The birthstone of April is also the most celebrated gemstone in Western culture. The first thing you will come across when researching diamonds is the 4C's: carat, color, clarity, and cut. A diamond is graded by each of these criteria and it is a combined scale of each of these that determines the value of the diamond. Focusing on just one of these traits is a mistake: a diamond could have a high carat weight and still be inferior to a smaller diamond with better clarity, color, and cut. When choosing your diamond its best to find the right balance for you, your ring, and your style. At Michael C. Fina we choose diamonds that have a balance of each; clear diamonds that are properly proportioned and beautifully cut. To learn more about the 4C's, check out our YES! book.