The best color for a diamond is NO color. A totally colorless diamond best allows white light to pass effortlessly through it and be dispersed as rainbows of color. While many diamonds may appear colorless to the untrained eye, the majority contain very slight traces of yellow and brown tones. When you look at them side by side with a jeweler, you can appreciate the simple beauty of a stone that has no underlying hue. The G.I.A. Report will guarantee your diamond color quality. By rare accidents of nature, diamonds may occur in twelve other colors which are called Fancies. They are extremely rare and can be quite expensive.
The CUT creates the fire and brilliance of the stone. It is the most critical factor in determining the beauty of your diamond. When a diamond is well cut, light is reflected from one facet to another and then dispersed through the top of the stone. Very few diamonds are cut to the proper proportions. The vast majority are either cut too deep or too shallow. This will let the light escape through the opposite side or through the bottom of the stone before it can reflect light back to the surface.
Most diamonds contain very tiny natural birthmarks known as inclusions. Inclusions interfere with the passage of light through the diamond and therefore effects the diamond\'s brilliance. Most inclusions require magnification to become visible. The fewer the inclusions the rarer the stone. The degree to which a diamond is free from these imperfections will determine the Clarity of the gem. CARAT WEIGHT
A diamond's size is measured in CARAT weight. Larger diamonds are found infrequently in nature which makes them very rare. Big diamonds best show their brilliance. Two diamonds of equal weight can differ greatly in brilliance, purity, and color. The value of a stone in Carat goes up in degrees . Therefore a two-carat stone might be worth three times as much, instead of two times as much, as a one-carat diamond. The greater the rarity of larger stones increases the value.
Cost can be the most important aspect of your diamond purchase. Diamonds are priced by the PER CARAT basis. There are weight categories that will effect the price per carat for a specific quality diamond. As weight category increases so will price per carat. The weight categories are:
.70 - .89ct
.90 - .99 ct
1.00 - 1.49 ct
1.50 - 1.99 ct
2.00 - 2.99 ct