Know Your Diamonds; The 5 C’s of Jewelry
There is a lot that is considered when it comes to the pricing of diamonds – not just the size.
You’d be a fool to believe that simply buying the biggest diamond you can afford will ensure the beauty of an engagement ring. The truth of the matter is that there is a lot that is considered when it comes to the pricing of diamonds-not just the size. If you are thinking about purchasing an engagement ring, it’s time to learn about diamonds. There are 5 basics that you will need to know; Color, Cut, Clarity, Carat, and Cost.
- Color. Although some are opting for colored center stones now, usually, people purchase white diamonds for engagement rings. If you are one of the many doing this, know that the ideal white diamond is colorless. The scale goes from D (completely colorless) to Z (Yellow). There are obviously many steps between the two, and your price will go down as more color appears in the diamond. Sometimes this can help you to save money. For example, if you find a cut that hides the slight color of a diamond, you will be able to spend a lot less than if you would have gotten then next step up in the color spectrum.
- Cut. The cut of a diamond is the most important thing to consider because the proper cut will allow it the most brilliance and sparkle. If a diamond was not cut with exact precision and ended up slightly too deep or shallow, the light will not reflect the same way, thus making it shine and sparkle less. Less than 1% of diamonds are cut to exact perfection, so you can imagine how expensive it would be to have the perfect cut. However, you can get close within a reasonable price range.
- Clarity. The clarity of a diamond is the amount of inclusions or imperfections it has in it. For example, most diamonds will look very clear to the naked eye, but when put under a microscope they will show clouding spots or crystals. The more of these that the diamond has, or the bigger the imperfection, the less it will cost.
- Carat. The carat is the weight of the diamond, or the size. This “C” is the most commonly known, but it is important to know what is considered large and what is considered small when speaking in carats. 2-3 carat rings are what celebrities usually have because they are incredibly expensive and considered large. The average person is usually has around 1 carat.
- Cost. The last “C” is cost, and that represents what the diamond, or ring all together is going to cost you. This is also a very important aspect to pay attention to when buying an engagement ring because if you end up spending too much on the center diamond, you may be forced to compromise things in the band or setting to stick to your budget.
Remember these 5 C’s when ring shopping and it will help you to make a more informed decision about the ring of her dreams. Now that you are more familiar with these 5 important parts of the beauty and cost of a diamond, you will be more prepared to look into your options and get more bang for your buck.
Author Bio- Derek Mason has been a jeweler and diamond expert for 17 years. He loves bringing people happiness through breath-taking diamonds. He believes that a beautiful diamond is always within reach if you talk to your local jeweler and discover your options. Go to wilsondiamonds.com to find out more today.