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Along with all the excitement that comes from just getting engaged, also comes the revelation of what the ring looks like. For most, the center stone is what will catch the eye. The Diamond on her finger should uniquely express how pure and everlasting the love between you truly is. So when shopping for that special ring, for that special someone, it is important you know what to look for to make the right decision.

Round Cut

When you think of a diamond, you think of its most popular cut – the round brilliant cut. There is a reason this cut is number one and that is because this cut provides the highest level of fire and brilliance. A “brilliant cut” is comprised of 58 facets (smooth, flat faces on the surface of a diamond and the culet) in triangle and kite shapes. This cut catches the light at just the right angles to display an otherworldly sparkle. The round cut has some flexibility in all of the 4 C’s, but select a high-quality grade for the most brilliant shine.

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Cushion Cut

The Cushion Cut is also called the “pillow cut” due to its square shape with soft, rounded edges. This cut contains larger facets to create more clarity in a ring. The Cushion Cut is an even blend of classic fashion and modern flair.

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Oval Cut

The Oval Cut may look similar to the Round Brilliant Cut, but it carves out its own identity by combining a classic appearance with a modern twist. The longer cut pairs well with slender fingers and appears larger than other shapes with the same carat weight. When looking at Oval Cuts, always view them from the top to see how its length and width would appear on a ring.

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Princess Cut

The Princess Cut is the second most popular cut in diamonds and looks stunning in modern, contemporary mountings. With a square design who’s facets resemble a four-point star, the Princess Cut will make her feel like the modern woman that she is. The corners and square shape also make the center stone appear larger. The Princess Cut is a favorite choice for engagement rings due to its brilliance, versatility, and beauty.

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Pear Cut

The Pear Shape closely resembles the shape of a teardrop and so it’s sometimes referred to as the teardrop diamond. This cut is unique and is a cross between a round and marquise. Due to its relatively elongated shape, the Pear Cut has a delicate appearance. The point is typically worn pointing towards the heart of the person wearing it.

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Emerald Cut

The Emerald Cut is a large cut in either a rectangle or square shape with step-cut facets. These facets look like steps leading up to the center of the stone. The Emerald Cut’s sloping corners create a “hall of mirrors” effect that draws your attention. This cut exudes old world charm reminiscent of the Art Deco era and offers the wearer the opportunity to give an illusion of having slender fingers due to its long shape.

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Marquise Cut

The Marquise Shape resembles the shape of a boat or an eye. This cut maximizes the carat’s weight due to having the largest surface area of any diamond shape, making it look larger than it is. A symmetrical cut ensures it looks even from all sides.

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The 4C’s of Diamonds

The 4Cs of diamond quality is a language jewelers everywhere use to describe the attributes of a diamond, that when taken together, help to determine its overall quality. Quality is ultimately tied to price, so it’s crucial that you learn the 4Cs so that you understand what you’re buying.

What Are the 4 C’s?

Color

The 4C’s: Color

The 4C’s: Color

When it comes to color in a diamond, the less color you see, the better. Therefore, a diamond that is mostly colorless will have a greater value than one who has more hue. Although most diamonds are not completely white, it is best to try to get as close as possible to a stone that lacks the most color.

The color of a diamond is determined by the chemical composition of the molten mass that makes the diamond. For example, a diamond may have a yellow color because there was nitrogen incorporated in the chemistry. The intensity of the color is directly proportionate to the amount of trace elements present. If there is less trace of the element present, then the less color the diamond will have. The color of diamonds is classified by grading scales. A color grade of D is the highest, or the most transparent, while a grade of Z is the lowest, or the one with most color.

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The color of a diamond is determined by the chemical composition of the molten mass that makes the diamond. For example, a diamond may have a yellow color because there was nitrogen incorporated in the chemistry. The intensity of the color is directly proportionate to the amount of trace elements present. If there is less trace of the element present, then the less color the diamond will have. The color of diamonds is classified by grading scales. A color grade of D is the highest, or the most transparent, while a grade of Z is the lowest, or the one with most color.

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The 4C’s: Cut

The 4C’s: Cut

The cut ultimately determines the diamond’s brilliance and should not to be mistaken for the shape. The cut is believed to be one of the most important characteristics to be taken into consideration when choosing a diamond. Diamonds need to be polished and cut with precise proportions in order to make it a good cut.

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A good cut will be one that reflects most of the light that enters the diamond making it shine and sparkle more than a poor cut diamond, in which the light escapes and does not reflect as much. The quality of the cut of a diamond depends on several aspects of the cut: Brightness, Fire, Scintillation, Weight, Ratio, Durability, Polish, and Symmetry. Each cut is determined by mathematical equations, which have been performed for centuries. The more precise, the larger and more brilliant the diamond will appear. Overall, we can say that it is the cut of the stone has the most effect on its appearance and determines its true beauty.

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The 4C’s: Carat

The 4C’s: Carat

Although many people believe that the carat solely refers to the size of a diamond, the carat size actually measures the mass or the weight of the diamond. If you want to measure the size of a diamond, you will have to take into account the carat weight, distance across the top of the diamond, and the cut. The measurement Read More of the carat weight is frequently expressed in points. For example, One carat is 100 points, which is equal to 1/5 of a gram. This is similar to a Karat (with the letter K), which is the unit measure of gold. You should also keep in mind the difference in the labels of carat. For example, ‘ct’ is the symbol for the carat weight of a single diamond. However, ‘Ctw’ is the total carat weight of the entire piece, which may include multiple diamonds. Read Less

The 4C’s: Clarity

The 4C’s: Clarity

Clarity refers to inclusions or imperfections found internally in a diamond. A diamond with few imperfections will be more valuable and have a higher clarity grade. These imperfections can be anything from small cracks inside the diamond to even pieces of crystals from other materials. From all of the characteristics, clarity is the one that has Read More the least impact on the physical appearance of the diamond because most of these imperfections are not visible to the naked eye. It measures the degree of surface and internal inclusions that can appear white, black, colorless, red or green. Factors that may affect the clarity of a diamond are the size, color, visibility and number of inclusions. Read Less

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