He put a Ring on it – The 4 C’s of Diamonds

Proposing

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Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, so gentlemen you better listen up!

Cut

Diamond cut is the most important factor to consider when buying a diamond. The quality of the cut of a diamond directly influences the way light enters and exits the diamond and therefore directly influences the way a diamond sparkles and shines. When a diamond is cut perfectly, light enters in through the top of the diamond and then exits back out through the top of the diamond giving a maximum brilliance. 

There are 8 cuts to choose from:

Marquise Cut Diamond Ring

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Cushion Cut Diamond Ring

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Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

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Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

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Princess Cut Diamond Ring

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Round Cut Diamond Ring

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Heart Cut Diamond Ring

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Pear Cut Diamond Ring

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Color

Diamonds are graded on a color scale which ranges from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow).  A colorless diamond will be more valuable because they are much more rare. As you move up the scale to diamonds with a bit of a yellow color to them the value decreases because these stones are more plentiful.

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Clarity

Clarity is graded on a scale ranging from internally flawless to imperfect. If the slightest dots or marks are visible under magnification the diamond would be labeled either VVS1 or VVS2 (very, very small inclusions). If larger and easier to find the diamond would be considered  VS1 or VS2 (very small inclusions). All of these inclusions can only be seen under magnification. The next step down would be small inclusions labeled SI1, SI2, or SI3, you can start to see these without magnification. The most imperfect category is labeled as I1, I2, I3 and these inclusions can definitely be seen by the naked eye.  

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Carat Weight

A carat is a unit of weight used to measure the mass of a diamond. A carat is equal to 1/5 of 1 gram. The average engagement ring is approximately 1.5 to 2 carats in weight. The more carats a diamond has, the more expensive is will be.

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You know how I feel about diamonds, the bigger the better darling!

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