April 12, 2016
Diamond appraisal is the process of having a stone inspected by a trusted appraiser who determines the stone’s retail value. Appraisals are very helpful for insurance purposes. During the inspection, appraisers look at the 4 C’s (color, clarity, cut, and carat) of a diamond in order to formulate a value estimate.
All other qualities being equal (clarity, cut and carat), diamonds that possess absolutely no color are appraised most highly. This is because of their ability to act as a prism, reflecting all colors of the rainbow in light. A diamond’s color is determined during appraisal using a scale ranging from D to Z. A score of D indicates that a diamond is completely colorless while a Z-rated diamond contain ...