The 4 Cs of Diamonds: Carat, Clarity, Color, & Cut
When it comes to picking out an engagement ring, the possibilities are quite endless. You want an engagement ring that truly represents you. But sometimes it can be hard to compare engagement rings and their diamonds, and thoroughly understand the difference. This is why we have put together a guide to the 4 Cs of your engagement ring’s diamond to help you choose the one that is just right for you.
With a diamond’s carat (the unit of weight measurement of a diamond or gemstone), typically, the higher the carat, the larger the diamond, and the more expensive the diamond. It is important to keep in mind that the type of gemstone as well as the shape and cut will cause the size of the stone to vary across carat weights, due to varying densities. For example, a 1.00 ct diamond will measure slightly bigger in size than a 1.00 ct garnet (6.5 mm for diamond vs. 6 mm for garnet).
Clarity refers to the amount of flaws, known as inclusions, inside the diamond. This includes pinpoints, carbon, bubbles, cracks, scratches, and chips. The less inclusions within the diamond, the higher the clarity.
A diamond’s color grade refers to how much color (typically yellowish color) is present in the diamond. The less color found within the diamond, the more rare.
When it comes to the cut of a diamond, there are several to choose from. It all depends on your own preference and if you’re looking to go simpler or more unique. The different cuts have different mountings, which is important to keep in mind as well.
When it comes time for you to choose your perfect engagement ring, knowing and understanding all the varying pieces of diamonds will help you pick out just the one for you. From carat, to clarity, to color, to cut; refer to this guide to make the process of choosing you engagement ring’s diamond a little easier. Let Michael C. Fina help tell your love story with our wide selection of beautiful engagement rings and wedding bands.