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The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is an independent, international certification organization favored by Cartier for its impartial judgement in diamond selection. While the 4Cs (carat, color, clarity and cut) are excellent indications of the rarity of a diamond, they can never be used to determine the beauty of a stone. A large number of diamonds that conform to the 4Cs do not meet the selection criteria set out by Cartier. For this reason, each central stone is examined by one of our diamond experts, the only in-house specialists authorized to select Cartier diamonds. The diamond experts constitute an independent team at Cartier. They are gemologists who, in addition to their technical expertise, master the Cartier diamond selection criteria perfectly. This knowledge results from many years of experience, sensitivity and a genuine understanding of the high standards applied at Cartier. They possess that precious talent and that unique eye that enable them to select the diamonds that are worthy of gracing a Cartier jewelry creation. Stone after stone, from a 0.18 carat diamond to much larger gems, the diamond experts apply Cartier’s beauty criteria one by one. First, they evaluate the stone as a whole, examining its generous proportions, structure and the symmetry of its facets. They then meticulously consider its degree of finishing in relation to its cut, radiance and reflections. A Cartier diamond must play with light in a magnificent manner, thus creating a perfect balance between brilliance, fire and sparkle. Its unique color, varying from colorless to nuanced clarity, brings the stone’s splendor to life. The selection work carried out by the Cartier diamond experts guarantees the beauty of a stone, with its harmonious proportions and incomparable charm.
The unit of measurement of diamond weight is the carat; its name comes from the carob seed that was once used to weigh diamonds. The weight is a primary criteria in determining the price of a diamond. A carat corresponds to 0.20 g. Cartier offers diamond solitaires in a large range of carat sizes according to the setting.*
*Diamond solitaires GIA certified from 0.18 carats
Inclusions are natural characteristics in a diamond that define its quality. The clarity of a diamond depends on the number of inclusions, their size and their position. The clarity chart put into place by the GIA allows classification from IF (Internally flawless = no visible flaws even under a magnifying glass X10) to I3 (Imperfect, inclusions visible to the naked eye). Cartier diamonds are only selected between IF and VS2, which guarantees exceptional clarity and the absence of the slightest inclusion visible to the naked eye.*
*The diamonds presented in this catalog and the guarantees relative to the "4C" apply to round diamonds of over 0.18 carats.
A diamond is all the more exceptional if it is colorless. The color is rated by the GIA on a scale from D to Z in alphabetical order (D indicates an "exceptional white", Z denotes a "tinted color"). Cartier diamonds are selected exclusively from those rated D to H, meaning that they are all white in color. Their fluorescence is non-existent or faint.
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