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Diamonds - The 4 Cs

A diamond's value is based on four factors:

Carat weight
Cut Proportions

Carat weight refers to the size of the diamond. The other three qualities describe the gem’s quality.

One way to think about the 4Cs is to imagine a seesaw, with size (carat weight) on one end and quality (the other three Cs) on the other. Within a given price range, as size increases, quality must diminish. If quality improves, size must diminish. In other words, you can either spend more per carat for a higher-quality stone, or you can get a larger stone and settle for lower overall quality.

Buyer's Tip

Everyone talks about carat weight. Familiarize yourself with the importance of the other 3 Cs (especially cut proportions!) before you go shopping.