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About Buying Diamonds

I have heard of Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight. What else do I need to know?

Carat Weight: The larger a diamond, the more rare. A diamondís size is measured in carat weight, and each carat is equal to 100 points. A 0.75 carat diamond is the same as a 75-point diamond or a 3/4 carat stone.

While large diamonds are highly prized, the value of identically sized diamonds can vary widely based on their clarity, color, and cut.

Clarity: The fewer inclusions in a diamond, the more rare. Virtually all natural diamonds contain identifying characteristics, yet most are invisible to the naked eye. Under the scrutiny of a microscope or the jeweler's 10x magnifying loupe, these natural phenomena (called inclusions) may be seen. These are nature's birthmarks and may look like tiny crystals, clouds, or feathers.

The number, type, size, and position of internal or surface birthmarks affect a diamond's value. While minor inclusions may be invisible to the naked eye, major inclusions interfere with the path of light as it travels through the diamond, diminishing its brilliance and therefore its value.

About DiamondsColor: The more pure the color of a diamond, the more rare. Diamonds are graded by color. Truly colorless diamonds, graded D, are the rarest. The grading continues through the alphabet with Q as the lowest grade. While many grades appear colorless to the naked eye, the diamond may contain subtle yellow or brown tones. The more pronounced the color, the lower the grade and the less valuable the stone. The best way to judge color is to compare diamonds side by side.

Cut: The better cut a diamond, the more brilliant. While nature determines a diamondís clarity, carat weight, and color, the hand of a master craftsman is necessary to release its fire, sparkle and beauty. When a diamond is cut to good proportions, light reflects from one mirror-like facet to another and exits through the top of the stone. This produces a display of brilliance and fire.

Diamonds that are cut too deep or too shallow lose light through the sides and bottom of the stone. As a result, the poorly cut stone is less brilliant and beautiful, and certainly less valuable.

Finding the right diamond for you: The best diamonds balance cut, clarity, carat weight, and color. The best way to compare diamonds is side by side in the jewelry store. Let Windsor Jewelry show you the difference between diamonds and find the best fit for you.

Now that you know a little more about diamonds, come to our store and see for yourself.
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