This blog is created to assist you when shopping for a certified diamond. Before shopping for a certified stone, it is essential to know what the 4C's stand for, in order to be able to choose the perfect diamond of your choice. For any further questions, feel free to reach out to our team for assistance. 

One of the first things people learn about diamonds is that no diamond is 100% identical. This means that not all diamonds are created equally, every diamond is special in its own way. Diamonds comes in various shapes, sizes, colors, and additionally also have different internal characteristics.
A Diamonds value is determined after it has been cut and polished. The value of the diamond is then based on a combination of factors. Rarity is the key factor. Diamonds that are rarer are more valuable. The most common misconception is that the value of the diamond is based on diamond carat, which means diamond size. However, the carat represents the weight of the diamond, which then affects how large a diamond appears in each piece of jewelry. When purchasing a diamond, the carat weight is important, but it is equally as important to assess the shape of the diamond to view its true size.

How to purchase a 1 carat certified stone using the 4 Cs

The Four Cs: Cut, Carat, Clarity & Color

Cut: How a diamond is cut, is responsible for its sparkle. It is the number of facets there are on the diamond which create the reflection of light.

Carat: The carat is a measurement of weight, not size. In terms of pricing, the longer, wider and flatter shapes tend to be a little more affordable in comparison to the Round Brilliant.

Clarity: Clarity is graded by the diamond’s internal and surface flaws which are called blemishes and inclusions, such as: chipping on the surface of the stone, or tiny needle like crystals inside the stone, which can be seen through 10x magnification. The grading begins with ‘FL’ Flawless, all the way to ‘I’ Included. But to get your money’s worth, ‘VVS’ Very, Very Slightly Included; is pretty close to perfect.

Color: The diamond scale is graded from D to Z, D being crystal clear; all the way to Z which is the least valuable color, as it is more yellow or brownish in color. A clear ‘white’ diamond is more expensive and for a reasonable price, it is good to go for a G-H Color. It is the middle ground of a just right kind of bright stone.

How to get the best value Lab Grown Diamond

Lab Grown Diamonds hold the same chemical, optical and physical properties of a mined diamond, just an ethical and a much more affordable alternative. With a lab grown diamond, you are able to buy a larger, better graded diamond for the price of a small, mined diamond.

Purchasing a solitaire fancy shape, you can save more money than a classic round. However, with shapes like Princess, Cushion and Asscher; the diamond cuts tend to bury their weight in the depth of the stone, and they optically seem smaller, but hold a lot of weight.

How to Choose the Perfect Diamond

The main thing to remember when shopping for a diamond is that color and clarity are not visible to the naked eye. Any color within the G-I range is able to stimulate clarity at not such a high cost. Lastly, it is okay to start with a VS2 grade, your gem is still ensured flawless sparkle.

Trellis by Elyana offers personal service where you can tell our experts what you are looking for, and your budget. We assure to find you your Perfect Diamond.

Review the grading report and the diamond

It is essential to view the grading report and view a few different diamonds of the similar carat, color and clarity. Remember, the grading is based on a 10x magnification, hence the naked eye will not be able to see the impurities and blemishes. 

At Trellis, we ensure to show our clients a range of different diamonds and grading reports based on their requirement. Our team is GIA certified and assure to give a detailed explanation of the grading report, helping clients make an objective decision on the diamonds quality before making their purchase.