How to Shop for a Quality Diamond

Know the facts before you start shopping for a diamond.

The decision to buy a diamond is an important one. You want to make sure your investment will look beautiful for years to come and hold its value in the case you ever decide to sell or trade it in.

When it comes to shopping for a diamond, there are several important factors you should become familiar with. In the industry, they are commonly known as the four “Cs,” which stand for color, clarity, cut and carat weight.

These standards are globally accepted as a means for judging the quality and price of a diamond. Each of the “Cs” is judged based on a specific set of criteria. Galicia Fine Jewelers is a custom jewelry maker in Scottsdale and further explain the four “Cs.”


On a diamond chart, the color ranges from colorless to light. The closer a diamond is to being colorless, the more valuable it will be. The slight variations in color are so subtle, an untrained eye would be unable to tell the difference.


The clarity of a diamond is another important factor. Any internal characteristics are referred to as inclusions while external ones are known as blemishes. A flawless diamond is one that is free of inclusions and blemishes. Inclusions that are easily spotted at 10x magnification will lower the value and quality of a diamond by impacting the brilliance and transparency.


A quality cut is a hugely important factor. The cut of a diamond will determine how the stone interacts with light. That’s why quality cut diamonds provide a beautiful brilliance when light interacts with the stone. A diamond’s cut is rated on a scale from “excellent” to “poor” and will have an impact on the value.

Carat Weight

A metric “carat” is the standard by which diamonds are weighed. Simply put, a diamond that weighs more is worth more. The weight between carats is subdivided into parts of 100 to provide highly accurate weight measurements. For instance, a diamond with a weight of 1.09 would be one and nine-one-hundredths of a carat.

Visit Galicia to Learn More

Galicia Fine Jewelers offers great pricing on high quality, custom diamond jewelry. Visit the Scottsdale store today or call 480-421-9688 to speak with one of Galicia’s diamond experts.

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Company Name: Galicia Fine Jewelers
Contact Person: Lisa Garber
Phone: 480-421-9688
Address:15147 N. Scottsdale Road Suite H-145
City: Scottsdale
State: AZ
Country: United States