Selecting the right diamond is a very emotional decision...however, understanding what you want and the basics like the 4 C's, can only help you make the best choice.

Knowing what shape you want — from classic round to a fancier shape of an emerald or marquis cut, knowing what makes each different shape the best is what you need to know.

Understand how a the raw diamond shape dictates with the section on Manufacturing a Diamond, and learn what goes into the cutting of a stone in the Cutting Process. And finally, learn about the all important 4 C's and "What makes a diamond sparkle?" so you can find the right diamond for you.

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