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Diamonds and gems from A A Thornton, Kettering, Northants
If you are choosing a diamond for the first time you will soon become aware that each stone is different in quality and so in price. When considering the quality of Diamonds jewellers generally refer to the 4 C's being Clarity, Cut, Carat and Colour.
  1. Clarity refers to the level of interior inclusions or flaws which will in turn reduce the lustre the stone produces when light passes through.
  2. Cut refers to the way the diamond has been cut to maximise the beauty of the stone by making the best use of the light.
  3. Carat is the size of the diamond. One Carat is divided into 100 points.
  4. Colour is the colour with the best Diamonds having no colour at all, known as white. However there are other rare diamonds with a pure colour such as pinks, blues or greens which are known as fancies.
So it is possible to look at two diamonds of different Carat (or size) but because the smaller has better clarity or colour it is more expensive.

Please don't be dismayed by what may appear to be a slightly bewildering subject. At AA Thornton we are happy to show you a range of stones so that you can see the difference for yourself. We will talk you through their various qualities so you can decide which suits you best.
AA Thornton
1-7 High Street
NN16 8ST
01536 68 44 60
Opening Times:
Monday - Saturday
9am - 5pm

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