Wakefields Diamond Guide

Our Guide to the 4C’s – The Essence of Diamond Selection

Dive into the world of diamonds, learning the 4 C's, and let Wakefields Jewellers offer expert guidance and advice to help you find the perfect new addition to your fine jewellery collection. 

Discover the world of diamonds with Wakefields Jewellers, where the 4 C's meet elegance, opulence, and craftsmanship. Each diamond within our curated collections has been hand-selected for its exceptional brilliance. Explore our exquisite range, and let our friendly team and excellent knowledge of the 4 C's, guide you to a diamond that you will enjoy wearing for a lifetime. 

Diamond Cut

The Cut of a diamond is a work of art that reveals its brilliance. The GIA grading system ensures that each diamond is cut to perfection, maximizing its fire and scintillation. In the world of luxury, precision is paramount, and at Wakefields, precision is guaranteed with GIA's expertise. Diamonds are graded as excellent, very good, good, fair and poor, with proportion, polish, durability and craftsmanship all taken into consideration when deciding on the quality of the stone.  

Diamond Colour

The colour of a diamond is an important part of the decision making process when searching for the perfect stone. Diamonds are ranked on a scale of colour, with ‘D’ colourless considered the best in quality because they best reflect more light and brilliance when paired with excellent cut and clarity.

D-F - Colourless | G-J – Near Colourless | K-M - Faint | N-R – Very Light | S-Z - Light

Diamond Carat

Carat Weight, the final C, dictates the diamond's size.Carat is a unit of weight that equals to 0.2 grams. That means a 5 carat diamond weights 1 gram. Carat weight relates to the size of a diamond, which is one of the most visible things about a stone. How large a stone looks, though, also depends on how it is cut. Stones that are cut too deep may weigh more, but they will not look any bigger face-up. That is why it is just as important to consider a stone’s cut, as it is its carat weight. 

Diamond Clarity 

A diamond’s clarity is ranked on a scale by the GIA. Each stone is scrutinized and ranked according to the visibility of inclusions and imperfections within its structure. This process ensures that only the most flawless and pristine selections make it into our fine jewellery collections. 

FL: Flawless. No inclusions or blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10× magnification

IF: Internally Flawless. No inclusions and only blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10× magnification

VVS1 / VVS2: Very, Very Slightly Included. Inclusions are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10× magnification

VS1 / VS2: Very Slightly Included. Inclusions are minor and range from difficult to somewhat easy for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification

SI1 / SI2: Slightly Included.Inclusions are noticeable to a skilled grader under 10x magnification

I1 / I2 / I3: Included. Inclusions are obvious under 10× magnification and may affect transparency and brilliance

Our Promise to You

At Wakefields we are committed to offering only the finest quality of diamonds, meaning that you can trust us to deliver brilliance, vibrancy and flawless beauty in every piece of diamond jewellery we present. 

Ready to explore our curated fine jewellery collections? Start your journey with us online now, by browsing our hand-selected diamond jewellery designs that embody the 4 C's of luxury.

  • Bespoke Design

    Take the first steps on your bespoke jewellery journey and schedule an appointment with our expert gemmologist to discuss redesigning a family heirloom piece, or creating a unique one-of-a-kind design.

    60 min
  • Watches Consultation

    Register your interest in our Rolex or TUDOR watches in store. Explore our collections in our dedicated showroom, try-on models and learn more about our offering with an expert sales consultant.

    60 min
  • Engagement Rings

    View our engagement ring collections from the comfort of our luxury showroom. Explore our impressive range of styles, stone cuts and designs to find the perfect ring for your unique love story.

    60 min
  • Jewellery Repairs

    Book in your jewellery for a repair within our in-house workshop. From simple chain repairs and resizing, to clean & polishing services, book in your jewellery or receive a customised quote from our friendly team.

    30 min
  • Wedding Rings

    Celebrate taking the next step in your relationship together and explore our extensive wedding ring collections in store. From classic bands to diamond-set designs, we offer ladies and gents wedding rings to suit all styles and budgets.

    60 min
  • Watch Aftersales & Servicing

    Book in your watch with an expert member of our team. Whether you require a service, repair, watch battery replacement or strap adjustment, our friendly teAM are here to help.

    30 min
  • Jewellery Consultation

    Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift, or simply looking to expand your collection, book a jewellery consultation with our team. Try on different designs whilst our friendly consultants offer expert guidance and advice.

    60 min
  • Ear Piercing

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    Booking Summary

    Engagement Ring 60 Min
    Tuesday 28 November 10:30 am


    Wakefields Jewellers
    11 West Street
    West Sussex
    RH12 1PF

    Opening Hours:

    Mon - Sat: 9:15am - 5:00pm
    Sun: Closed