Welcome to the most basic engagement ring term. Whenever discussing buying a ring for the love of your life, you have to know what the 4 Cs are. Don’t really have any idea? That’s okay, because we’re here for the rescue! Keep in mind that all four of the Cs are important, and depending on your type of girl, they could be more or less so!
Lets start with the CUT. Often times people confuse cut for the shape, and this just is not true. The cut refers to the reflective qualities of the ring. Ever seen a diamond truly sparkle and shine? That’s because it probably had an ideal cut. Diamond cuts are broken down into categories ranging from ideal to fair/poor. They are as follows: ideal, premium, very good, good, fair/poor (that’s best to worst). As is the case with many things, the better the cut the more you have to shell out. When you have a quality cut, the diamond’s size can be quite small, but if it out sparkles and outshines the rest, that could be a great way to go! For a more in-depth analysis of the science behind the cut, head here.
The second important C is COLOR. If there is more color, then less light is able to pass through, thus making the diamond less shiny. With less color comes more shine! There is a grading scale starting at D and going all the way down to Z. The closer to D the letter, the better the color. Think you want only a D color diamond? Think again. Unless you are a professional jeweler, a diamond with that much color is often impossible to see by the human eye! A less expensive and still equally beautiful diamond could fall into the G to I range. Another factor that could diminish the importance of the color is the setting and band color. If you choose a gold band, then a more yellow diamond would be harder to see. So in order to figure out the color, find out what type of band and setting you want, and then decide this part!
When talking about the size of the diamond, CARAT is at the forefront of our mind. Does she want a big rock? Look for a bigger carat and be ready to spend a lot more Benjamins! It all comes down to proportions on this one. If your girl is not all that emphatic on a large rock, then look for a smaller, clearer stone. If she has small fingers, then even a 1-2 carat diamond will still look big! Also think about the setting. If there are other smaller diamonds set around to accentuate the main diamond, you can probably shoot for a smaller one. However, if a larger carat is what she wants, then look at diamonds with less color and cut (unless your budget is unlimited and you can afford the extra thousands!).
When talking about CLARITY, it is important to note that this refers to how free of impurities, or “inclusions,” the diamond is. A diamond’s clarity goes from flawless, which means the diamond is without blemishes, to Included 3, where one can see large and significant blemishes with the ring. When you are talking about flawless to slightly included, it is important to note that none of these are seen by the naked eye! Once you start getting into I1-I3, however, you can begin to actually see the diamond’s imperfections. It’s probably wise to stay away from these, as you won’t want your women constantly trying to clean her diamond!