The word alone conjures up a thousand images: rare, precious, desirable, beautiful, sparking tokens of love... Created deep within the core of the earth more than 3 billion years ago and brought to the surface by volcanic eruption, most of the diamonds sparkling on fingers today are more than 100 million years old!

 

The 4 C's

The value of a diamond is traditionally assessed by looking at four main qualities, generally referred to as the four C’s – cut, clarity, color and carat weight. HermansCreations's associates and graduate gemologists are trained to help you find the most beautiful diamond available within your budget. All of our diamonds are independently certified to guarantee their quality and to ensure that you know exactly what you are buying.

 

Cut of a Diamond


Diamonds are created by nature, but their beauty must be released by talented diamond cutters. Often misunderstood, the cut of a diamond does not refer to the shape of a diamond. Cut actually refers to the number of facets and their proportion to the overall diamond

 

 

The cut, or make, of a diamond will dramatically influence its fire and brilliance. It is the cut that enables a diamond to make the best use of light. When a diamond is cut to proper proportions, light is reflected from one facet to another and then dispersed through the crown, or top of the diamond. If the cut of the diamond is too deep, some light escapes through the opposite side of the pavilion, or bottom. If the cut of the diamond is too shallow, light escapes through the pavilion, before it can be reflected.

 

When a diamond is cut to proper proportions, light is reflected from one facet to another and then dispersed through the crown, or top of the diamond.

If the cut of the diamond is too deep, some light escapes through the opposite side of the pavilion, or bottom.

If the cut of the diamond is too shallow, light escapes through the pavilion, or bottom, before it can be reflected.
 

 

Color


Although the majority of gem diamonds appear to be colorless, others can contain increasing tinges of yellow or brown, some of which are referred to as "champagne diamonds." Totally colorless diamonds allow white light to pass effortlessly and be dispersed as rainbows of color. Rare diamonds of exceptional color - green, red, blue, pink or amber - are known as "Fancies."

 

The difference between one grade and another is very subtle, as can be seen by the number of grades within any one category.

Clarity


Almost all diamonds contain tiny traces of non-crystallized carbon or small non-diamond crystals. Most are not discernible to the naked eye and require magnification to become visible. Called inclusions, they are nature's fingerprint and make every diamond unique. Minuscule inclusions neither mar its beauty nor endanger its beauty; however, the fewer there are, the rarer the diamond is.

 

FL-IF: No inclusions visible under 10X magnification.
VVS: Inclusions are minute and extremely difficult to locate under 10X magnification.
VS: Inclusions are very minor and difficult to locate under 10X magnification.
SI: Inclusions are noticeable and locatable under 10X magnification.
I: Inclusions are easy to view under 10X magnification and may be visible to the naked eye.

 Carat Weight
The size of your diamond is determined by its carat weight. The word ‘carat’ originated in a natural unit of weight – the seeds of the Carob tree. Diamonds were traditionally weighted against these seeds until the system was standardized and one carat was fixed at 0.2 grams. Just as 100 pennies comprise one dollar, so do 100 “points” comprise one carat. The more points in a diamond, the larger it is. It is important to note, however, that the price of a diamond is determined based on a formula including the overall quality (cut, clarity, color and carat weight).

 

 

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Herman's Creations Jewelers East Inc.
21700 Greenfield. - Suite 324 - Oak Park, MI 48237 28885 Gratiot Ave. - Roseville, MI 48066
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