The term carat comes from the word carob, which refers to a Mediterranean seed with a very stable weight for measurement. The larger the diamond’s carat weight, the rarer and more precious it gets. One gram equals five metric carats.
Some folks are looking for the biggest diamond they can find. If the size is important to you, McGee Jewelry will help you choose the right cut, color, and clarity to match your budget while still looking great. Many of our engagement rings may accommodate diamonds up to 5.00 carats, although size restrictions vary by ring size and mounting type. Although prong settings may be adjusted to suit almost any size diamond, tension-set diamonds and bezel-set diamonds have additional size restrictions.
The quality of the diamond’s dimensions and symmetry is the fundamental meaning of cut. The dimensions of your diamond have a significant impact on how brilliantly it shines. The depth, table size, crown height and angle, girdle thickness, and other factors go into creating an ‘ideal cut’ diamond, which permits the most amount of light to pass through the top of the diamond. Our diamond experts will gladly help you in determining the ideal diamond cut for you.
After a raw diamond is mined, it is analyzed to find the best feasible cut for optimal clarity, color, and carat weight. The terms ‘cut’ and shape,’ such as round brilliant or princess cut, are often misunderstood.
Diamonds come in a variety of hues, from colorless to yellow or light brown, and may even come in a variety of exotic colors, such as yellow, blue, and even red. The rarer the diamond, the less color it has.
G-J stands for “near-colorless.”
Faint Yellow (K-M)
Very Light Yellow (N-R)
Light Yellow (S-Z)
Diamonds become fancy yellow after the hue ‘Z’ on the color scale, and because of their rarity, they cost more.
Carbon makes up the majority of diamonds. Other elements get trapped within the diamond during the heating process, giving each diamond its own unique fingerprint. These inclusions aid in determining your diamond’s clarity.
F – A professional grader cannot see any inclusions or defects.
IF – A proficient grader can see no inclusions and just flaws.
VVS1-VVS2 – Inclusions are tough to detect even by a professional grader.
VS1-VS2 – Inclusions are readily apparent but are small in nature.
SI1-SI2 – A good grader may detect inclusions.
I1-I3 – Inclusions are noticeable and may detract from transparency and brightness.
*Diamond graders examine all diamonds using a 10x magnification lens.