How to measure a diamond’s value.
The Diamond Quality Pyramid is a frame work to help you compare diamonds. While all diamonds are precious, those closest to the top of the pyramid, possessing the best combination of cut, clarity, carat weight and color are the earth’s rarest, most valuable and most beautiful to the eye.
Key to the diamond quality pyramid.
To establish a diamond’s quality, jewelers examine each of the 4Cs – cut, clarity, carat weight and color. The combination of the 4Cs determines the value of a particular diamond. For example, a colorless diamond is at the top of the Diamond Quality Pyramid in color . . . but if it lacks clarity, is small or not well cut, it will be of a lower value. The finest stones possess the rarest quality in each of the 4Cs, and are the most valuable. (Read more about the 4Cs…)
Strive for a stone that offers the best combination of the 4Cs. Knowing a diamond’s place in the Diamond Quality Pyramid will help you to make an informed decision. Ultimately, you’ll discover the unique combination of the 4Cs that makes a particular diamond the right choice for you. Its beauty and brilliance will capture the true sentiment of the occasion.