Diamond Buying Guide

Color, Clarity and All that Jazz

Well, we know why you’re here. You want the best in life, and that’s what we want for you, too. When it comes to buying diamonds, you shouldn’t ever settle, or stress! So just sit back with a glass of wine, and let us walk you through the four Cs of a diamond, along with the promise of two more Cs – comprehensive yet concise.

Back to the Basics - The 4 Cs of a Diamond

1. Cut:

Let’s cut to the chase :). We believe the cut is the most important aspect of choosing a diamond. It's basically what determines the proportion, symmetry and polish of a diamond. The better the craftsmanship on the cut, the more gorgeous the diamond. The right cut will enhance the sparkle and the scintillation of the diamond. The better the cut the more likely your diamond is to sparkle bright, like glitter. We’re here to make sure that you get the best diamond, so you can totally leave that to us.

The CaratLane Recommendation: Cut: Good

CaratLane Hint:

Invest in the cut. It’s the ultimate diamond hack (you’ll not find it in the books). A beautifully cut diamond can make the color and clarity appear better than they are. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone ;)

Excellent - Excellent
Very Good - Very Good
Good - Good
Fair - Fair
Poor - Poor

CaratLane Recommended : Good

2. Clarity

When light passes through a diamond, it bounces back, resulting in the diamond to sparkle! Diamonds have imperfections in the form of spots and blemishes. The more imperfections, the more difficult it is for light to pass through, thereby reducing the sparkle. :(

If you’re lost in this info, here’s all you need to remember:

Lesser imperfection and inclusions  = Better clarity

CaratLane Hint:

If you’re buying a diamond that’s under a carat, don’t obsess over the flaws because they aren’t really visible to an untrained eye. It’s better to invest in the cut, and roll with it!

FL - Flawless Flawless diamonds have no inclusions or blemishes detectable under 10x magnification, and are extremely rare.
IF - Internally Flawless Internally Flawless diamonds have no inclusions and only blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10x magnification.
VVS1/VVS2 - Very, Very Slightly Included Very, Very Slightly Included diamonds have minute inclusions that range from extremely difficult to very difficult to see are visible to a skilled grader using 10x magnification.
VS1/VS2 - Very Slightly Included Very Slightly Included diamonds have minor inclusions that range from difficult to somewhat easy to see are visible to a skilled grader using 10x magnification.
S1/S2 - Slightly Included Slightly Included diamonds have noticeable inclusions that range from easy to very easy to see are visible to a skilled grader using 10x magnification.
I1/I2/I3 - Included Included diamonds have obvious inclusions that are visible to a skilled grader using 10x magnification and may affect transparency and brilliance.

CaratLane Recommended : I1-I2-I3

3. Colour

Ironically, the best color for a diamond would be ‘colorless’. The colors range from D (colorless) and go all the way to Z (light yellow color).

To be honest, the color difference in diamonds is quite subtle to an untrained eye. Nevertheless, they do create a difference in the price and quality of the diamond. Bottom line is, colorless diamonds are the most precious! :)

The CaratLane Recommendation: HI, J

CaratLane Hint:

You should pick a mount that’ll enhance the beauty of your diamond. If you pick a slightly yellow-colored diamond, you can pair it with a white gold band. The white gold will complement the yellow hue of your diamond, and they won’t clash with each other!

D - Colorless
E - Colorless
F - Colorless
G-J - Near Colorless
K-M - Faint
N-R - Very Light
S-Z - Light

CaratLane Recommended : Good

4. Carat

A carat (not karat or worse, carrot) is measured based on the weight of the diamond. Two diamonds of equal carat will have different prices, depending on the other 3 Cs you go with. It's quite simple, really. Your ideal carat depends on: How big you want your stone and obviously, your budget.

The CaratLane Recommendation: As big as you want!

CaratLane Hint:

Save big bucks by picking a 0.90 carat over a 1 carat diamond. Thank us later :D

CaratLane Recommended : As big as you want!

Shop by Diamond Shapes








Shape refers to the overall outline of the diamond when viewed from the top and that determines the price as well. The most expensive shape is the round diamond. That’s because they are best at reflecting light and shine like there’s no tomorrow! Although the choice of the shape mostly depends on your personal style, a princess, cushion or heart cut is what we would recommend if your diamond is bigger than 1 carat.

Diamond Grading

  • Say Hello to Halo! It makes the centre stone look bigger and works as a protective shield as well Go fancy with cushion and emerald cuts.
  • They’re usually priced lower and make ‘em eyes pop, too!
  • Pick a diamond with an ‘excellent’ or ‘ideal’ cut and nothing less than that Although the round is the most expensive cut, it hides the imperfections and the yellowish colour in the best way. It’s like a realllly good concealer ;)

3. Certifications

The Certification is basically your diamond’s birth certificate. All our solitaire diamonds are meticulously analyzed and graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Hoge Raadvoor Diamant (HRD) & the IGI, the most trusted (and known) labs in the world.

How to Care for Your Diamond:

  • Soft cushion boxes to the rescue! Always use ‘em to store your diamonds
  • Warm water + mild soap = Sparkling Jewelry
  • Save your diamonds, don’t wear them while you’re sweating it out