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When you start looking for your dream engagement ring, or your significant other’s ring, the entire process can be downright frightening.
Before you even buy a ring, you need to think about everything from budget to style. While many rules don’t apply to modern engagement ring shopping, there are a few important guidelines to keep in mind, especially when it comes to the 4 Cs of diamonds. Here’s an overview of each “C” and why they are important.
The cut is not the shape or size of the diamond, but its proportions and angles. This is the only one of the 4Cs that is not determined by Mother Nature and is by far the most important quality to know about and keep in mind when looking at the engagement rings offered by various jewellers.
If a diamond is cut too shallow or too deep, it leaks light out of the sights, giving the diamond a dull appearance and in turn reducing the diamond’s brilliance and value. A diamond that is well cut has two core factors: a white light and mirror like facets that are reflected externally and internally. This is also referred to as brilliance and is what make engagement rings shine as bright as they ought to. Australian Diamond Importers is among the trusted diamond merchants for well-cut diamonds, so make sure to check what they have on offer.
A perfect white diamond will not have any hue. A diamond’s degree of colourlessness is graded on a grading scale from D, which is colourless all the way to Z which is light yellow. Colourless stones are always the most valuable.
The fewer inclusions or impurities a diamond has, the more expensive and clearer it will be. Inclusions form when the diamond grows in the mantle of the earth, as it crystallises under pressure and heat. That means that it is extremely rare to come across a flawless diamond. Clarity of diamonds is also measured on a scale, and diamonds graded in the range of SI1 and SI2 tend to be slightly included, however, the imperfections are difficult to spot with the naked eye.
Carats are the weight of the gem. As the size of a diamond’s carat increases, so does the rarity o the stone and the price tag along with it. It’s worth noting that a diamond that has a larger carat weight will not particularly appear bigger on the wearer’s finger. A diamond of a smaller carat size and shallower cut may actually seem larger than a diamond that has a deeper cut and is of a larger carat weight. Overall, the appearance of size comes down to the shape of the diamond as well as the different mountings and designs you choose for the engagement ring. For example, a halo tends to make smaller stones look larger, as will a shape that has more surface area, such as an emerald or pear.
Learn about the 4Cs and ensure that you are going to get the most out of the money you spent.