

A diamond's true value comes from the four major characteristics that make up the heart of a diamond; the cut, color, clarity, and carat weight all play a role a diamond’s beauty, it's brilliance, and ultimately it's value.

 

Cut

The cut of a diamond does not refer to it's shape; rather we are interested in the proportions of the diamond.  A diamond, regardless of its shape, whether round, princess, pear, marquise or oval, gets its brilliance based on the cutting and polishing of the diamond facets. This allows the maximum amount of light to enter and reflect and disperse through the top of the diamond.  A diamond can be cut too shallow or too deep, which does not allow the light to be reflected back through the top and ultimately does not allow the diamond’s beauty to be maximized.

Here at Mon Ami Jewelry, we always ensure that our customers receive the highest quality and premier cut diamonds.

 

Color

The color of a diamond is a natural occurrence and can range in every color of the rainbow.   A diamond's color has a significant impact on the appearance and value of the diamond. A diamond that is colorless, allows the light to pass through and be dispersed; creating the image of a rainbow. The color scale of a diamond can range from being colorless (Scale D) to light yellow (Scale Z).

 

Clarity

The clarity is determined based on the inclusions found on a diamond, which can be considered nature's birthmarks and are the characteristics that make a stone unique.  Clarity is determined by the amount and location of these inclusions in the diamond when viewed under 10 power (10x) magnification. The majority of diamonds sold commercially have inclusions which are undetectable to the untrained eye. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) rates clarity grades in diamonds on a scale from Flawless to an Imperfect 3 (I3).

 

Carat Weight

The carat is the standard unit of measurement used when measuring the weight of diamonds and gemstones.  Carat weight is measured to three decimal points and is rounded to the nearest hundredth. The rarity of larger, high-quality diamonds has resulted in significant price escalations between sizes. For instance, a one-carat diamond can command four to six times more than a half-carat diamond.