Engagement diamond grades

Diamonds are the most sought after items when it comes to engagement rings. However, these diamonds don’t usually come cheap and depending on their quality and grade they come in a range of prices.People are always wondering how to differentiate between diamonds because to most ordinary people, they all look the same. What is important to note is that when it comes to diamonds, bigger is not always better.In grading these engagement diamonds, there are four things that are usually considered by the top jewelers in Los Angeles for engagement rings before the grade of the diamond is determined. These are;

1. Color: most of us are usually attracted to a certain item by its color. However, when it comes to diamonds, it is the actual opposite. Grading tests that have been carried out by the Gemological Institute of America determined that the less color a diamond has, the higher the grade.Therefore a diamond’s color grade is actually based on its lack of. So next time you go looking for an engagement diamond you should look for one with less color as opposed to the more shiny ones.

2. Clarity: this grading mechanism focuses on any inclusions and blemishes that can be seen on the diamond. These influence the clarity grade of the diamond. A diamond is graded as flawless if no blemishes can be seen on it even at a magnification power of *10.These of course are very rare, not to mention very expensive. However, for diamonds that have blemishes that can be visible by the naked eye, those are graded as I3 diamonds.There are intermediary grades for clarity based on at which power of magnification that the inclusion or blemish can be noticed.

3. Cut: this grading mechanism tries to look at how a diamond was cut.The grading system is an excellent cut, a very good cut, a good cut, a fair cut and a poor cut. Cut however should not be confused as being the shape of the diamond. A diamond that is cut to the right proportions will have more brilliance that will lead to more sparkle of the diamond which is normally what catches the eye.So diamonds that have a bright sparkle are usually of a higher grade than their less sparkling counterparts.

4. Carat: This is the weight of the diamond.More often than not, people think that the karat of a diamond refers to its size. This is not the case. Carat is just the standard measure for diamonds whereby one karat is usually equated to 200 milligrams. Its possible to actually find a two karat well-cut diamond that will actually appear larger than a poorly cut diamond that is of the same weight. As you see, size clearly does not matter in the case of diamonds.

So for an engagement diamond’s grade to be determined, all of this factors are checked carefully and recorded according to the standard scales set by the Gemological Institute of America which is the main body responsible for ensuring the quality of diamonds.

So next time you go to buy an engagement diamond keep in mind that just because of its big, doesn’t mean its the best even though to most of us size is always the standard measure. However when it comes to diamonds, much like many other products, its clear that outside appearance alone is not key to determining its quality.