Diamonds have long been the traditional choice for rings, because they are indeed basically forever, and they go with everything. Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring material on the planet, which is a big part of why they are so popular in jewelry pieces. They do not fade, cannot tarnish and the only way to scratch a diamond is to rub it against another diamond. These traits have helped establish it as the most commonly sought after gemstone for fine jewelry and rings.
When choosing a diamond, most people know about the 4 C’s – carat, color, clarity, and cut. The last C, the cut, is completely customizable and can be adapted to fit a person’s style and look. The other C’s are the ones that need to be carefully considered as there is little that can be done to alter them once the diamond has been mined and polished.
Carat: This is the term used for the method of measurement that is used for the weight of a single diamond, not its size. Most diamonds used in engagement rings are 1 carat, but there are other smaller and larger carat sizes – each affecting the price or value.
Color: The color a diamond is has an impact on it price and value as well. Most valuable diamonds have little to no color in them at all, and are clear as glass. The only exception is for fancy color diamonds that have strong and bright colors that occur naturally or can come through manmade means.
Clarity: Naturally occurring diamonds will of course have some flaws, but most of the flaws found in high quality expensive diamonds are not easily seen under normal viewing conditions. It is still important to closely inspect diamonds for issues with the clarity to make sure they will reflect and shine the light properly.
There are many different types of diamonds and many different qualities, clarities and colors. Different combinations of these three can impact the value of the diamonds – high color but low clarity can make the price and value lower, but a slight discoloration but exceptional clarity and a good carat weight can make for a very valuable diamond. This means that a good number of diamond options are available, even if you are shopping on a fairly limited budget. Keep these points in mind and you can be better prepared with facts that can help you make the best choice for diamonds and diamond rings.