As men, we tend to really place a lot of emphasis on statistics and numbers. How many horses, what’s the completion percentage, how many championships has he won? Those are all great questions, and telling of something, but none of them tell the whole story. That’s how picking a diamond is.
Rings are like cars. You might have 500 bhp, but depending on weight, drag, torque, and a million other factors you could have a super car, or you could have just a really loud engine. Same thing with rings, you’ll hear about the 4 C’s constantly: Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. But not all C’s are created equally.
Cut – This is going to be the grade of the cut of the diamond, determining how well light is reflected. Reflected light is directly correlated to how brightly the diamond shines. I think this is one of the most important features of a diamond, I would recommend getting an “Excellent” cut with a smaller stone than getting a “Good” cut with a bigger one.
Clarity – How many imperfections are in the diamond. There are several grades here, but honestly, it’s not as simple as just getting a VVS1. There’s a thing called “eye-clean” diamonds, and essentially what that refers to is a diamond that doesn’t have any visible imperfections. Diamonds can be eye-clean if they’re VVS1 or if they’re I1, it all depends on where the imperfections are located. So, do your research and figure out how to read a certification. Spend a little time and make sure your diamond is simply “eye-clean” rather than taking the easy route and buying a VVS. You’ll be able to get a much larger stone that way. (For example, the below image shows the worst case scenario of each clarity level, where the inclusions are dead center. But they could very well be on the edges and completely invisible to the naked eye).
Color – This is essentially the coloring of your stone. Assuming you’re getting a white diamond, your colors will range from D-Z (mostly D-K) where D is completely colorless. But, as with everything else, the color isn’t quite that simple. You can get a K in a round diamond and look just like a G in princess cuts. Notice how, in the picture below, you can’t really tell the color in the round until it gets to K.
Carat – This is quite simply the weight of the diamond. It’s definitely important, but really not as important as you think. However, your ring will have 2 weights. First is the ring weight, this is the sum of all the diamonds on the ring. Second is the center stone weight, this is how big just the primary stone is.
Round – Circular diamond, this is the ‘ideal’ cut because the way an excellent cut stone reflects light is amazing.
Princess – Square diamond, beautiful but light doesn’t reflect too well so the shine is a little less than a round.
Oval, cushion cut, marquise, brilliant cut… etc. Look them all up, but it’s more than likely going to be a round or a princess.
Don’t forget to read the rest of the posts in this series!