Groom’s Corner: Engagement Ring Shopping 101 – The Four C’s

Did you decide to buy your other half an engagement ring? Let us be the first to say CONGRATULATIONS! Although you’re going to feel so many emotions when you make the decision to spend forever with the love of your life, we promise that purchasing an engagement ring will be the most exciting event to date. It’s no secret that diamonds are the ultimate symbol of love and commitment, so before you head to your local jeweler, be sure to do a little research and familiarize yourself with our handy groom-to-be’s guide to The Four C’s!

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Clarity refers to the clearness of a diamond.The more flaws a stone has, the lower clarity rating the diamond will have. Keep in mind that most defects can only be seen under a magnification and can’t be seen with the naked eye.
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Diamonds are available in a variety of colors and are rated by an alphabetical scale from colorless (D) to brown (Z). The color will affect both the value and beauty of a diamond, which is why those that are as close to the D grade are more ideal.
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A diamond’s cut is how the stone reflects light to give that beautiful prism-like sparkle. A poor cut can ultimately affect the diamond making it appear dull.
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Carat refers to the weight (not size) of the diamond. One carat is equal to 100 points. Although the size affects its value, it is usually the quality that is the determining factor when it comes to price.

Keep these FOUR details in mind and we promise your engagement ring shopping will be a breeze! Happy engagement planning!

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