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The Four C's of Diamonds

Bucherer Fine Jewellery carefully selects every diamond based on the four most important C's: Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat.

Bucherer Fine Jewellery carefully selects every diamond based on the four most important C's: Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat.
At the forefront of fine jewelry craftsmanship since 1888, Bucherer Fine Jewellery strives to set the highest of standards for all of its refined styles and gemstones. Whether in selecting the most prestigious of precious materials, or displaying creative flair and finish, the legendary artisans of Bucherer Fine Jewellery approach each piece with expertise, carefully selecting each stone and material to deliver the very best of modern beauty. The jeweler curates the highest quality components to produce exquisite pieces. And no stone has a higher set of standards than diamonds.

A powerful stone revered for its radiance, strength and beauty, the diamond is distinguished on a scale of four C's, each a cornerstone to creating the perfect object of desire. Many of us only consider one of these C's, carat, or the size of a diamond when selecting a new piece of jewelry. However, a stone’s quality is determined by all four of these elements considered as one.

Fine Diamonds

Cutting-Edge Craftsmanship: The Cut of Fine Diamonds

Considered by many to be the most important of the four C's, the cut is directly related to the radiance of the stone. The right cut releases a diamond’s inner sparkle. Bucherer Fine Jewellery’s experts determine a perfect cut by the natural shape of the raw diamond, working to transform that raw material into a wearable work of art.

Once cut, the diamond unlocks its inherent brilliance, effortlessly catching and reflecting light in a display of flawless craftsmanship. Each stone in the Bucherer Fine Jewellery collection must meet our outstanding requirements to guarantee the most optimal light reflection, thus ensuring the perfect match between diamond and jewelry.

Sparkling Diamonds

Clarity Made Clear: The Purity of Sparkling Diamonds

Clarity is what sets diamonds apart from all others. Bucherer Fine Jewellery understands that diamonds can achieve exceptional levels of sparkle like no other gemstone. Taking into consideration the rarity and purity of a piece, a diamond’s clarity is an assessment of any imperfections within the stone. These imperfections, also referred to as inclusions, dictate the ways in which a diamond reflects light, directly impacting its ability to shine. The more pure and free of inclusions a stone is, the higher its level of clarity.

Diamond clarity is determined on a scale of six categories: Flawless (FL) at the top of the scale meaning that there are no blemishes visible under 10x magnification, down to Included (I1, I2 and I3) and the bottom of the scale meaning that obvious inclusions may affect transparency and brilliance.

Bucherer Fine Jewellery accepts no stone below SI1, or Slightly Included, to ensure every grade delivers the ultimate clarity. The diamonds of this level of clarity are either without flaws, or with very minimal flaws, resulting in a perfect shine and impeccable radiance.

The Natural Hue of A Brilliant Stone

The Color Scale: The Natural Hue of A Brilliant Stone

Though we often think of diamonds as colorless, many in fact have a yellowish tint. A diamond’s color is determined by the natural hue of a stone, and the less color a stone has, the rarer and more desirable that diamond becomes. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond is devoid of all color.

Experts measure color against a scale ranging from letters D to Z, depicting a gradient from the finest white (D) to its lesser valued yellow shaded counterparts (Z).

Understanding Diamond Carats

The Weight of Luxury: Understanding Diamond Carats

The most commonly considered aspect of a diamond, the carat equates to the stone’s overall size. More directly, carat refers to the weight of a diamond. One carat is equivalent to 0.2 grams. However, carat alone does not determine the value of a stone. If the three other C's were all equal in two diamonds of varying sizes, the value would increase with carat weight because larger diamonds are rarer and therefore more desirable. Two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different values, based on these other principles. For this reason, Bucherer Fine Jewellery always considers clarity, color and cut along with carat weight before a diamond’s worth can be determined.

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