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Our customers are smart consumers, and we love helping them make the right decisions when it comes to purchasing diamonds. A little diamond and precious metal knowledge can go a long way in your buying journey. Knowing about the 4Cs, GIA diamond grading, and precious metal pricing can help you make a smart purchase. Arm yourself with some jewelry education to prevent overpaying for low quality jewelry.
No discussion about buying diamonds, in any form, is complete without discussing these classic "Four C's." Additionally, understanding such criteria as diamond grading reports and the other components affecting a diamond's cost (price) will make for a sound and secure decision.
Since diamonds are an investment in love, money and the future, Inter-Continental Jewelers of Houston, Texas is here to assist you in making the best choice possible. Below are a links to individual pages that explain what each of the Four C’s means and why each is important to your diamond purchase and value. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a link to our Diamond Shapes page to help you determine what If you are confused about any of these points, please feel free to contact us via our Contact Us page or give us a call toll free at 713.785.9600.
This “C” is focused on evaluating the naturally occurring inclusions, or imperfections, present in a diamond. For more information on how this is measured and by whom, visit this page.
Read more about diamond clarity
Cut describes the proportions and angles of a diamond. Many people confuse cut with the shape of a diamond. On this page, we will explain the difference between cut and shape and why cut is important to a diamond’s value.
Read more about diamond cuts
Diamonds are graded on a color scale implemented by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which ranges from D, which is colorless, to Z, which includes diamonds that have a light yellow or light brown tint to them. Go to this page to learn more about the color grading scale.
Read more about diamond color
A diamond’s weight is represented in carats and weight is the easiest of the four C’s to determine. To find out why, you can click on this link to go to the Diamond Carat Weight page.
Read more about carat weight