4 C's of Diamonds
Ahee Jewelers superior diamond standards are an important part of our promise to you.
Bridal | 4 C's of Diamonds
The Ahee family is honored to help clients select their ideal keepsake. Their GIA Graduate Gemologists only choose diamonds that meet the strictest standards of the Ahee's. Nearly all of their diamonds are independently certified by the Gemological Institute of America, the world's most recognized diamond organization. This assures the integrity of your precious stone. In fact, Ahee's has a partnership with one of the largest diamond suppliers in the world. They operate their own diamond facility in Antwerp, Belgium, the diamond capital of the world. This permits them to offer you a dazzling array of sizes, shapes, and qualities. And the values are extraordinary.
Nature determines color, clarity, and carat weight in a rough diamond, but it is the hands of a master-craftsman that release its brilliance, sparkle, and fire. The cut refers to the angles and proportions of a diamond. Based on scientific formulas, a "well-cut" diamond will internally reflect light from one mirror-like facet to another and disperse and reflect it through the top of the stone. Diamonds that are cut too deep or too shallow lose or leak light through the side or bottom resulting in less brilliance and value. To release a diamond's dazzling radiance, it must be well cut.
Nearly all diamonds have inclusions. Inclusions are natural identifying characteristics, such as minerals or fractures, that appear while diamonds are formed in the earth. To view inclusions, jewelers use a 10x magnifying loupe. Inclusions are ranked on a scale of perfection known as clarity which was established by the Gemological Institute of America.
Diamonds all have subtle differences in shade. The rarest stones have no color in the body and are termed "colorless." Most near-colorless diamonds, when viewed alone, appear very similar to colorless diamonds. Color is best determined by comparing one diamond to other diamonds on a pre-determined scale developed by GIA.
The Carat weight of a diamond is simply its weight as measured on a scale. One carat is equivalent to 1/5 gram. Points are equivalent to 1/100 of a carat. Thus, 1/2 carat diamond weighs 50 points or .50 carats. Diamonds of equal carat weight may vary significantly in brilliance depending on the symmetry and cut. Diamonds get exponentially greater in cost as they get larger since larger diamonds are found less frequently in nature. Therefore, a two-carat diamond would cost more than twice as much as a one-carat diamond of equal quality.
The shape of a diamond is purely a reflection of your taste and style.