"The Four C's" of Fancy Colored Diamonds
Fancy color diamonds are graded based on the same four criteria as white diamonds, known as the "Four Cs": color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. However, the standards for these characteristics differ for fancy color diamonds.
Color is the most critical factor for fancy color diamonds, and they are graded based on the intensity and hue of their color. The more vibrant and saturated the color, the higher the value.
Clarity refers to the presence of inclusions in the diamond. The highest clarity is Internally Flawless. Typically any diamond graded SI1 and better is clean to the eye and its inclusions can only be seen with a loupe or microscope.
Cut refers to the diamond's proportions, symmetry, and polish. The better the cut, the more light is reflected, creating more brilliance and fire in the diamond. Also, it determines how big the diamond will look in relation to its carat weight.
Carat weight is the measure of a diamond's size and weight. All diamonds are evaluated based on their carat weights. In fancy color diamonds, carat weight affects the rarity less than its color intensity and hue.
Understanding fancy color diamonds can be tricky at first, Rare Colors is committed to help guide all our clients to ensure they make the right choice.