What you need to know about diamonds before you start shopping

The best way to know that you are making a smart purchase when you are buying an engagement ring from a jeweler is to be knowledge about the product. In fact, this applies to any situation where you are making a big purchase. You would never consider it a wise decision to walk into a car dealership and purchase a car without doing a little research on the history of the company and the vehicle itself. Nor would you buy a house without researching other homes in the area to make sure that you are going to pay a fair price for the house. The more money that is involved in a transaction, the more important that it is for you to do your own research so that you can make sure that you are making a wise investment and that you are getting a good value for your dollar. When jewelers refer to the 4 C’s in terms of evaluating the quality a diamond, many people start to glaze over, but it is worth it for any person that is considering a diamond purchase to have at least a little bit of understanding of how the 4 C’s work. At the very least it will help you to better understand what the jeweler is talking about when they are showing you rings, and at the worst it could potentially prevent you from being ripped off by accidentally purchasing an inferior diamond.

The 4 C’s stand for cut, color, clarity and carat. Let’s take a slightly deeper look at what each of these things mean and how they will effect the price of your diamond.

Cut is the shape that the diamond is shaped into before it gets to the display case. The small little cuts on a diamond are called facets, and the more facets that a stone has, the more sparkle the diamond will give off. Each facet should create a look that helps to make the stone truly reflect light and sparkle to the best of its ability.

The Color of a diamond is fairly straightforward and easy to understand. The color refers color – or the lack of color to be more precise – in a diamond. When you think of a diamond, you probably think of a clear gemstone, but in truth all diamonds likely have a tiny bit of color to them. The larger a diamond, the more likely you will notice if the stone is murky or has little flecks of color in it, so you want to balance the size of the stone with a stone that has excellent color in order to make your engagement ring really shine.

Clarity is when the diamond has very few imperfections inside the stone. These imperfections are called inclusions and they can interfere with the stones ability to reflect light and sparkle.

Carat is the C that you have most likely already heard of. It refers to the weight of the diamond, so the bigger the diamond, the higher the carats.