The Five C's
Cut, the most important C, is the craftsmanship that brings light into the stone. A poorly cut stone will diminish the diamond's brilliance. Hearne's loose diamonds are ideally cut to allow for maximum brilliance and fire natural to a good cut stone.
Diamonds with absolutely no color are very rare. Most stones contain a hint of color which is ranked on a scale from D to Z. Where D is colorless, Z gradually move towards a noticeable color of yellow or brown.
Clarity refers to the number and degree of inclusions that are naturally part of a diamond's formation. Inclusions can appear as dark spots or as crystal feathers or bubbles. Flawless diamonds are very rare. Inclusions are ranked on a scale by the ease of visibility. These inclusions range from flawless to imperfect.
Diamonds are measured in carat weight. A full carat equals 100 points. This weight system determines the size of the stone which impacts its value along with the color, cut, and clarity of the stone.
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