Engagement Ring Shopping 101: The Four C’s

Who ever said “size doesn’t matter” was truly on to something. Details. Precision. Consideration. These are the things to think about when looking for the perfect ring for that someone special in your life. As you get down on one knee and gently open that small, square shaped box, you want to make a statement. You want the ring, no matter the size, shape or cost, to invoke an unforgettable reaction and ultimately be the perfect fit for the lifelong commitment.  Take your time, commit to shopping and let your research begin here.

Cut- While it’s natural to assume cut refers to the shape of the diamond, it’s a little more involved than that. Knowing what style and shape your fiancé is interested is always important but understanding brilliancy (light) and scintillation (sparkle) are a quite a bit more essential to understanding how to pick the perfect diamond. With any solid diamond, you can expect the light to be evenly dispersed throughout the facets of the diamond. Better cut, better diamond.


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Color– Diamonds come in limitless color options but if you are going for a traditional diamond, the color you want to look for is, well, colorless. Diamond graders study and research color grade for several years before they can discern the delicate differences between grades. When a diamond is colorless, light is able to permeate the diamond easily and create clear and radiant sparkle, which takes you back to our previous topic, cut.

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Clarity– Now we are getting down to the nitty gritty, inclusions and flaws. In order to get an excellent diamond, an incredibly strong microscope examines the diamond and tries to spot any places within the diamond that doesn’t let light pass through. These flaws and blemishes knock down the grade of the diamond. The more brilliant the diamond, the less flaws and the more valuable the diamond becomes.


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Carat– And when it’s all said and done, you have to select a size. Carat refers to the weight of the diamond. The bigger the diamond, the more expensive it becomes. Combine all of the C’s together and you have the perfect ruler for any diamond out there.


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Knowledge is power and in this case, knowing the difference between a huge diamond with a ton of flaws versus a smaller diamond that lets in tons of light and sparkles like crazy is extremely valuable.