Carat refers to the overall weight of the diamond. Just as a diamond contains 100 pennies, each carat consists of 100 points. For example, a 75 point diamond will weigh 0.75 carats. 


The cut of a diamond determines about 50% of the value as well as how much the diamond sparkles. The cut grades range from good being the lowest quality to Ideal being the highest quality. See the visual below that shows you the grading scale as well as the blue arrows which represents the light that goes within the diamond and based on how this is cut this will determine if the light bounces back out of the top which is what generates sparkle or for the lower cut grades this light is wasted and leaked out the side. Feel confident in knowing every Rare and Forever diamond goes through a process and must meet the standard of being Very Good to Excellent cut or above.


The clarity refers to the existence and visual appearance of internal characteristics within a diamond. Every characteristic will appear different in terms of size, the color of the inclusion, and if this being visible or not. The most important part of choosing a diamond is to visually see this in person and make sure the grading done is accurate and meets your needs. With the Rare and Forever diamond we hand select each diamond prior to sending to the laboratory and make sure we can stand behind that we are the world’s most consistently and accurately graded diamond.


Color is one C which you will be able to see for the life of the diamond 365 days a year. Interestingly, the diamond color evaluation done on most gem quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. Below is a chart which represents the range of diamond colors. Rare & Forever offers diamonds in the F-J color range.


Brown, Green, and Milky

Natural Diamonds

Natural diamonds are made from carbon and are the hardest natural known substance on earth. Natural Diamonds are created over a period of time around 85 miles below the earth under natural conditions of very high pressure and temperature. It takes a period of over one to three billion years for natural diamonds to be created. There are many other alternatives out there such as Lab Grown, Treated, Laser Drilled, etc but know these are not natural diamonds nor do they have the value of a natural diamond.

Solitaire Ring on jewelry box


An inscription in a diamond is a combination of letters and numbers etched inside the diamond most often on the diamond’s girdle. These symbols serve as a Unique ID that helps identify a particular stone. What is unique with a Rare and Forever inscription is the location as well as it being a permanent inscription. Even some of the largest certification companies out there have inscriptions that are not permanent so anyone with any know how can easily remove this.


This is a small magnifier used by jewelers where the standard power is about 10x. This allows you to see the inside of the diamond under magnification and see the identifying characteristics that only this diamond will have as every diamond is different. 

Woman looking at Diamond with Loupe

Eye Clean

If the inclusions in the diamond cannot be seen with the naked eye, the diamond is considered eye clean. This term is used by many diamond experts to let you know if you can see an inclusion to the naked eye. Feel free to reach out to our diamond experts on a Rare and Forever diamond and not only will we educate you on the specific stone in the showroom but we can show you inclusions and let you know where the inclusions are and if they can or cannot be seen to the naked eye. 

Diamond Viewer

Rare and Forever supplies all authorized retail partners with an easy to use viewer that allows you to see your unique inscription and number of your exact diamond under magnification. This unique number is permanently inscribed with your diamond and can be easily found with the diamond viewer giving you confidence that only your diamond has this exact number. 


Diamond Viewer with diamond