Tips for Buying Diamond Rings and Other Fine Diamond Jewelry
Giving a diamond ring is a great way to say, “I love you” to that special someone or to propose marriage. But when you set out to find that perfect diamond ring or any diamond jewelry, you can quickly become confused with all the offerings available today. It’s important that you know what to look for in diamond jewelry.
The Four Cs of Diamonds
Look for the four Cs of diamonds. These are clarity, cut, color, and carat weight. Clarity signifies the presence or absence of irregularities or imperfections in the stone. Imperfections may appear as bubbles, spots, or lines. The clarity is often determined by the passing of light through the diamond. The fewer imperfections the diamond jewelry has, the more valuable it will be. Clarity is graded on a scale from flawless (FL or IF) to imperfect (I) according to the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) quality analysis scale for diamond jewelry.
The diamond’s cut is also important. The cut is what gives a diamond its brilliance and determines the number of facets in the diamond. The “round brilliant” cut is the...