Gentlemen, ladies, all people in between; if you’re thinking of proposing to your significant other, this blog is for you. We get so many questions about diamonds, specifically which to buy for an engagement ring. If you’re still reading this, you’re undoubtedly about to embark on a journey.
Today we want to break down diamonds for you as simply as possible. There are many qualities to consider when it comes to diamonds; the carat weight, cut, color, and clarity (also known in the biz as “The 4 C’s”). It’s important to understand all of the below information when you’re in the market for a piece of fine jewelry.
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Carat weight is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs. A metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams. All else being equal, diamond price increases with carat weight, because larger diamonds are rarer and more desirable. However, two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different values (and prices) depending on the three other factors of the 4Cs: clarity, color, and cut.
The quality of the cut is crucial to the diamond’s final beauty and value. Of all the 4Cs, it is the most complex and technically difficult to assess. The GIA Cut Grading System for the standard round brilliant diamond evaluates seven components: brightness, fire, scintillation, weight ratio, girdle thickness, symmetry, and polish.
The color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. The GIA Color Grading System measures the degree of colorlessness by comparing a stone, under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions, to master stones of established color value. Many diamond color distinctions are so subtle they are invisible to the untrained eye; however, these distinctions make a very big difference in diamond quality and price.
Internal ‘inclusions’ and external ‘blemishes’ result from the diamond’s natural formation process deep in the earth. Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, as well as how they affect the overall appearance of the stone. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value.
If you're still curious about diamonds, we've written two great blogs touching on the various shapes. There is a huge difference between rectangular and circular diamond shapes, and we took the time to break it down! Now that you've read our diamond guide, drop us a line to talk about creating your engagement ring. We can't wait to work with you!