A: Choosing a one carat diamond ring as an engagement ring is a very popular option. However, apart from deciding on the diamond carat, which refers to the weight of the stone, there are other factors to take into consideration. Diamond cut, color and clarity, as well as carat, are the ‘4 C’s’ of the diamond grading scale. These four factors have a major impact on the overall value of a ring.
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.
Diamond Clarity: 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 engagement ring is a great choice. It will give you a decent size diamond, going any higher than that is likely represent an additional cost of thousands of dollars.
As you can see, there are lots of things to take into consideration. I would highly recommend having a chat to your girl friend and trying to find out as much as you can about what kind of ring she would like. You can have a look at the James Allen Website, which will allow you to browse through the different ring settings and diamonds. You can compare prices and I’m sure you will find the perfect diamond ring for your girlfriend.