All About Diamonds
Choosing a diamond engagement ring can be a daunting experience, especially for those who don’t know much about precious gems. Diamond shopping doesn’t need to be that hard. Keep these pointers in mind and you’ll get the best diamond at the best price.
Remember the four “C’s”
- Cut – The cut is the way the stone is cut and determines its brilliance and beauty. The more facets or faces of the cut stone, the more reflection of light it will allow, making it appear more sparkly. A brilliant cut diamond has 58 facets and is usually the most radiant type. The shape is different from the cut and different shaped stones can be cut differently.
- Color – Color is determined using a grading system that uses the alphabet. A “D” grade is the most colorless stone available while a “Z” grade has a yellowish or bluish cloudy tint.
- Clarity – Every diamond has small imperfections inside the stone. They may be tiny cracks or spots called inclusions. The outside can have chips or scratches. The higher the clarity, the more money the diamond is worth. Some imperfections are expected but may not be seen with the naked eye. Jewelers have a classification system to grade diamond flaws. These range from flawless (FL) to imperfect (I). Imperfect stones may have visible flaws and are lower in price.
- Carat – The weight of the diamond is measured in carats. Each carat has 100 points. For example a stone that is ¾ of a carat is 75 points. Always ask for the total weight in carats.
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