Diamonds aren’t an everyday purchase. In fact, for many, they’re a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Our crash course on diamond certification will help you understand the different types and ensure you find exactly what you’re looking for. In fact, our team at Golden Tree Jewellers has got it down to a science.
How are diamonds ranked?
Well you C…no, literally, when it comes to diamonds you want to remember the four Cs: carat weight, clarity, colour grade, and cut. Together, these factors create a universal description of how a diamond will be valued.
One of the more common questions people ask when it comes to diamonds is how many carats? This is a measure of what the stone itself weighs. Depending on the style of jewelry you’re looking for you may also see terms like, “total carat weight” which is the total weight of all the stones together.
The next factor is clarity. In essence, clarity looks for imperfections in a diamond and ranks them on a numerical scale from flawless to, well, less than perfect. The clarity of the diamond reflects how much of that all-important sparkle you can expect.
Did you know not all diamonds are clear? That’s right. While they’re commonly colourless, they can have a tint all the way up to yellow colouring. Colours of diamonds are certified by a number (from 0.0-10) or a letter from D to Z.
The cut of a diamond can also play a vital role in how the stone is rated and how it shines. The cut is typically rated on a scale from ideal to poor. Other factors to consider when talking about diamonds are fluorescence, polish grade, and brilliance. Want to know more? Talk to a jeweller!
Who rates diamonds?
Certain professional organizations are known to be trusted authorities when it comes to diamond certifications. These include the Gemological Institute of America, The American Gem Society, The International Gemological Institute, Gemological Science International, and GemEx Systems Inc. A rating from any of these institutions is a good sign and indicates you’re dealing with a genuine product.
Diamond Certification at Golden Tree Jewellers
If you’re new to the diamond certification scene, check our online diamond selection portal. Each part of the diamond rating system is carefully laid out, allowing you to pick and choose relevant filters to help you select a diamond with everything you need. We offer certified loose diamonds and our qualified team is able to unite you with the perfect one for your ring giving you a one-of-a-kind piece for a one-of-a-kind moment.