Questions: I’m about to purchase a diamond engagement ring and I’ve started researching diamonds online. I’m familiar with the Four C’s now, but I just don’t know how to decide on what Four C’s to pick? What is the best way to go?
Answer: When it comes to choosing a diamond engagement ring, it is not only important to have a clear idea what Four C’s you are after (diamond cut, clarity, carat and color) but also how much money you would like to invest into the stone.
Once you have decided on a budget for your diamond engagement ring, check out the diamond search tool on the James Allen website. This search tool is fantastic when it comes to finding exactly what you are looking for. It allows you to select each of the Four C’s individually, plus you get to decide on a monetary budget. Then you simply click on search and you will receive a wide range of stones that match all of the selected criteria.
Below is a quick description of the Four C’s and also some insightful hints to what to look out for. After all, no matter how much money you are planning on spending on a diamond engagement ring, good value for money is always crucial.
Diamond cut refers to the way a stone reflects the light. The majority of graders refer to a 5 point grading scale starting at poor/fair at the bottom of the scale and an ideal cut is considered the finest option. For great value pick for a good cut or very good cut, as this will ensure that the stone reflects the light beautifully without pushing the overall diamond price vastly higher.
Diamond color assesses the coloration of a diamond. The less coloration, the more valuable the ring. The diamond color grading ranges from D-Z, with D being absolutely colorless, and Z looking clearly yellow.
The diamond clarity grading scale goes from F for flawless to I1-I2-I3 for included. Diamonds with a rating of VS1 or VS2 (slightly included) represent the best value, as the flaws in this diamond decrease its overall cost, though these tiny imperfections are impossible to be seen by the naked eye.
And finally, diamond carat measures the weight of the stone. Going for a one carat diamond engagement ring is a very popular choice.
I would highly recommend for you to have a little play with diamond search tool. Pick different ranges of the characteristics and see what will work best for you. Once, you have decided on the diamond itself, you can click here and find the perfect setting to go with it. That way you are actually able to create your own diamond engagement ring that will be customized to your girlfriends needs.