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Clear Cut Classroom: Balancing the 4 C's for Round Brilliant

Are you obsessed with round brilliants? We are🙋!! Inspired by your questions from our weekly Q and A’s on Instagram, we're breaking down the 4 C’s for round brilliants!

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When shopping for a diamond, it is ALL about the 4 C’s: cut, carat, color, and clarity. You have to balance the 4 C’s and decide what is a priority and what can be compromised -- this depends on the cut of the diamond. For round brilliants, they are very good at masking color and camouflaging inclusions. Regardless of where you compromise, you have to make sure the diamond faces up white and bright, and that any inclusions are not visible to the naked eye. At The Clear Cut, we ensure your diamond is of the highest quality by having our own set of cut-offs. We typically recommend cutting off the search at a J color because anything beyond can start to look warmer. For clarity, we recommend sticking to SI-1 or SI2 and as always, they need to be eye clean.

In order to best balance the 4 C’s, you need to think about what your priorities are. Think about what is most important: a white color? Absolutely no inclusions? The size?

Some people want to prioritize color over everything else, while others want to maximize carat weight. Sometimes we work with clients who want to find the stone with as little inclusions as possible. Balancing the 4 C’s is all about personal preference and what you want most in your stone.

Ask yourself, what do you want to maximize and what are you willing to compromise on? Tell us about how you balance the 4 C’s in the comments below!

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