Want to make sure you’re buying the right wedding ring? Here’s what you need to know about the four C’s of diamond rings:
Color — A perfect diamond has no color, and is given a D rating. Z is the lowest rating, as it has a light yellow color. Colorless stones will always cost more, unless, of course, it’s a highly rare color of diamond–red or green are the costliest colors.
Clarity — If a diamond has multiple impurities or inclusions, it will lose its clarity. The fewer impurities, the clearer it is. Of course, clearer always means more expensive. Truly “flawless” diamonds are highly rare, as the heat and pressure under the ground usually leads to flaws in the diamond. If you can find diamonds in the SI1 and SI2 range, they will be less likely to have visible flaws. The flaws will be too small to see.
Cut — Cut doesn’t refer to the shape or size, but the proportions and angles of the stone. This is the only one of the C’s that are man-made, as the diamonds are cut to a specific size and shape. You don’t want a cut that is too shallow or deep, as the light will leak out the sides and the stone will lose its brilliance. You want a diamond that has both mirror-like facets and a brilliant white light emanating from the diamond. This is the perfect cut!
Carat —The more the diamond weighs, the higher the carat. The higher the carat size, the higher the price tag and the greater the rarity of the diamond.
Now you know what elements are the most important when diamond ring-shopping, and it’s up to you to talk to the jeweler to ensure you get it right!
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