Looking for a fabulous engagement ring? Here are the four things you NEED to know before buying the perfect diamond for your special someone:
Cut is one of the most important parts of diamond buying. The cut of a diamond dictates its brilliance. Remember, cut and shape are not the same thing. While shape is the outward diamond appearance (square, pear, round, oval, marquis, etc.), cut is the reflective qualities found internally. A good cut gives the diamond a light that seems to come from the center, creating unparalleled beauty and brilliance.
Most precious stones, including diamonds, contain natural flaws. The fewer the flaws, the more expensive and rare the diamond. Diamonds are graded on a scale for their clarity, indicating their value and quality ranging from flawless to slightly included. Consult with a jeweler for a clarity grading on your diamond.
The rarest of diamonds are truly colorless. The whiter a diamond, the greater its value. A diamond’s color refers to the presence or absence of color as a result of its composition. A trained jeweler’s eye can detect the color grade of a diamond, which ranges from colorless to light yellow.
Carat is the unit of weight by which a diamond is measured. The greater the carat weight, the more expensive the diamond. You budget will determine the carat size of your engagement ring, so be sure to consult with different jewelers to find the right ring for your wallet without sacrificing quality. For an added sense of security, see if any of a jeweler’s diamonds are certified.
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