Back in the 1950’s Richard Liddicoate, former President and Chairman of the Board of the Gemological Institute of America, realized a need for a standardized methodology for grading diamonds that would provide a common “language” for describing them. With such a system someone in New York could call a diamond supplier in Antwerp and, using this “universal language”, could describe in words exactly the color, clarity, cut and carat weight of a diamond and be reasonably assured of getting that very diamond.
The 4 C’s for diamond grading involve the four main characteristics of a diamond that determine its quality and ultimately its price. These are:
These four characteristics can be manipulated either individually, or in whatever combination you may want to get the right mix of quality and price for your tastes and budget. This is a complicated process that can seem overwhelming to someone without proper training, because of all the variables involved. Understanding what each of these C’s stand for, and how they affect the quality/price is the first step in getting a handle on the diamond buying process. So go ahead and take that first step with Palmetto Gems right here on our web site. The information here can help you get started towards a better understanding of diamonds and their value. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. One of our Graduate Gemologists will be happy to assist you.