Round Brilliant shape
1.10 carat / G color / VS2 clarity
Why is the lower
price not the best price?
Even though the basic
4 Cs are "identical" for both diamonds in this example,
Diamond A is a much lower quality stone -- due to nine other
quality and price deductions listed on the certificate (shown
below in blue):
Diamond A -- 1.10
carat, G color, VS2 clarity, Round
For Sale: $4,500
Nine additional details
on the certificate:
fluorescence / 65% table / 65% depth / very
large culet / very thin to very thick girdle /
cert is 2 years old from IGI / measures 6.56x6.42x4.17
mm / good polish / good symmetry
Due to these hidden
quality factors, you would have paid $1,000 too much for
a stone that anyone would describe as ugly. It has less fire
and less brilliance than diamond B, and was damaged in the setting
while it was worn for the two years since the certificate was
written. This diamond would not be a good deal at $4,500 because
it is only worth $3,500 at the very most.
Moral of the Story
To compute the value
of this diamond, you must go beyond the 4 Cs. Unless you
want to study and become a gemologist and certified appraiser,
you will never be able to properly adjust for all 13 price factors
on your own.
We make it easyto know exactly what to pay,
because our Pricing Tutorial Page shows you everything you need to know, step by easy step.
What About Diamond
Go here for a point-by-point
education about every detail on the certificate for Diamond B. It will teach you a lot about diamonds in just a few seconds and demonstrate the importance of going beyond the 4Cs to get real value.