Diamonds are among the most precious jewels in the world, and for good
reason. Few pieces of jewelry shimmer, sparkle, and shine like a diamond
engagement ring or diamond necklace. Diamonds also make good investments
for anyone looking to diversify their holdings and invest in loose precious
stones. Regardless of why you’re
buying a diamond in Rockville, MD, there are some very important things you should look for to ensure that
you buy the highest quality stone for yourself or a loved one. These factors
are collectively known as the “4 Cs of Diamonds,” and they include:
A diamond’s carat, or carat weight, is the measurement of how much
a diamond weighs. All other factors being equal,
diamond prices increase with carat weight since larger diamonds are rarer and more desirable
by collectors. But diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different
prices based on differences in any of the remaining Cs.
Although cut is often thought of as in terms of the diamond’s shape
(round, emerald, pearl, etc.) it is actually a way of telling how well
a diamond interacts with light. Higher cut grades deliver more intense
sparkle and shine than lower quality cuts. Of all the factors, cut is
the most complex and technically difficult to analyze.
A chemically “pure” diamond has no color, while lower grades
of diamonds take on a yellowish color. The color scale begins with the
letter D, representing colorless (and thus more valuable) diamonds and
continues with the increasing presence of color to the letter Z.
A diamond’s clarity refers to the presence (or absence) of inclusions,
blemishes, and other imperfections. Evaluating a diamond’s clarity
involves looking at the number, size, and position of these characteristics
and how they affect the overall appearance of the diamond. The less imperfections
a diamond has, the higher its value.
Anthony’s Jewelers, the jewelry division at Coins of the Realm, has been
selling diamonds and other precious jewelry in Rockville, MD for over 30 years. We sell
GIA-certified diamonds at very competitive prices. Visit our store to
browse our diamonds in person, or call us at (301) 340-1640 if you have
any questions for our precious metals specialists.