When shopping for diamond engagement rings, whether in advance of your proposal or together once you’ve popped the question, you will want to look for one of outstanding quality. But what do you need to look for to achieve this? For diamond novices, diamond rings that sparkle are of better quality than ones that don’t sparkle so much. For those that wish to go into more depth, you need to look out for what are commonly known as the 4 Cs.
The sparkle is officially known as ‘brilliance’ and this is affected by the cut of the diamond. Brilliance comes from light bouncing around the facets of the diamond, and when diamond rings aren’t cut correctly (either too deep or too shallow), the light cannot bounce around in the same way and make it sparkle. Another thing which may affect the diamond’s brilliance is the clarity. This refers to whether the stone has any flaws or blemishes, which again may interrupt the bouncing of the light inside the stone. Both of these Cs will also influence the durability of the diamond, and when buying an engagement ring you want one which is going to last forever.
The other two Cs refer to the colour and the carat. The latter means the weight of the diamond, which usually goes hand in hand with the size. Celebrities have started a trend for having large diamond engagement rings as a status symbol, as large diamonds are harder to find than smaller ones, particularly without any flaws. Although we think of traditional diamonds as white, the best ones are actually colourless. The average shopper, being unable to afford a truly colourless diamond, will most likely opt for one somewhere further along the scale, which ranges from colourless through to yellow and brown tints.
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