It’s time to celebrate all things shiny and sparky today for National Jewel Day! What better way to celebrate a girl’s best friend than by focusing on our favorite piece of jewelry: the engagement ring. Before picking out your dream ring, it’s important to know the Four C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat.
The cut of a diamond is the most important characteristic, since it determines the sparkle of the diamond. The better the cut grade of a diamond, the more sparkle it will have.
The color of a diamond is the second most important characteristic. The higher the grade, the most expensive the ring will be. To avoid breaking the bank, choosing a near-colorless diamond will save you money all while appearing to be colorless to the naked eye.
The clarity of a diamond refers to very tiny imperfections (also called inclusions). The higher the grade, the fewer and smaller inclusions there are. To maximize your budget, choose a diamond that is “eye-clean,” which means there are no visible inclusions to the naked eye.
The carat of a diamond refers to the weight of the diamond. In relation to a diamond’s cut, the smaller carat weight of a diamond appears larger with a higher cut grade. The larger the carat, the rarer the diamond will be.