When it comes to buying an engagement ring it is important that you understand exactly what you are purchasing. It is easy to overlook the important details when you are staring at a case filled with beautiful sparkling rings. Believe me, I know.
Before you go out ring shopping, take some time to get to know what goes in to every diamond, specifically the 4 C’s – Cut, Clarity, Carat Weight and Color. This will ensure that you are getting the perfect stone for your left hand.
The precise shape and positioning of a diamond’s facets determines the stone’s general appearance and its beauty.
Carat denotes the weight of a diamond. One carat equals 0.20 grams. Taken by itself, carat weight does not determine a diamond’s value. Consider taking a look at this Carat Guide that Blue Nile created for a better look at every diamonds cut.
A stone is said to be flawless if no internal flaws (clouds, feathers, pin-points) and no external imperfections (scratches, pits, nicks) are visible. Absolutely flawless diamonds are exceedingly rare and priced accordingly. Gem-grade diamonds are given a clarity rating based on an industry standard scale.
Minute impurities within diamonds provide the stones subtle colored tints. The color of each diamond is determined based on a precise scale starting with “D” (colorless) and going to “Z” (saturated).
Know that you know the diamond details, we want to hear from you. Did you do the research before you went ring shopping? Did it help with your decision making? Leave us a comment below!