Diamond quality: 4 Cs

Diamond quality: 4 Cs

For our jewelry we use only synthetic diamonds of the best diamond quality. These are grown in the laboratory. How this works exactly, you can read in our article about Laboratory grown diamonds. Even though our synthetic diamonds do not grow naturally, they are just as pure, beautiful and unique as their natural counterparts. They are chemically and visually identical to the stones that grow in the depths of the earth over millions of years. The only difference is that they are grown much faster and are not nearly as harmful to the environment. Read more about the improved environmental conditions in our Sustainability Report and in our We mind Initiative

1. Carat – Weight

Few people know this: carat means the weight of diamonds. One diamond carat is 0.20 grams. Depending on the cut of the diamond, a carat can vary in size - though looks can often be deceiving: If a stone has a large cut and is cut less deeply, it may seem more valuable than it actually is. So the carat weight does not indicate the size of the stone.

2. Color

Color, or diamond color, indicates what color a white diamond is - for example, whether it is colorless or has a tint. The best diamond quality is colorless, or in a highly refined white, and therefore the most valuable. Color is one of the most important factors in determining quality and ranks from D=colorless to Z=obvious coloration. Maren Jewellery's white synthetic diamonds are always G=almost colorless.

3. Cut – Cut quality

The diamond cut is one of the most important criteria for determining diamond quality and value. This is also the reason why the cut has become more and more important in recent years. However, the cut has nothing to do with the shape of the cut - whether a stone is round or square cut. Rather, it is the quality of the cut, that is, how the facets of the cut stone interact with the light and shine. The better a stone is cut, the better the light can refract and the stone can sparkle.

4. Clarity – Purity

Diamond clarity refers to the degree of purity of a diamond. Diamonds are carbon compounds. Normally, they are formed over millions of years under high pressure. In the process, other minerals can also get lost in the stone, these are categorized into three levels: IF=flawless, VS=very small inclusions and SI=small inclusions. The visibility of the inclusions and thus the diamond quality is always evaluated under 10x magnification.

The perfect diamond

Nothing else should you consider when choosing a stone for your Engagement ring. After all, the diamond is a symbol of your love and should be accordingly beautiful. Therefore, we always use the following diamond quality for our lab-grown diamonds: The color of our stones is G, which means as good as colorless. The clarity is VS1, which means: Almost no inclusions and the cut quality is "Excellent". So this overall very high quality of diamonds used is in our opinion the most suitable combination for jewelry. An even higher quality will be more expensive, but is not recognizable to the bare eye as better, i.e. more sparkling, whiter or flawless

What diamond quality should an engagement ring have?

An engagement is a very emotional and personal moment of love, which the engagement ring symbolically captures for eternity. If it will be a ring with gemstones for the engagement, it should be evaluated in addition to the diamond quality, whether the diamonds of the engagement ring are fair trade, certified and traceable or artificially grown in the laboratory. From a size of 0.5 carats, the diamond should come with an official quality certificate, as is the case with the synthetic diamonds at Maren Jewellery. In addition, the diamond quality should be evaluated using the 4 Cs to determine the quality of the stones and therefore the entire piece of jewelry.

Does a diamond with VS1 clarity have high quality?

Yes, VS1, means almost no inclusions. The inclusions in the stone are not visible to the bare eye, thus the stone has a nice clarity and good light refraction and thus high quality. Only at 10x magnification the inclusions are slightly visible.

Is it also possible to classify the quality of synthetic diamonds using the 4 Cs?

Yes, synthetic diamonds can also be of different diamond quality. Since they are identical to their natural counterparts in chemical composition and clarity, they can be classified as comparable to the 4 Cs.

Written by: Moritz Hackl

Moritz is a copywriter, blogger and journalist living in Munich.
More than anything else, he likes to write about the beautiful things in life-
such as about sustainable jewellery.