Buying A Diamond Engagement Ring? Understand the 4C’s First

Buying A Diamond Engagement Ring? Understand the 4C’s First

The engagement ring that you choose is going to mark one of the most important parts of your life so you want to make sure that you do it right. And when it comes to engagement rings, diamonds are the most sought-after. But with so many designs and stores to pick from, figuring out how and where to purchase it is not going to be easy. So here are some tips for you.

Cut, Carat, Clarity & Color

When choosing from the many diamond engagement rings Melbourne, one of the most important factors to consider would be the “Four Cs.” This is the official diamond grading system that is now being used when choosing a diamond ring. The Four C’s stand for Cut, Carat, Clarity, and Color. This grading system is used as a guideline.

  • Many people think that when talking about the ‘cut’ of a diamond ring, this is pertaining to its shape. But that is not true because the cut is its sparkle factor. When the diamond is cut it is done using parameters so that its facets interact with light to give it maximum sparkle.

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  • Diamonds’ size or weight is measured in carats. In an engagement ring, the average diamond is one carat or 200 mg. That is about the size of an Advil tablet. The largest diamond is called the “Star of Africa I” or the “Cullinan I.” It has about 530 carats and is currently the worlds’ largest-cut fine-quality colorless diamond. Kim Kardashians’ stolen emerald-cut diamond ring was 20 carats and reportedly cost $4.5 million.
  • Next is for clarity. A diamond may look perfect but it also has its flaws or ‘inclusions.’ Some have tiny black or white flecks. Others have lines and they all naturally occur since diamond forms in the earth for millions of years. And these imperfections that may not be visible to the human eye determine the diamonds’ clarity. 
  • The last “C” is for color. Diamonds come in different shades. The rarest ones are colorless. The color of the diamonds is ranked on a scale. The most expensive is ranked as “D” and is the colorless diamond. While “Z” is the most common with a visibly yellowish color. These days, there are now fancy colored diamonds like yellow, pink, or chocolate.

Buying a diamond ring for the first time is not going to be easy. If you do not know which to pick and you and your future spouse have never talked about the perfect engagement ring that she might want, then ask your partners’ family and friends. Remember that diamonds are not cheap. They can be the priciest thing that you have bought in your life and to be given to the person that you love the most and would want to spend the rest of your life with. So you should pick wisely.