Diamond Anatomy

No two diamonds are exactly alike and as the hardest gemstone on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, scoring a 10, a diamond’s durability is unsurpassed.

The characteristics that identify them are known as the 4 Cs – cut, color, clarity and carat. The 4 Cs is a universally recognized method of diamond grading, created by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), to standardize the classification of diamond quality.

Below is the anatomy of a diamond to help you understand the terminology that describes a diamond’s characteristics.

anatomy of a diamond

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