You know that your significant other is the one and you’re ready the pop the big question. “Will you marry me?” Before you do though, there is one important thing you need; the ring.
Choosing an engagement ring is a big decision, especially if you are surprising your significant other. The shape of the diamond, metal and style of the band are just the your basic considerations. There are also the four C’s: Cut, color, clarity and carat. While everyone has heard these terms before, most first-time shoppers don’t know exactly what they mean. Here at Diamonds Forever, we can help you through the process, making sure you find a beautiful diamond to fit your budget and taste. Read on to learn a little bit about the basics and take our quiz to see how much you really know!
Many people confuse the cut of a diamond with its shape (round, square, etc.), but cut actually refers to the way that a diamond interacts with light. Graded from poor to excellent, the most well-cut diamonds have an even pattern of bright and dark areas. Brightness, fire and scintillation should also be created.
Diamonds are rated on a D through Z scale, based on their lack of color. Stones range from colorless to light in color, and the rarest and most expensive of diamonds are those that have no hue.
Clarity is measured under a microscope, as most characteristics are too small to be seen by the human eye. Based on a scale from flawless to included, flawless diamonds have no inclusions or blemishes at 10x magnification.
A measurement of how much a diamond weights, one carat is equal to 200 milligrams. Larger diamonds are of a higher carat and are typically more expensive, because of their rarity.
When choosing your diamond, it is important to consider all aspects of the stone together. Visit Diamonds Forever at 3689 Midway Drive Suite A in San Diego, California to find your perfect stone. We are happy to work with you to find a combination of color, clarity, cut and carat that is right for you and your soon-to-be fiancée.