Selecting Diamonds

Posted by Daubin Barshtak on June 28, 2011.

Selecting Diamonds


            When selecting a diamond there are four important things to keep in mind: carat weight, color, clarity, and cut. These characteristics combined make up the value of the diamond. When shopping for a diamond many people tend to be only interested in color, and carat weight. However, the cut is one of the single most important aspects of selecting a diamond.


            A diamond’s weight is expressed in carats. One carat is divided into 100 points so that a diamond of 100 points is described as one carat in size and is recorded as 1.00 carat. Of course the larger the carat number (weight), the more expensive the diamond will be.


            Colors for diamonds are truly limitless. However, colorless diamonds have a much higher value due to their rarity and outstanding brilliance. A little color may diminish a stone’s brilliance.


            Diamond clarity refers to the number, size, and location of the inclusions located on the diamond. Diamonds with very few inclusions tend to be the most rare and highly valued.


            Cut refers to the precise proportions and dimensions of a finished diamond. How the diamond is cut affects the stone’s “brilliance,” or how much it shines and sparkles. A diamond that has been cut suitably allows the light to enter and refract through the stone thus creating brilliance. A diamond that is cut too shallow or deep will look lifeless, gloomy, and dull. Many gemologists consider cut as the single most important factor in determining a diamonds value. This is due to the fact that even if a diamond has perfect clarity and color, a diamond with a poor cut will have bland or dull brilliance.


Daubin Barshtak

Pacific Bay Watch



  1. Geografi October 11, 2012

    This is a very nice ring. I bought it to reacple my wedding band which I lost and unfortunatly it did not sit flush next to my solitare so I had to return it. My ring has a slant to it so this one just did not look right. Was thinking of keeping it and using it as a right hand ring but I really need a reacplement wedding band so I had to return it. The diamonds are substantial and they do sparkle nicely. The return process was simple and my refund was issued promptly.

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