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Interactive GIA Education Presentation

You start your diamond shopping by understanding of what you're buying. This guide simplifies the four C's of diamonds — cut, color, clarity, and carat weight, so you can choose your diamond based on the same criteria jewelers grade them. After reading this guide, you'll be ready to search the diamond that is right for you.

Diamond Shape:    
Diamond Shape

Diamond Shape refers to the overall outline of the diamond when viewed from the top. Round is the most popular diamond shape, followed by squared shapes such as princess, Asscher, and square radiant, and rectangular shapes like emerald and rectangular radiant. Read More

Diamond Cut:   Diamond Color:  

Cut ImageThe cut of a diamond has the most effect on its sparkle, or brilliance. Even if the diamond has perfect color and clarity, a poor cut can make a diamond look dull. Learn how to choose the right diamond cut with the most brilliance for your budget. Read More

Diamond ColorDiamonds with very little or no color are the most highly valued. A little color can diminish a diamond's brilliance.  Learn how to choose a diamond with no color noticeable to the unaided eye. Read More

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Diamond Clarity:   Carat Weight:  
Diamond ClarityDiamonds with few flaws, or inclusions, are very rare and highly valued. Clarity is graded based on the number, location, size, and type of the inclusions found in a diamond. MDC has some of the clearest diamonds available. Learn how to choose the right grade of clarity for your diamond. Read More Diamond Carat WeightThe weight of a diamond is measured in carats. Since larger diamonds are more rare than smaller diamonds, diamond value tends to rise exponentially with carat weight. Read more about carat weight and learn how to balance diamond quality with the size of your diamond.
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Diamond Certification:    
Diamond Certification

The diamond certificate, referred to by diamond grading labs as a diamond grading report or diamond quality document. A grading report documents the characteristics of a diamond, like the four Cs. The grading report is proof that it has undergone an unbiased, professional examination. Learn more about the diamond grading report.
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Diamond Care:  

Diamonds may not be destructible , but they do require care. Read how to keep your diamond sparkling, and securely set in your ring. Read More

   



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