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Choosing a Diamond
There is a lot to consider when choosing a diamond, with each decision impacting the diamond's sparkle, size and price. At Barsky Diamonds, we subscribe to GIA's 4C philosophy. The 4C's stand for:
Cut: It's important to know that "cut" doesn't mean shape. The cut refers to the reflective quality of the diamond, sometimes called "fire", "sparkle" or "brilliance" by the GIA. Typically cuts are represented as "Excellent", "Very Good" and "Good".
Clarity: Clarity represents the imperfections or blemishes in or on the diamond. Most flaws aren't visible to the naked eye and diamonds with the smallest imperfections achieve the highest scores. Below are the scores you'll see for diamonds:
FL, IF = Flawless and Internally Flawless – these diamonds are exceedingly rare and would command high prices
VVS1, VVS2 = Very Very Slightly Included – this type of imperfection is very difficult to see unless magnified at least 10x
VS1, VS2 = Very Slightly Included – not usually visible to the untrained eye
SI1, SI2 = Slightly Included – these imperfections are visible under 10x magnification
I1, I2, I3 = Included – these diamonds have imperfections which are visible to the eye. Barsky Diamonds does not sell or stock these diamonds.
Color: The color of a diamond determines its whiteness. Jeweler’s grade diamonds on a scale from D to Z with D being the highest possible color rating. Diamonds which are rated from D to I will show virtually no color to the untrained eye. Diamonds that are rated from J to M will have a very faint tinge of yellow to them.
Carat Weight: The carat of the diamond simply refers to its weight. One carat is equal to 2.0 grams. One carat is also made up of 100 points so if you want to purchase a ½ carat diamond then you would look for one with 50 points.
Buying From Barsky
Barsky Diamonds is a proud supporter of the Kimberly process and other organizations that help prevent the spread of conflict diamonds.
10-Day Money Back Guarantee Online
At Barsky Diamonds, you're guaranteed the best value in writing with our Best Value Promise. If you're not fully satisfied with your purchase just return the item within 10 days and we'll refund the full amount to you. Online purchases cannot be returned to a store. Please note that items showing signs of wear or those that have been altered, re-sized (by a jeweler other than Barsky Diamonds), or damaged in any way cannot be accepted for return. The following reasons will void the 10 day return policy:
If a diamond is set in a Semi-Mounting by anyone other than Barsky Diamonds
If the ring has been worn
Any special orders
Sized outside of Barsky Diamonds' recommended sizing parameters
Any head changes
Any product missing the original sales receipt is non-refundable and non-exchangeable
Custom made and or altered
Custom engraved items
Once we receive your returned item, it will be reviewed by our Quality Assurance department. Upon acceptance, your refund or new item will be processed. Returns with no Barsky Diamonds return authorization code and packages that are improperly packaged will be refused receipt.