Did you ever wonder what makes a diamond so special?  It’s the 4 C’s!

The CARAT, COLOR, CUT and CLARITY of a diamond are arguably the most important factors to consider when shopping for a diamond.  Understanding these factors will help you choose the perfect diamond for your budget and one that your special someone will be sure to love!

Pacific Diamond carries the largest selection both GIA certified and uncertified diamonds in Hawaii and our certified gemologists will take the time to educate you about the world’s most beloved stone so you can make the right choice when purchasing your diamond!

Understanding the 4 C’s

  • Carat
    The diamond carat is the unit of measurement of a diamond’s weight; larger diamonds being the rarest.
  • Cut
    A high-quality diamond cut will result in a symmetrical, brilliant stone that reflects the maximum brilliance.
  • Clarity
    Diamond clarity indicates the presence or absence of inclusions and blemishes within a diamond.
  • Color
    Graded on an alphabetical scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow), a diamond’s color rating indicates the degree of yellowness in the stone. The most valuable diamonds are usually completely colorless.

While the 4 C’s are important they are not the only factors to consider when purchasing a diamond, here are some of the other factors to consider when viewing and purchasing diamonds:

  • Shape
    A diamond’s shape is one of its most defining characteristics. From the round brilliant diamond to the princess cut, we’ll help you choose the shape that complements your style.
  • Fluorescence
    A loose diamond with fluorescence will emit a soft, bluish glow when placed under UV or ultraviolet light. The fluorescence effect is an important consideration when buying a loose diamond.
  • Cutlet
    The culet is the tiny facet or point at the bottom of a diamond, where the pavilion facets meet.
  • Certification
    A Diamond Grading Report includes all of the stone’s defining characteristics and scores. 
  • Girdle
    The girdle is the thin perimeter of a diamond, dividing the crown (top) from the pavilion (bottom). Some GIA certified diamonds will have the certification number laser inscribed in the girdle.