Just like snowflakes, no two diamonds are ever exactly the same, and the differences between stones have important implications for style as well as price. After the process of cleaving, cutting, and polishing, the newly faceted diamond will often end up in a laboratory, like GIA, where graduate gemologists will assign the stone grades based on the 4Cs (color, clarity, carat weight, and cut).

In reality though, diamonds are much more than the sum of the 4Cs. Diamond experts talk among themselves of a stone’s fire, scintillation, and brilliance, which give the stone a certain quality or “life” beyond the grading rubric. At Ledeen Diamond Company, we pride ourselves on using only those stones that transcend the 4Cs and deliver that “wow” factor we’re all looking for.

Begin your diamond education here by clicking on the diamonds above to learn more about each diamond shape or below to use our GIA 4Cs app