Buying an Engagement Ring? Don’t forget the “4 C’s”!

An engagement ring is a reliable image of your affection, love and honour. To pick a quality precious stone, sophisticated consumers allude to the 4 “C’s” when they start their quest for the ideal engagement ring.

CARAT ~ indicates the span of the stone. Greater isn’t necessarily better however. When a stone goes up in the carat size, the price goes up exponentially, i.e. if a ½ carat diamond costs $X, a 1 carat diamond does not equal $X*2, it could be anything up to $X*5.

CUT ~ many folks accept that the cut of the stone refers to the shape, however it really indicates the way the light reflects off of it. A well cut precious stone allows light to enter the stone and reflects the light back to the viewer’s eye.

The grades of cuts start at: (best quality to poorest)

Ideal
Premium
Very good
Good
Fair
Poor

COLOUR ~ the less colour that a jewel would basically affect the stone’s value. Gem dealers grade diamonds on a scale from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow). Anything lighter than yellow is viewed as an extravagant amber diamond and is significantly more expensive.

In a diamond the best stone is one without colour at all, this permits the stone to neatly reflect and refract light. Understanding what makes every jewel distinctive guarantees that your engagement ring will be as remarkable as your adoration for each other.

CLARITY ~ this term refers to the stone’s absence of imperfections and blemishes. The fewer the ‘marks’, the more significant and splendid it is. Most jewels have little imperfections; air pockets, scratches, scratches, and so on. so its smart to investigate the stone for defects. As this is the case for Diamonds, often with stones such as rubies, defects and imperfections add to the uniqueness and even value of a particular stone.

The clarity scale is:

Flawless – no inner or outer inclusions

Internally flawless – no inner inclusions, slight outer inclusions

Very, very slightly included – tiny inclusions just perceptible by the prepared eye

Very slightly included – tiny inclusions seen just under a 10x magnifier

Slightly included – effortlessly seen by professional graders

Included – unmistakable to the exposed eye and included enough to influence the stone’s brilliance