Choosing The Right Diamond 2016-11-23T21:34:44+00:00

Choosing The Right Diamond

At Samuelson’s Diamonds, you’ll find nothing but the best selection of high-quality jewelry in Charm City. Every piece of jewelry in our store is hand picked for it’s beauty and value. Whether you’re looking for a stunning engagement ring, the perfect gift for a loved one, or you just want to treat yourself, we have just the thing.

Not sure what you’re looking for? That’s why we’re here! Our jewelry experts can work with you to understand your needs and style preferences, educate you about the products we offer, and help you find something you will absolutely love. Here’s what you’ll find at our jewelry store in Baltimore.

Understanding A Diamond’s Quality

Experts evaluate diamonds using four primary characteristics known as the 4C’s: cut, color, clarity, and carat. The challenge is to determine which of the 4C’s is most important to you, so you can make the best choice.

Cut

The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance and sparkle. Even diamonds with perfect clarity or color can appear dull and lifeless if they’re badly cut. On the other hand, finely cut diamonds can often be brilliant even if with average or below average color and clarity. The better the cut, the more rare and the more valuable the diamond.

Color

The color of a diamond results from light passing through chemical impurities and/or defects in the crystalline structure. While diamonds come in many colors and many hues, the most common color and hue is yellow. The amount of yellow is graded according to a scale from D (colorless) to Z (heavy yellow), with colorless diamonds being considered more valuable. Diamond whose color is beyond Z (called “fancy” diamonds) are are graded using their own scale and terminology. The purer and more intense the color, the rarer and more valuable the diamond.

Clarity

The clarity of a diamond is a measure of the number and type of inclusions (small imperfections) within the diamond and on its surface. The fewer the inclusions visible under a 10X magnifier, the higher the clarity grade which ranges from flawless to heavily included.

Carat

The term “carat” refers to the weight and size of a diamond. The value of a diamond rises exponentially with its size. Most diamonds fall in between 0.01 carat and 1.00 carat. Put another way, that range is between a hundredth of a carat and a full carat in weight.