What To Look For In Buying A Diamond Engagement Ring

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You may have heard of the “Four C’s” in reference to diamonds, but what exactly are Diamonds, Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat Weight? They are, put simply, the most important things that you need to take into consideration when you are looking to purchase a new diamond. After all, this is a purchase that is going to last and be used for a whole lifetime, so you want to make sure that you get the best diamond that you can. Here are some quick tips on the four C’s of diamonds.

Diamonds, Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat Weight: The Four C’s

Cut: The cut of a diamond is what reveals the brilliance of the stone. The more expertly cut that a diamond is, the more that the stone will sparkle and shine. A shallow diamond cut allows light to escape at the bottom of the stone, meaning it will sparkle less. A deep cut diamond will tend to absorb light — meaning that it will not refract light well either. However, the ideal cut is neither too shallow nor too deep. It will allow for the best refraction of light and wonderful sparkle!

Color: Color means how much color — or ideally, lack of color — the diamond has. The most colorless of diamonds are the most valuable and are assigned a color grade of “D,” “E,” or “F” and diamonds that have color — whether a yellowish hue or only a slight trace of color — will be assigned a color grade ranging from “G” down to “Z.”

Clarity: Clarity refers to the imperfections within the diamond. Most diamonds have some imperfections, but the finest diamonds have either no imperfections (they will be called “Flawless” and get a grade of FL, or IF) or have imperfections that aren’t visible to the naked eye (they will be graded VVS1, or VVS2.) Some diamonds with imperfections that are slight and hard to spot are graded as VS1 or VS2. Diamonds that have imperfections that are visible to the naked eye in some cases and can easily be seen under magnification are graded SI1 or SI2. Finally, diamonds with imperfections that can easily be seen with the naked eye will receive a grade of I1, I2, or I3.

Carat: Carat refers to the carat weight of the diamond. Generally, the higher carat weight diamonds will be more costly, but not always since the other “C’s” can impact this cost. The carat weight is only one thing to consider when choosing a diamond, but the larger the carat weight, the bigger the stone!

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