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Introduction to Diamond Education

A Brief History of Diamonds

Diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the whole world, believed to be a symbol of love, beauty, and purity. Believed to have been discovered first in India, diamonds weren’t used for jewelry until 1074, when a Hungarian queen’s crown was decorated with them. After that, the diamond was used for jewelry often, but it didn’t become popular for the engagement ring until the first diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477. After that, different cuts were discovered for diamonds and the diamond engagement ring became what we know today.

The 4 C’s

Diamonds are graded on a scale to determine their worth, with a high quality diamond having all of the 4 C’s, which are cut, color, clarity, and carat.

  • Cut

The cut of a diamond is one of the most important things about a diamond. Without a proper cut, a diamond won’t shine or sparkle quite like it should. With a proper cut, the diamond can create three different optical effects: brightness, which appears as a white light, fire, which is the flashes of color, and scintillation, which are bright and dark areas in the diamond itself. There are many different types of cuts that will create a bright diamond, and some cuts are preferred over other cuts. The standard cut is a round brilliant cut, with many other cuts from the marquise cut, the princess cut, the pear cut, the oval cut, the heart cut, and the emerald cut.

  • Color

Next, the color of a diamond is graded on a scale from D to Z, starting from colorless, and ending at a light color. Most often, people will purchase in the D to J range which is the colorless and near colorless range, but some people will look from the K to Z range, which will offer a much better price.

  • Clarity

Clarity is the perfection of a diamond. Most diamonds are never perfect, and can have anything from scratches to nicks, and trapped substances, like minerals or smaller diamonds trapped inside. The clearer the diamond, the more expensive it is. But, with most diamonds, unless you can see the imperfection by eye, it won’t matter too much if you have imperfections in your diamond.

  • Carat

Lastly, the carat of the diamond is the last C, which is the size of the diamond, and can be anywhere from a fraction of a carat to a 10-carat diamond. Depending on whether the cut is good, the color is colorless, and the clarity is high, a smaller carat can be worth more than a larger carat.


The Uniqueness of Diamonds

Overall, diamonds are extremely unique rocks that come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. No matter what size of loose diamond you need, or whether you are looking for a men’s ring or an engagement ring in Michigan, Azzi Jewelers can help you with whatever you need.