The 4 C's: What They Are & Why They Matter

By Taylor Morton

At ASHITA, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality in every aspect of our jewelry. To ensure this, all of our diamonds adhere to the highest quality standards and follow the 4 C‘s framework.

What exactly are the 4 C’s?

The 4 C’s stands for color, clarity, cut, and carat weight which are used to determine a diamond’s overall quality and value. 


Color is used to rate the colorlessness of diamonds. The more clear a diamond is, the higher the grade and thus value. Diamonds are graded by letter according to their color on a scale from D-Z.


Clarity refers to the amount of flaws on the surface of a diamond and how visible they are to the eye. These “blemishes” can be seen under magnification and affect a diamond's value.


The way a diamond sparkles and shines is due to its cut. Its many small surfaces allow light to be reflected. A diamond’s cut is classified as either “Shallow”, “Ideal,” or  “Deep”. An Ideal cut reflects all light that enters the diamond. Deep cut diamonds do not reflect light as well as the Ideal cut and appear dull. Shallow diamonds dont have the depth to reflect light properly, and as a result, light reflects out of the bottom of the stone. All diamonds used in ASHITA  pieces are “ideal” cut to enhance the brilliance of each diamond.

Carat Weight

Carat weight refers to the weight of a diamond. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams. While a diamond may have a high carat weight, this doesn't always mean it will have a high value. A higher carat diamond can have a worse cut and color than a smaller carat diamond making it worth less.

At ASHITA, we only use the highest quality. Our diamonds are “Ideal” in cut, graded  F-G meaning they are colorless, and are VS grade meaning that no impurities can found on our stones making for shiny and beautiful diamonds that perfectly compliment our bold vibrant pieces! In addition, all diamonds used for ASHITA pieces follow the Kimberley Process to ensure that they are conflict-free. 

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