How to Shop Diamond Engagement Rings
You don’t have to be a diamond pro to shop diamond engagement rings. There are a few basics that you should familiarize yourself with before going ahead and buying diamonds online. You want to know what to look for, and end up with the engagement ring you have always dreamed of.
The diamonds may look clean and sparkly at the store, however, once you have worn them for just a short amount of time it may look cloudy and dirty. You’ll find yourself cleaning your jewelry daily, trying to get that beautiful sparkle back. The cut and the color of the diamond are very important factors to take into consideration. Read up now, so that you’re not disappointed later on.
The 4 C’s of Diamonds
The four C’s are the key factors to look at when you’re shopping for loose diamonds or engagement rings. Make sure that you know exactly what you’re looking for, and what you’re looking at. You can go as far as writing the four points down on a piece of paper, or save this post when going to the diamond dealer, or when you shop diamond engagement rings online.
The diamond cut also referred to as the make of the stone, is both the polish and symmetry of the diamond. The polish refers to how smooth each facet of the stone is on a microscopic level, and the symmetry refers to the angle between one facet to another, and how the light will reflect through the facets. If a diamond certificate is acquired, it will define the cut of the stone as either excellent, very good, good, fair or poor.
TIP: The cut of the stone is the common contributing factor to the brilliance, sparkle, and shine of the diamond.
The clarity of the stone refers to the number of inclusions/ imperfections within the stone up to a 10x magnification. If a diamond certificate is acquired, the clarity will be defined according to flawless, internally flawless, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, I1, I2, I3 (sometimes referred to as pique).
TIP: Unless the stone is bought specifically for investment purposes, there really is no reason to buy an internally flawless stone. You should aim for an I clean diamond, which sometimes can even be attained up to an SI1 clarity.
The color of a diamond refers to how colorless the stone is. The ideal stone is essentially a pure carbon substance. However, because even small traces of compound elements are inevitable, the stone may include some level of color. The color is defined between D to Z. A perfectly colorless diamond is graded a D color diamond, whereas a Z grading has a faint color to it.
Interestingly enough, once you pass the colorless scale, you move into the world of fancy colors, where the value is often increased considerably.
The definition of a stone’s carat is the weight of a diamond. A one
carat stone is equal to 100 points or 0.2 grams. The meaning of a carat is the weight of the stone and not the size.
I would rather go with a slightly smaller diamond with an excellent cut and good color, rather than a larger diamond with a good to fair cut and color. The smaller stone will look shiny and sparkle, while the larger stone may have a cloudy look. Remember: When it comes to diamond rings, take the four c’s into consideration, and not just the one C- carat.
If you’re interested in understanding just a bit more, read this: What You Need to Know When Buying Diamonds Online
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