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What is
Diamond Cut?

A quality cut grade allows a diamond to express its natural sparkle and scintillation.

Cut refers to the quality of a diamond's proportions and symmetry. These angles allow the diamond to capture light and reflect it, producing sparkle. If a diamond's pavilion is too deep, for example, the center will be noticeably dark.

If you want a truly brilliant diamond, consider those with cut grades of Very Good or Ideal. The Ritani Reserve collection is comprised of the top 1% of diamonds worldwide.

Learn more about how cut affects a diamond’s sparkle.
Ideal Cut
Tremendous sparkle. Excellent polish and symmetry. See all ideal cut diamonds
*Ritani does not carry poor cut diamonds.

What is
Diamond Clarity?

The clarity grade is based on any tiny natural identifiers found within a diamond.

Most Ritani diamonds are free from inclusions that are visible without magnification. We recommend these diamonds for the best balance of quality and price.

The shape of a diamond can affect the importance of its clarity grade. While the brilliance facets patterns of round and princess-cut diamond can hide certain imperfections, step-cut shapes – such as emerald and asscher-cuts – have large, open tables. If you are searching for a step-cut diamond, we suggest looking at those with clarity grades of VS2 or higher.

See which diamond clarity grades are the most popular Learn about diamond inclusions
FL
Flawless. No imperfections on the surface, or inclusions within. These are the most rare of all clarity grades, and therefore extremely valuable.
See diamonds that are flawless
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Ritani does not offer
diamonds below an
SI2 clarity grade.

What is Diamond
Carat Weight?

Carat weight is a measure of a diamond's weight,
and a reflection of its size.

1 carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. Because carat is a record of a diamond's weight – not its size – two diamonds of slightly different sizes may have the same carat weight. A diamond's size is also dependent on how evenly its weight is distributed, and the quality of its cut. Some diamonds are cut to maximize carat weight, resulting in less sparkle. A balance of quality in carat and cut is therefore recommended.

For the best value, look at diamonds slightly lighter than the carat weight you initially want. For example, instead of 1-carat diamonds, consider 0.98 and 0.99-carat diamonds. The difference in size will be negligible, but savings here can be significant.

Explore the relationship between diamond cut and carat weight.

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What is
Diamond Color?

This grade refers to the 'whiteness' of a diamond, or its lack of color.

The less color within the diamond, the more rare and valuable it is likely to be. While D to F color grades are considered Colorless, an untrained eye could not easily spot color within G to I grades. If you are concerned about visible color, consider a yellow gold setting. This metal will neutralize warmer tones. Opting for a diamond with more color could allow you to invest more in a larger carat weight or quality cut grade.

See which diamond color grades are the most popular.
Colorless D
No color. Appears completely clear under 10x magnification. Recommended paired with platinum, white gold or palladium. These metals emphasize the lack of color. See all Colorless D diamonds
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Ritani does not offer diamonds below an L color grade

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Written by Paul Meiterman, Gemologist at Ritani

Paul Meiterman G.G., A.J.P., C.G. (Graduate Gemologist, Accredited Jewelry Professional, Certified Gemologist American Gem Society) is the Chief Gemologist at Ritani. With over 15 years of experience, he worked in the GIA laboratory as Quality Assurance Gemologist and now works in our factory alongside the top cutters, balancing out size, clarity and proportions for maximum beauty and value, making sure to bring out the best in every diamond.

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