Shopping for diamond engagement rings? First of all, congratulations. You're about to embark on a truly life-changing journey that will forever add tremendous meaning to your existence. Now that you've made the decision to abandon the single life once and for all, it's time to select that perfect ring, but if you want to get the best value and make the most informed buying decision, you're going to need to familiarize yourself with the 4 C's of diamonds. Maybe you've heard about them before: cut, clarity, color and carat. These are the all-important variables that give diamonds their value, and if you don't know what they mean, it's time for a crash course.
This is the single most important quality to look for in diamond engagement rings. There are different shapes to choose from, like princess, round, emerald and marquise, but the cut encompasses more than the mere shape. It's about the overall quality of the workmanship. A poorly cut diamond will appear dull, as it won't be able to absorb and reflect light as well as an expertly cut stone. When shopping for diamond engagement rings, you may see cuts with ratings like “very good,” “good,” “fair,” and “poor.”
Like all naturally occurring minerals, diamonds have certain inherent flaws. These blemishes, which are known as “inclusions,” can appear as spots, scratches or cloudy discolorations. The fewer inclusions, the higher the clarity rating. Significant inclusions can have a major impact on the diamond's sparkle, so it's best to look for diamonds with clarity ratings of SI (Slightly Included), VS (Very Slight), or even VVS (Very, Very Slight).
While a good diamond may look perfectly clear, it will almost always have some degree of coloration. The amount of color is rated on a letter scale. So for instance, colorless diamonds (which are extremely rare, and extremely valuable) are rated D, while slightly colored diamonds may receive a grade of E or F. The higher the letter, the greater the amount of color.
Carat is a unit of weight equal to 200 milligrams. So a 3-carat engagement ring would include a diamond that weighs 600 milligrams. In general, a higher carat count will indicate a larger stone, but there are other factors—like cut—that can influence the weight-to-size ratio.
At Dara's Diamonds, our diamond engagement rings are some of the most beautiful and affordable that you'll find online. Just check out the selection, and take advantage of our lifetime exchange policy and lifetime warranty. We offer a wide variety of cuts, and you can choose your preferred carat size. Whether you're looking for princess cut or round cut, three-stone or solitaire ring, white gold or yellow gold, we have everything you need to make your proposal truly memorable. In addition, all of our rings are third-party appraised, and you will receive an official appraisal certificate with your purchase.
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