Diamonds come in all colors of the spectrum, from transparent to black. Color is very important when choosing a diamond. The more clear and colorless the diamond, the higher it is graded on the GIA scale. According to the GIA scale, each stone is rated with regard to the amount of color emitted out of the diamond, giving each stone its brilliance. MyJewelryBox.com sells near colorless diamonds to offer extraordinary value and beauty to every jewelry piece. There are different classifications in grading a diamondís color.
D: Entirely colorless. This is the highest graded diamond and is exceptionally rare.
E: This is a colorless diamond. A special and rare diamond whose color can only be detected by a professional gemologist.
F: Colorless as well. Tints of color can only be detected by a professional gemologist.
G-H: Near colorless, G-H graded diamonds are considered to be high quality diamonds.
I-J: Near colorless, I-J graded diamonds still maintain an admirable value.
K-M: Faint Yellow.
N-R: Very light yellow.
S-W: Light yellow.
X-Z: Fancy yellow.

A diamond with a faint tint of yellow can look virtually colorless due to fluorescence. Fluorescence is a diamond's reaction to UV light. Generally, the more fluorescence a diamond has, the lower it is valued. Fluorescence can make a diamond in some lights can appear greasy or cloudy.
COLOR
The more flawless the diamond, the more value it has. Clear and colorless diamonds most often look perfect to the naked eye, yet each stone has what we call imperfections or inclusions. Inclusions are the traces of nature left behind in the birth of each diamond. Whether it is scratches or tiny pieces of minerals left behind, each diamond has what we call its flaws.

It is Important when choosing the size of your stone that if it is less than ĺ carat it is preferable to choose color over clarity. Vice versa when buying a larger stone; clarity overrides the importance of color. Diamonds are graded according to their number of flaws. The more imperfections, the less valuable the stone.

FL, IF (Flawless): Virtually no inside or outside flaws. Very rare.
VVS1, VVS2 (Very very slightly included): Slightly included. A brilliant quality diamond with minimal imperfections that are not visible to the naked eye.
VS1, VS2 (Very slightly included): Slightly included as well. Though not as pricey as those mentioned above, these diamonds are still high in quality.
SI1, SI2 (Slightly included): These diamonds have minor inclusions which are not apparent to the naked eye.
SI3, I1 (Slightly included): These diamonds have minor inclusions which are moderately visible to the trained eye.
I2, I3 (Included): These diamonds have moderate inclusions which are visible to the naked eye. These diamonds are usually promotional diamonds and found in most jewelry retail outlets.
CLARITY
A diamondís brilliance, finish, and proportions are all perceived by the cut of a diamond. A poorly cut diamond will lack radiance even if it has perfect color and clarity. It is the width and depth of a diamond that determines its luminosity. Both shallow and deeply cut diamonds lack the brilliance of an ideal cut due to the escape of light through the base of the stone.
Today, with the use of a visual measuring apparatus and advanced computer technology, we are capable of determining the exact proportions of light entering through the diamond and to which angle the light reflects through the stone. This conduct of light determines the vividness and radiance of each stone.
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FANCY SHAPED DIAMONDS
Any diamond that is not round qualifies as a fancy-shaped diamond. They are all distinctive and diverse, yet each can be classified as one of the following: (Princess, Emerald, Asscher, Oval, Marquise, pear, Radiant, heart, and cushion).
Princess:
The Princess is the most fashionable of all fancy-shaped diamonds. This cut creates a square or rectangular
shaped stone. The princess cut has a unique charm too with regard to its appearance. The allure and
elegance of the princess cut significantly compliments the appearance of an engagement ring. The length to
width ratios vary in size in accordance to how square or rectangular the stone is. A ratio in the region of 1.0 is
a very well designed diamond.
Emerald:
Similar to the princess cut diamond, the emerald is also measured in a length to width ratio. The difference lies
in the length of the diamond. The Emerald cut is generally a more rectangular cut stone that gives its
brightest impression if the length to width ratio roughly 1.30. Notice as well, that the emerald cut has four
rounded edges as opposed to the four pointed edges of the princess cut.
Asscher:
Similar to the emerald, the asscher has four rounded edges but is conversely square in character. Its unique
contour emphasizes the clarity of each diamond. Due to its rounded corners it is important to note that color
may be perceptible at the edges.
Oval:
The oval diamond is comparable to the circular shaped diamond. However, the length is greater than that of a
circle, giving it an ovular appearance.
Marquise:
The dazzling marquise cut is very exceptional in shape though reminiscent of the oval and pear shaped
diamonds. It is ovular in shape with two pointed tips.
Pear:
The pear shape diamond is ovular in shape with one rounded edge and a point at the opposite end. The pear,
marquise, and oval diamonds are appealing to the eye because they are slimming in shape.
Radiant:
Similar to the Asscher cut or emerald, the radiant diamond is square or rectangular in shape. The radiant cut
diamond has clipped edges. It is important to note that due to the curved corners, color may be visible in the
edges.
Heart:
The love fashioned diamond is the most unique in shape. This passionate icon is an ideal gift for an
anniversary, birthday, or Valentine's Day.
Cushion:
The cushion shaped diamond has larger facets than most fancy shaped diamonds. These larger facets increase
the cushion cut diamondís luminosity as well as lucidity. It is square in shape with rounded corners.
The carat weight is the last decision to make when it comes time to choosing the right diamond. People tend to make the
mistake of buying the biggest diamond they can afford without taking into consideration color, clarity, or quality. It is
important to keep in mind that if the diamond you choose is less than ĺ carat it is preferable to choose color over clarity.
Vice versa when buying a larger stone; clarity overrides the importance of color. It is important to note as well, that a two
carat stone is not necessarily twice as big as a one carat stone; it is only greater in weigh
The carat is the weight of the diamond and is evaluated on a point system. 100 points equals one carat; 50 points equals
one-half carat, etc. To think of it another way, one carat equals 200 milligrams, and 142 carats equals one ounce.
As you would imagine, larger diamonds are found in nature less often than smaller diamonds and are therefore more costly.
A one-carat diamond costs far more than two half-carat diamonds (provided they are equal in terms of cut, color and
clarity).
You will want to take several factors into account when choosing the right carat weight for you. Diamonds on small hands
appear larger. And the setting you choose can make a difference in the diamond's appearance.
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