Loose Diamonds

Written by Jill Morrison
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Loose diamonds are single diamonds that have not yet been set in a ring or another piece of jewelry. They are available in a variety of cuts, shapes, and sizes. After you have chosen a loose diamond that appeals to you, you can have it set into any piece of jewelry. Most people will set a loose diamond in an engagement ring setting.

Choosing Loose Diamonds

There are a variety of shapes to choose from for purchases of loose diamonds. Some popular shapes include round, pear, emerald, princess, and radiant cuts. You can also choose from oval, marquise, heart, asscher and triangle cut diamonds. After you have decided on a shape of diamond, you must look for the Four Cs of diamond quality before making a purchase.

The Four Cs of diamond quality are cut, clarity, carat, and color. They are used to determine the rarity of different loose diamonds. Diamonds with the highest combination of Four C ratings are the most rare and expensive types of diamonds. You may want to decide which of the Four Cs is most important to you and choose a loose diamond accordingly.

The first C in diamond quality is cut and it refers to the proportions and angles of a diamond. The clarity rating is based on the presence of inclusions, such as fractures or minerals, in a diamond. Diamonds with fewer inclusions are more valuable than diamonds with inclusions. Carat ratings refer to the weight of a diamond. Finally, color shows how close a diamond is to being colorless.

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