The engagement ring is probably one of the most important pieces of jewelry that you will buy and just as important for the person that you are going to give it to, so choosing should be a careful and well thought out process. When buying diamonds in the USA, the 4 C’s, cut, color, clarity and carat, are the things that will help you determine if the stone you are interested is the right quality, but to the untrained eye these elements can be a bit difficult to understand. Because of that in today’s article we are going to talk to you a little bit more about the 4 C’s so keep on reading.
We are starting off with cut because this is the most important factor of the 4 C’s. We say this because the cut is what affects the sparkle of the stone and it is important to understand that even the most perfect stone can appear dull if the cut isn’t right. When a diamond is cut in the right proportions all of the light is returned out of the top of the diamonds but when the cuts are too deep the light will escape from the side and when they are too shallow the light ill leak out of the bottom. When shopping, we always recommend you buy the best cut that you can afford and going from a very good cut and above is the optimal goal.
This is the second most important element when buying diamonds engagement rings in the USA because the color is the first thing that the eye will notice after the sparkle of the stone. When it comes to color, this is one of those cases where less is more, meaning that the less color there is to the diamond the better it is and the higher the color grade is. Of course, this goes for colorless diamonds and does not apply to actual colored diamonds which are very rare and really expensive.
Clarity is the third of the 4 C’s and this refers to the assessment of really small characteristics on the surface of the stone that are called blemishes or inclusions. The key here is to have as little visible inclusions as possible because that offers the higher clarity grade, but since these blemishes can barely be seen with an untrained eye, we suggest you go with an Sl1 or better in ½ carat diamonds and go for VS2 clarity grade when looking at larger stones over 2.00 carats.
A big misconception when it comes to carats is that it refers to the size of the diamond, but that is not the case. Carats actually indicate the weight to the stone. When comparing the carat sizes of different stones you should take into consideration the diamond’s cut because a high-carat diamond that has a poor cut may simply look smaller, while a bigger cut might have smaller carat size. Because of this you should always consider the other factors as well and not just the physical size of the stone.
Understanding that diamonds aren’t all about the size and that you need to focus on the quality is very important and that is exactly what the 4 C’s teach you. We hope that you found this article useful and that it will help you when looking for diamond engagement rings in the USA.