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.

What shape is right for you?

Round

As the most popular diamond shape for hundreds of years, the beloved round brilliant cut is the top choice for a bride-to-be due to their unparalleled brilliance, sparkle and light. While this cut offers great flexibility within the four C’s, you will want to select higher quality grades to bring out the most brilliance within a round diamond.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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