Evaluating the Agape Simulated Diamond - The 4 C’s of a Diamonds Brilliance

Clarity - The Difference Between Flawless, Imperfect, & VS1 Diamonds

In the world of diamonds, how perfect the clarity of the stone is, also makes a big difference in its value and cost. From flawless to imperfect this rating is based upon the number of inclusions in the gem. The Clarity rating system denotes how much “sparkle” or “fire” each gem produces and are marked as FL for flawless, IF or internally flawed, or the very rare – VVS1 which are considered most excellent in quality.

The definition of a “flawless” diamond is one that under a jeweler’s magnification of 10xs, no external or internal imperfections can be seen. Those with the least amount of blemishes or flaws, become the most highly prized and the most expensive.

Buying from Agape has a tremendous advantage over buying an earth-mined stone because each one is carefully crafted to be nearly flawless in every way.

An engagement ring of this caliber, if it had natural diamonds, could cost thousands upon thousands of dollars but for a simulated diamond engagement ring, the price is usually under $2,000 and it has  almost the same clarity and radiance of a natural diamond without the hefty price tag to the earth, its people or your wallet.

Color - How it Effects a Diamonds Rarity

The color of a diamond is an alphabetical grading system that goes from D to Z. Ranging from absolutely colorless (D color) which is the most preferred, all the way down to colors that can be quite gray. Colorless diamonds are truly devoid of any hues and they are also known as “white diamonds”. Because Color is highly valued, the less color a diamond has, the more valuable it is.

While most natural diamonds attribute their colored hues to imperfections within the stone, simulated diamonds are made without any flaws.

Carat - The Weight of the Diamond

When you hear term Carat, people tend to think in terms of size but actually it is a matter of weight. Carat is the unit of weight for a diamond. Larger diamonds in their natural state are much rarer than smaller ones, so they have a much higher price tag.

Cut - The Art of a Skilled Gemstone Cutter

In the jewelry industry, the Ideal Cut was first developed in 1919 by Marcel Tolkowsky, a Belgian diamond cutter. Less than 15% of all diamonds reach the Ideal Cut Standard. However a diamond can be cut to look bigger or smaller than it actually is. That’s part of the magic in the hands of a skilled cutter.

The faceting and polishing is one of the most crucial aspects of the stone and here is where you can get different qualities of stones with the same clarity, color and carat weight. The fluorescence, fire and sparkle of the stone can only be achieve by the amount of light that refracts from within the stone and this can only be achieved by the faceting and polishing of the stone. All Agape Simulated Diamonds are cut to ideal proportions and they come a written lifetime warranty that if they will ever fade and loose their brilliance, Agape Diamonds will replace it free of charge.