Shop for the Right Diamond
Buying a diamond can be an overwhelming experience. Beyond an engagement, diamonds are also offered for significant accomplishments and milestones in life. Unlike other purchases, the features of a diamond may elude you and confuse you. We offer this short guidelines here to help alleviate the anxiety of buying a diamond, because the more you know, the more confident you will feel when making your final choice. So take a moment to read through the 4Cs and learn what makes each diamond unique.
Let's start with the SHAPE
Clearly the round shape is the most popular because it has the most facets, indicated here with the lines. The pear shape comes in second, followed by the oval. These past years the oval has done a come back, the cushion shape is a wonderful choice for those who like the princess square but want to have more facets. More facets, equal more brilliance. In the end, the shape that speaks to you is the one you will choose, a diamond is beautiful no matter its shape. Other factors play into the quality of the diamond, which moves us to the color.
Once your set on the shape, the next question to ask is what color? The color chart of diamonds start with "D". Diamonds are graded based on the amount of color they possess, from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow). An absolutely colorless diamond is rare and therefore very valuable. The further you go down the chart the less expensive. Some people care more about their diamonds being as white as possible than they on how many inclusions it might have; inclusions is what we call Clarity.
A diamond's Clarity are the characteristics present on the surface (blemishes) or within the stone (inclusions). The number and types of these characteristics is what will place the diamond on the scale that runs thru FL to I3. FL is defined as flawless, while I3 defines a diamond with inclusions that are visible with the naked eye. A flawless diamond is truly rare.
Carat is the measure used for the weight of a diamond. There are 100 points in one carat. So 0.25 carat stone can also be said 25 points. Obviously the greater the size, the greater your budget will have to be. Many shoppers focus is on the size while others will be happier with a smaller one with a higher clarity or a nicer color.