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Bridal | 4 Cs of Diamonds

4 Cs of Diamonds

Ahee is honored to help clients select their ideal keepsake. Their GIA Graduate Gemologists only choose diamonds that meet the strictest of standards.

Ahee Diamonds are GIA Certified

The Ahee Family is honored to help clients select their ideal keepsake. Our GIA Graduate Gemologists only choose diamonds that meet Ahee’s strictest standards. Nearly all of our diamonds are independently certified by the Gemological Institute of America, the world's most recognized diamond organization, which assures the integrity of your precious stone. In fact, Ahee has a partnership with one of the largest diamond suppliers in the world, who operates their own diamond facility in Antwerp, Belgium, the diamond capital of the world. This partnership allows us to offer you a dazzling array of sizes, shapes and qualities at values that are extraordinary.

The Ahee Family shares a passion for diamonds and jewelry and an appreciation for our customers, just as Edmund T. Ahee, Sr. initiated in 1947.

Diamond Terminology

Every diamond is unique. In the 1940s, in order to clarify the uniqueness of each and every diamond, the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) established the “4Cs” – Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Weight - and the International Diamond Grading System™. This grading system continues to be the worldwide standard for evaluating diamond quality.


Nature determines color, clarity and carat weight in a rough diamond, but it is the hands of a master craftsman that release its brilliance, sparkle and fire. The cut refers to the angles and proportions of a diamond. Based on scientific formulas, a “well cut” diamond will internally reflect light from one mirror-like facet to another and disperse and reflect it through the top of the stone. Diamonds that are cut too deep or too shallow lose or leak light through the side or bottom, resulting in less brilliance and value. To release a diamond’s dazzling radiance, it must be well cut.


Nearly all diamonds have inclusions. Inclusions are natural identifying characteristics, such as minerals or fractures, that appear while diamonds are formed in the earth. To view inclusions, jewelers use a 10x magnifying loupe. To view inclusions, jewelers use a 10x magnifying loupe. Inclusions are ranked on a scale of perfection, known as clarity.


Diamonds all have subtle differences in shade. The rarest stones have no color in the body and are termed "colorless." Most near-colorless diamonds, when viewed alone, appear very similar to colorless diamonds. Color is best determined by comparing one diamond to other diamonds on the GIA pre-determined scale.

Carat Weight

The carat weight of a diamond is simply its weight as measured on a scale. One carat is equivalent to 1/5 gram. Points are equivalent to 1/100 of a carat. Thus, 1/2 carat diamond weighs 50 points or .50 carats. Diamonds of equal carat weight may vary significantly in brilliance depending on the symmetry and cut. Diamonds get exponentially greater in cost as they get larger since larger diamonds are found less frequently in nature. Therefore, a two-carat diamond would cost more than twice as much as a one-carat diamond of equal quality.

Diamond Shapes

The shape of a diamond is purely a reflection of your taste and style. In addition to the pictured cuts, Ahee Jewelers offers the Blaze Cut diamond, an exclusive cut of jewelry designer Bez Ambar.