Love diamonds? Learn the Five Cs

Time for a precious lesson

( Let's cash in a reality check first: The closest some of us will ever get to a diamond is through a peel...and maybe not even that, because there's the option of just having an adventure in El Nido instead.


But in case you're up for something indulgent, jewelry could be a worthwhile investment. For My Diamond's brand ambassador Kris Aquino, every important occasion calls for that something extra special. "A diamond has to be a true expression of love, or pinagtrabahuhan mo for it to mean anything to you, or for it to last," she says. Your favorite celebrities indirectly concur, what with the collection of bling we've seen in the parade of engagements and weddings last year. 


Since they don't come cheap (no, that's not the first C), we figured it would be a good idea to know what to look for if or when you make the purchase (for yourself or for the one you love). Here are the five Cs you need to keep in mind:





Diamonds that are as clear as a drop of water or nearly colorless have greater value as compared to those that are slightly colored. They're measured using a letter scale: D to F colored diamonds are colorless, G to J are nearly colorless, K to M are slightly colored, and N to Y diamonds are yellowish or brownish.



Not to be mistaken as the shape, the way the diamond is cut is responsible for how much light it can reflect—in other words, it plays a big role on the stone's brilliance. The shape, however, is more of a personal preference. So subtly try to get your lady to say what kind of shape she prefers: round, princess, emerald, asscher, oval, marquise, pear, radiant, cushion, or heart.

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When a diamond's grade is "Flawless," it means that its clarity is nearly perfect. Diamonds have their own natural formation and may have internal defects which are referred to as "inclusions," and blemishes that are on the surface. In which case, the diamonds are graded as "Included." Request for a loupe (a small maginfiying glass) so you won't miss these details.



Probably the most popular term when picking out a diamond, the carat refers to the mass of the stone, with one carat weighing 200 mg. This is when your budget steps in—when carat increases, the price also increases. But always remember: Size doesn't always matter. A smaller stone that's nearly perfect is better and more valuable than a bigger one with lots of imperfections. We're just saying.




To really make sure that the stone you're picking out is the best for someone who deserves no less, a certified stone is recommended—these stones are evaluated by qualified gemologists, so you can be sure that you're getting a diamond that's of the finest quality.


(P.S. The sixth C is cash. Make sure you have it. That or "credit.")

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