Before you start shopping for a diamond, learn about the same grading characteristics used by jewelers. Known as the 4C's-cut, clarity, color, carat weight, they will help you make an intelligent choice when buying your diamond.

Cut refers not only to the shape of the diamond, but also its measurements and proportions. Learn about today's most popular diamond shapes and how cut affects their beauty.

Clarity refers to the rating of tiny imperfections that occur naturally inside diamonds. Learn how clarity is graded and how to choose the best clarity for you.

Diamonds are found in nature in a wide range of colors, from Colorless to Fancy. Learn how to select the best diamond color for your price range.

Diamonds are sold according to weight, which is measured in carats. See how deciding on carat weight is really about striking a balance between size and quality.