The four C’s is what anyone will tell you if you ask for advice on how to buy diamonds. But most people will draw a blank when you ask them to tell you what the four C’s stand for! You cannot afford not to know the four C’s when you’re going to buy diamonds. Buyers beware, so we’ve heard, but you should be especially careful and aware as a consumer before spending your hard-earned money on something as expensive as diamonds. Although gold remains the preferred choice of investment for storing wealth, people invest in diamonds nevertheless.
There was a book called “Acres of Diamonds” which told a story of a man who left his home and traveled around the world in the search of these gems. It seemed that after a short time he had spent all his life and used up all his resources trying to find the precious stones. But eventually he had no money left and died without finding any diamonds, but the story does not end there. The person who had brought his home went to the bottom of the garden, and in the stream he saw something shining in the water. After taking a closer look, he realized that he had found diamonds in the stream. So the sad thing was that the previous owner had sold his home and gone in the search of diamonds, but if he had only looked in his garden he would have found all the 鑽石戒指 he could have dreamt of.
It makes sense that larger diamonds will cost more that smaller diamonds even if the amount of total carats is the same. A single one carat diamond will cost more that two diamonds set in a ring that add up to one carat because larger size diamonds are much harder to find and are highly valued when found. Diamonds lose almost half their size when they are cut.
In order for miners to attempt to extract these diamonds from beaches, a structurally-sound wall is built to hold back the surf. Up to 25 meters of sand is bulldozed away in order to reach the diamond-bearing level. Once the level is reached, the earth is removed and transported to screening plants.
In 2010 the production rate of diamonds increased by 48%. 48%! And it’s only going to increase in 2011. Now is the time to invest in diamonds, but bear in mind, you shouldn’t invest in just any diamond.
Dentist drills are a popular place for diamonds to go. It is fair to say that you probably have had diamonds in your mouth on a number of occasions as dentists drills are made up at least partly of diamond powder.
Diamond colour is simply its actual colour. Contrary to popular belief, all diamonds are not clear. Although a more perfect diamond is considered completely colourless, they can be found coloured from clear to yellow to sometimes even black. In most cases the less color a diamond has, the more value it has, but this is not always the case. The Hope Diamond is considered the most valuable diamond in the world, but it is a black diamond.
Apart from shape, with ovals, it’s good to take into account all of the “four Cs.” You can find the best possible value by applying the same standards to an oval as you would to a round brilliant. In most cases, this means a cut rating of “Good,” a color grade of around G, a clarity grade of SI1 or SI2, and a carat weight in the area of 1.