Diamond Jewelry Valued For More Than the 4 C’s

Media / Blog

Diamond Jewelry Valued For More Than the 4 C’s


Is The Best Gift For A New Baby A Domain Name?

March 26, 2015

People are flocking to jewelry stores around the country to buy that special someone something that sparkles. So what makes one diamond more valuable than another? Ask any diamond and jewelry professional, and they will tell you the factors that influence the value of diamonds are much more complicated than the commonly referred to 4 c’s: Clarity, Color, Cut, and Carat Weight.

But, the 4 c’s are really just the beginning of the factors that make up the value of a diamond. I call the remaining considerations ‘Characteristics,’ making a fifth c if you will. Characteristics include any properties that may affect the overall value of the stone, such as the construction of the diamond, the nature of imperfections, as well as natural or man made characteristics.

  • Proper Ratio of Depth and Table Percentages – Depth and table percentages will affect the value of a diamond because they are an indication of a well-proportioned stone. If a depth percentage is too big or small, it can change the amount of light reflected back to the human eye. Table percentages act in very much the same way. If a table percentage is too large, light will not reflect well. If a table percentage is too small, the diamond will appear smaller than its weight.
  • Fluorescence – Fluorescence has become a big factor when valuing a diamond.  Stones showing medium fluorescence are discounted, and those with strong or very strong blue fluorescence are discounted to a much larger extent.
  • Graining – Diamonds are grown and occur in nature. In some diamonds, the presence of graining can affect the light reflection from the stone and give the diamond a hazy and cloudy look.
  • The Girdle – The girdle is the waist of the stone. It forms the border between the top and bottom of the diamond. When buying a diamond, ideally one would want to stay away from the term “very” when describing the girdle.
  • Carat Weight – I advise all my clients to avoid buying a diamond that has an even carat weight of .00. If a diamond with an even carat of weight of say 2.00 is bruised or chipped, in order to repair it, the diamond would weigh in at a lower weight category. The weight change from 2.00 carats to 1.99 can have a tremendous affect on the value of the diamond.
  • The Bottom of the Diamond – The culet or bottom of the diamond can also affect its look and value. The ideal measurement of a culet is none or the absence of the culet.
  • The Proportion – The proportion of the diamond is also very important. Round diamonds should be as close to a perfect circle as they can be. Emerald cuts should be symmetrical; ovals, marquise and pear shapes should be graceful.

The 4 c’s are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to diamond knowledge. So when you’re buying a diamond this Valentine’s Day, keep in mind that various aspects of a diamond can affect appearance, beauty and value, whether the diamond is being purchased or sold.

I often explain to my clients the many factors that affect the value of their diamond. Our purpose is to get our clients the best possible price for their jewelry, but also to answer all of their questions and guide them through the process to make it as seamless as possible.

Written By:
Andrew Fabrikant

Andrew Fabrikant, Partner of Andrew & Peter Fabrikant, a nationwide leader in diamond and estate jewelry buying, specializes in signed and unsigned estate jewelry (pre-owned jewelry), diamonds, watches, gold and other fine jewelry from anywhere in the United States. With four generations and more than 100 years in the jewelry trade, they have an established name of assessing each item of jewelry not only for its intrinsic worth, but its aesthetic value, its market desirability and history. Andrew & Peter Fabrikant will guarantee any and all purchases for quality and price. For more information call 1-800-570-Gems or visit http://fabon5th.com.

Diamond Prices: Ultimate Guide to Best Value


Don’t Get Social With Your Social Security Number

Sign Up

Sign up for our exclusive Sunday Paper with a weekly market commentary, insightful personal finance blogs, and life changing education guides.

Email sign up

Securities offered through Kestra Investment Services, LLC (Kestra IS), member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Kestra Advisory Services, LLC (Kestra AS), an affiliate of Kestra IS. oXYGen Financial is not affiliated with Kestra IS or Kestra AS. Kestra IS and Kestra AS do not provide tax or legal advice.

This site is published for residents of the United States only. Registered Representatives of Kestra IS and Investment Advisor Representatives of Kestra AS may only conduct business with residents of the states and jurisdictions in which they are properly registered. Therefore, a response to a request for information may be delayed. Not all products and services referenced on this site are available in every state and through every representative or advisor listed. For additional information, please contact Kestra IS Compliance Department at 844-553-7872.

PLEASE NOTE: The information being provided is strictly as a courtesy. When you link to any of the web sites provided here, you are leaving this web site. Kestra IS and Kestra AS makes no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at these web sites. Nor is Kestra IS and Kestra AS liable for any direct or indirect technical or system issues or any consequences arising out of your access to or your use of third-party technologies, web sites, information and programs made available through this web site. When you access one of these web sites, you are leaving our web site and assume total responsibility and risk for your use of the web sites you are linking to.