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What Determines the Value of a Diamond?

Time and time again people ask: “What determines the value of a diamond?”

The value of a diamond is determined by the 4C’s.

Diamonds are a miracle of time. No two are exactly alike. GIA developed an agreed-upon standard to judge diamonds. The Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.), created the first, and now globally accepted standard for describing diamonds: Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. As a result, the 4C’s of diamond quality is the most widely accepted method of determining the quality of a diamond, anywhere in the world.

As a result, the creation of the 4C’s meant two very important things: 1) Diamond quality could be communicated in a universal language. 2) Diamond customers could now know exactly what they were about to purchase. Having said that, seek out advice from a professional jeweler. A local jeweler will have your best interest in mind. It is to his advantage to properly educate you the customer about diamonds and other gemstones.

Determine what is relevant to you. Compare shop. Look at several diamonds in your price range. Afterwards, determine what is best for you and your pocket book. Other good resource’s are your family members and friends. They are always happy to share their experience’s with you – good and bad.

In conclusion, we suggest you learn more about choosing a diamond that is right for you.

I am always here for additional questions. Feel free to contact me at Or call as well – 512–231–8502.

Joseph R. Villarreal, Graduate Gemologist (G.I.A.)

Villarreal – “Designers of Exquisite Jewelry” Austin, TX

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