Let’s admit it! The magnificence of diamonds often leaves us speechless. Majority of us love raving about a new rock that our beloved friends and celebrities are boasting. Speaking of celebrities, did you see the incredibly beautiful diamond engagement ring of our former Suits star, Meghan Markle and now the Duchess of Sussex?

Regardless of our everlasting fascination with bling, most of us aren’t aware of the critical components which pave the way for stunning diamond rings. But not to worry, below is a brief guide on four crucial C’s that you should discuss while shopping at a jewelry store.

CUT

A cut is the most vital component since it contributes to the sparkle and blare of the diamonds. A lower colour diamond that has low clarity can be made to flare up with prismatic hue if cut right.

For a diamond to reflect utmost light, it needs to be designed with the aim of letting light enter through the crown and exiting from the same path. Stones that are cut too deep or shallow cause the light to leak from both the sides and the bottom, making them appear dull and lifeless.

The cut of the diamonds is mathematically calculated using varying angles and proportions. But all a regular consumer needs to look for is an ideal, excellent or very good grading certification on the cut.

COLOUR

Certified professionals are handed the task of grading diamonds on a spectrum from D to Z. They set the loose stone on a bright white background and determine the degree of its colorlessness as follow:

  • Grades D – F are colourless
  • Grades G – J are near colourless
  • Grades K – M are faint yellow
  • Grades N – R are very light yellow
  • Grades S – Z are bright yellow

Majority of buyers cannot distinguish between diamonds in D – G range but begin to notice warmth in the stones at Grade H.

CARAT

Carat signifies the size and weight of a diamond, with one carat being equal to 0.20 gram. It is important to note that there is zero correlation between the number of carats and sparkle of the diamond. Thus, a diamond that is cut well and has high-grade clarity will shine more than a stone with solely high carats.

CLARITY

Speaking of clarity, diamonds are also examined under 10-power magnification and graded based on their visual attributes as follows:

  • FL – IF is considered flawless
  • VVS1 – VVS2: the diamonds consists of extremely faint inconsistencies, such as minuscule fissures, bubble, and particles that are difficult to see by certified professionals under magnification.
  • VS1 – VS2: the diamonds carry very faint inconsistencies that are slightly visible when magnified.
  • SI1 –SI2: the flaws of the diamond are noticeable under 10-power magnification.
  • I1 – I3: the blemishes in the diamond are apparent to the naked eye.

SHOP AT DIAMONDS FOR LESS

Our diamond experts at Diamonds for Less understand each aspect that contributes to the magnificence of diamond engagement and wedding rings. We use this knowledge to help our customers navigate the 4C’s to find the best value and create engagement rings and jewelry pieces that are designed with extreme precision.

Browse our site to view part of our diamond collection and book an appointment with us to see our full range of custom diamond rings and jewelry. You may also call us at 1-866-901-LESS (5377).