The 4 C's and Comparison Shopping
Two diamonds of the same size may vary widely in quality. And fine quality can be found in diamonds of all sizes. With so many choices, how do you compare one diamond with another? By evaluating the four characteristics that determine the quality of a diamond: cut, color, clarity and carat-weight. Commonly known as the "4 C's," this grading system was developed by the Gemological Institute of America, and is recognized by virtually every diamond marketer in the United States. Diamonds are valued for their hardness ("A diamond is forever"), and for their sparkle ~ the brilliant flash of light, alive with a rainbow of changing colors. The 4 C's are intended to help you find a diamond that fulfills the promise of durability and dazzle.