Clear Cut Classroom: Color and Clarity
Welcome to The Clear Cut Classroom where we take deep dives into all things diamonds (and jewelry)! Let's discuss 2 of the 4 C's: Color and Clarity! We're breaking down what they are and how to navigate the scales so you can find the perfect diamond for you!
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Let’s take it back to the basics! Today we’re talking color and clarity -- two of the 4 C’s!!
Let’s start with color. This refers to the amount of yellow/brown tones in the stone. The scale goes from D-Z, D being completely colorless and Z being almost fancy yellow. With every step down, you see more warm yellow tones. D-E-F is the colorless range and G-J is the near-colorless range (which is what we typically work with!). It’s important to note that the color range depends a lot on the type of diamond! For cushions, it's better to stay higher on the scale, and for emeralds you have more flexibility!
Clarity refers to the natural inclusions in the diamonds! These are little formations that naturally occur. Clarity is graded in the number, intensity and location of the inclusion. It goes from flawless, internally flawless, very very slightly included (VVS1-2), very slightly (VS1-2), slightly included (SI1-2), and included (I1-3) -- how scientific!! LOL!
What I love about diamonds is that they are all so unique -- you can have two round stones for example, with the exact same color, the same clarity, but they could look different! Each diamond is unique, so it’s always important to work with a professional who can make sure your stone is eye clean!
All in all, it’s all about which of the 4 C’s you want to prioritize! Let us know what you want to see next week in the comments below!!