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Factors that Determine a Diamond's Value

May 14, 2015

How valuable is your diamond?

So just what exactly determines the value of a diamond? Read below to find out the 4 factors that determine a diamond’s value:

1.)  Cut

Cut determines how light strikes the surface and produces brightness, fire, and scintillation.

2.)  Color

The color scale ranges from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown)

Colorless diamonds are extremely rare

The majority of diamonds have small tints of yellow, brown, or gray

3.)  Clarity

Clarity is the presence of imperfections

Ranges from flawless, to internally flawless, to very very slightly included, to very slightly included, to slightly included, to included

4.)  Carat

Perhaps the most well know of the 4 categories, carat refers to the size of the stone

The larger the carat, the more valuable the diamond