What is the Most Important Four C’s to Consider?

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When shopping for a diamond, most people know about the important characteristics to look for—the infamous four C’s (Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight). But do you know what is the most important of the four to consider? Many debate over which of the four is the most important. However, based on years of experience in the jewelry industry, I have seen that a majority of consumers prefer size as their first choice when shopping for a loose diamond. If size is the most vital to you, then the most important of the four C’s would be carat weight. The carat is the unit of measurement for the size and weight of a diamond. Since the rarity of a diamond increases substantially with increasing carat weight, the value and therefore price of the diamond also tend to increase exponentially with increasing weight.
For instance, a 0.90 carat round GIA certified diamond with moderately high quality (G color, SI2 clarity) would cost around $5,900 retail. And to get a stone with the same specifications, but in a larger carat weight at just a little over 1.00 carat would cost around $7,500 retail (Please Note: Prices are subject to change with the market). That’s quite the big monetary difference for about 0.10 carat of an increase isn’t it? Diamond prices increase drastically through carat weight increments. For example, prices can fluctuate from a 0.50 carat to a 1.00 carat. Or from a 1.00 carat to a 1.25 carat. But by just choosing a diamond that is a 1.06 carat would not have as much of a significant price difference from a 1.00 carat.

At INTA Gems, we contain an extensive selection of diamonds ranging in different carat weights as well as color, clarity, and cut. For more information or to make an appointment to look at diamonds, please contact us at 213-689-9650. essential attribute to consider, but it mainly comes down to one’s own personal preference. Some prefer a larger size versus the diamond color/clarity. And all four factors are taken into account for the overall pricing of a diamond. With each increase in size and quality, there is an increase in pricing. It is best to stay balanced with each of the four traits and tailor them in accordance to your budget.
Furthermore, you must keep in mind, that the larger the surface area/size, the more apparent the internal characteristics are to the naked eye (i.e. clarity, color, or cut). This is why I highly recommend finding the right balance among the four.
INTA Gems & Diamonds carries a wide selection of GIA Diamonds and EGL Diamonds for you to choose from.

Christie & Ryan @ INTA

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Congratulations Christie and Ryan!
Ryan’s grandfather’s ring supplied the beautiful and meaningful family diamond for Christie’s gorgeous new engagement ring from INTA. We are so happy for both of them!


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Last night Miss California USA, Alyssa Campanella, won the title of Miss USA. The pageant was held at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas. It has been a pleasure for us to have worked as the Official Crown Jeweler of Miss California USA. We wish her all the best in New York as she pursues her next title as Miss Universe.
We would also congratulate Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, Co-Executive Directors of the Miss California USA Organization for all their hard work with Alyssa’s win. They are the absolute best directors in the Miss Universe/Miss USA/ Miss Teen USA system.
Alyssa crowned Miss California USA earlier this year; Alyssa with Inta Gems owner, Jerry Young.

Alyssa crowned Miss USA June 19, 2011.

Ferry & Miki @ INTA

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Today a lovely couple came to see us all the way from Holland, Netherlands! This great couple have been going on a road trip here in the states. We are so happy they chose INTA Gems for their diamond engagement ring. They chose a beautiful diamond solitaire engagement ring crafted from 14K white gold. We are so happy for them and wish them the best of luck!

JCK Las Vegas

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Come check out the upcoming JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Show that will take place June 3-6 2011 at Mandalay Bay! Our company, INTA Gems & Diamonds will be attending and checking out all the latest new jewelry styles!

JCK Las Vegas is the biggest jewelry show for those in the jewelry industry. Where all jewelry vendors in the US come together to showcase and check out jewelry and gemstones.

Francia Raisa Shines in INTA Gems

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Francia Raisa, actress in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, glows in a stunning custom designed INTA Gems ruby and diamond chandelier earrings along with a diamond fashion cocktail ring and matching bracelet. The gorgeous jewelry designs were made by our very own Peter Young of INTA Gems & Diamonds. Complimenting her ruby and diamond jewelry was a red gown designed by Tadashi Shoji.

Francia Raisa wore these gorgeous one of a kind pieces to the 2011 Gracie Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in Beverly Hills, CA. The 22-year-old actress didn’t leave empty-handed, nabbing an award for Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series or Special for her dramatic role in the upcoming episode. Congrats Francia! You looked stunning and we wish you all the best!!!