A carat is a unit of measurement relating to a diamond's weight and can be broken down into 100 points. Because larger carat weight diamonds are rarer in nature, they are exponentially more expensive than smaller ones. A diamond's carat weight is not the only determining factor for its face-up size and will depend on cut as well.
A natural property that refers to the presence of color, or lack thereof within a diamond. The color scale according to GIA ranges from "D" to "Z" with the former being colorless, rarer and more desirable. Diamonds in the lower range will exhibit and yellowish, or brownish tint, and we recommend our clients staying within the colorless to near-colorless range.
Most diamonds have unique characteristics classified as inclusions within the stone, and blemishes on its surface; both vary in nature, color, appearance and location. We recommend having a professional inspect each stone carefully and focusing on the VS to SI range to provide optimal value and beauty.
The angles and proportions of a diamond's facets, along with its polish and symmetry make up its cut. The manner in which a diamond reflects light, sparkles and exhibits fire will be based on these factors. Equally as important, it will impact how the stone measures face up.