Deciding to propose is a big step in your life. Not only do you have to weigh the pros and cons of marriage and decide if this is "the one," but you also have to choose the right engagement ring. You may walk into the store with a general idea of your soon-to-be fiancee's taste and ring size, but there are many more factors to consider before choosing a diamond that your love will wear for a lifetime.
Diamond experts talk about the four Cs and how important each is in selecting the right diamond for an engagement ring. The four Cs were established by the Gemological Institue of America (GIA) to create a globally-accepted, unbiased way to rate diamonds. Understanding what the four Cs are and why they are each important is key to choosing the perfect ring.
The easiest of the four Cs to understand is the carat. A carat refers to the weight of a diamond. One carat is equal to 1/5 of a gram. As expected, the diamond is weighed on a scale to determine the number of carats it is. A large diamond, however, may not be the nicest or most valuable diamond. Size should not be the determining factor in your choice.
Cut is another C that you may be familiar with, especially if your fiancee has shown you pictures of engagement rings that they like. The most common cuts today are the heart-shaped, round, marquise, and princess cuts. Popular cuts from years past include the Art Deco-influenced emerald cut, the square Asscher cut, and the pear-shaped or teardrop cut.
When gemologists refer to a diamond's color, they are actually referring to its lack of color. While this may be a bit confusing, your goal is to purchase the diamond with the least amount of color. You want one that is clear, not hazy, cloudy, or yellow.
Color is rated on a scale from D to Z, with D being colorless and Z having a light yellow, gray, or brown tint. Diamonds available for purchase for jewelry typically fall in the G to J range, or nearly colorless. You may not be able to tell the difference between a G and a J but can rely on your salesperson to assist you.
Clarity deals with inclusions and blemishes. Blemishes are surface scratches on the diamond while inclusions are imperfections within the diamond's interior. The more defects that are present, the lower the clarity rating is, and the less valuable the diamond is.
All four Cs are taken into consideration when determining a diamond's value. You can find a 2-carat diamond with many inclusions that is considerably less valuable than a half-carat, flawless diamond. Arm yourself with an understanding of the four Cs and choose wisely.
For more information about diamond engagement rings, contact a local jeweler.
About a month ago, I started thinking about the kinds of jewelry I was choosing. It occurred to me that I really needed to start looking for classier pieces since most of my jewelry was pretty loud and annoying. I thought that it was sending the wrong vibe to customers, and I was right. After choosing classier pave pieces, I got a better response from clients. This blog is all about finding better jewelry pieces and knowing which styles and themes to avoid in the workplace. You never know, a few small changes could really improve the response you get from customers.