Round Brilliant shape
1.10 carat / G color / VS2 clarity
We know you only clicked
Diamond B out of curiosity, but... you're right! This
diamond turns out to be the best value, but only after
close examination of the details on the lab certificate.
Diamond B -- 1.10 carat, G color, VS2 clarity, Round
For Sale: $5,500
Nine additional details
on the certificate:
/ 56% table / 61.5% depth / very small culet
/ thin to medium girdle, faceted / cert is 1 month
old from GIA / measures 6.52x6.50x3.99 mm / ideal polish
/ ideal symmetry
If you had purchased
this diamond, you would have saved $1,000 for a stone
that anyone would describe as beautiful. It has excellent dispersion
(fire), along with great brilliance and scintillation (sparkle).
This diamond would be a great deal at $5,500 because it is
worth at least $6,500.
Why This Diamond Is
The 4 Cs are not enough
to judge the quality of this or any other diamond. The other
9 technical details on a certificate are crucial to determining
the beauty and value.
As dealers, we would
manually adjust for the nine additional quality factors beyond
the 4 Cs, and we find that the best-priced dealers would sell this
stone for about $6,546.
But you don't
need to do the adjustments manually. In fact, we don't do it
manually now either. Use our Pricing Tutorial Page to learn how to calculate the price of any diamond easily.
factors for Diamond B
1 -- Fluorescence
-- With a G
color, you will want very little or no fluorescence because it
can interfere with fine colors and make a diamond look a little
2 -- Table -- The table percentage on this
diamond is within what's called "ideal" by many dealers
and make this stone very much in demand.
3 -- Depth -- The depth percentage on this
diamond is also within what's called "ideal" parameters.
4 -- Culet -- The very small culet is perfect
in our opinion because it is not large enough to be visible to
the naked eye through the top of the stone or allow any leakage
of light through the bottom, while being large enough to improve
the durability of the point.
5 -- Girdle -- The girdle is thin to medium,
but not very thin, making it durable enough on the edges without
being too visible or distracting from a side view.
6 -- Certificate
Date -- The
date is very recent, meaning the stone has not been set and
worn since it was examined, so the information on the certificate
is valid. A "Diamond Grading Report" from GIA (as they
are technically termed by GIA) is the most highly respected among
diamond "certificates" as called by most consumers.
We use "certificate" in this site simply because most
consumers understand that term.
7 -- Measurements
-- The first
two stone measurements show it is very round. Off-round is not
desirable because it can interfere with the flow of light.
8 -- Polish -- Ideal polish is the finest grade,
indicating that this diamond will reflect more light from the
surface than lesser diamonds, and increase overall brilliance
9 -- Symmetry --
is an important plus because it indicates that the facets line
up between the crown and pavilion, increasing the proper flow
of light for maximum brilliance and fire.
If you only look at the 4 Cs, you would think these two
diamonds are virtually identical. However, Diamond B is worth
$3,000 more than Diamond A -- so B is the best value, even at the higher price.
So... What About Diamond
Diamond A is only
worth about $3,500 due to the poor quality of the other
nine crucial factors on the certificate,
a very poor deal if you are asked to pay $4,500. You would
have overpaid by over $1,000 if you had purchased that diamond
in our test, based on the 4 Cs alone.
Two Morals To This
1-- You MUST go beyond
the 4 Cs!
To know what to pay for a diamond, you MUST consider the other
9 quality factors that affect the price. We make it easy.
guide you step-by-step to make all the right decisions... fast.
2-- This Example was REAL!
Buyer Beware! This is not
an imaginary scenario. These two diamonds actually WERE for sale at the same time at two different dealers. It is important to note that both of these
diamonds are quite realistic and you will find similar ones on
the Web every day. Are you ready to tell the difference? We
make it easy.