Choosing jewelry that is timeless and high quality should be a priority when looking for that perfect diamond. Anyone shopping for diamonds should become familiar with the 4 Cs of diamond buying: cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. These are the characteristics by which diamonds are graded by the industry.
The way in which a diamond is cut will determine how it appears, shape-wise, and also how brilliantly it shines. Their cuts also have an influence on which diamonds will fit into which jewelry settings.
Diamonds have varying levels of clarity resulting from how many imperfections they have and how visible these imperfections are. The most desirable and expensive diamonds are those with a high level of clarity, or few imperfections.
When you think of diamonds, it’s likely that you first envision colorless diamonds. Diamonds without color provide the most sparkle, so they are the most highly prized.
Perhaps the most obviously visible one of the 4 Cs is the carat weight of diamonds, because it relates to the stone’s size. Not surprisingly, larger diamonds are typically more expensive than smaller diamonds. This is true not only because you’re getting more diamond for your money but also because larger diamonds are less common.
It is a common misconception that diamonds are unbreakable. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. If a diamond is hit hard enough, it will crack or chip. So be sure not to wear a diamond when working with your hands. Also, don’t store your diamonds with other jewels as the other jewels may scratch your diamonds. To clean your diamonds, always use a jeweler’s polishing cloth.
Sam’s Club offers the following types of diamonds: