Choosing Your Diamond

By: Jewish Talyor

When choosing the diamond you want for your wedding ring, there are a few factors that you should keep in mind. These are what jewelers call the 4 C's, which are Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight.

Although come in many different colors, the color that is referred to in the 4 C's is referring to the white diamond. The color is graded from D to Z. D is called colorless, which is the rarest and most expensive grade. The color differences are subtle, and are graded in labs under specific lighting conditions.

The cut of the diamond refers not only to the shape of the diamond in your wedding ring, such as round, princess or oval cuts, but to the depth of the cut as well. Diamonds of the same cut and carat weight can appear larger or smaller depending how deep the cut is. The gemologist will generally keep to a well-proportioned cut, rather than a cut that is too shallow or deep, so that the diamond in your wedding ring reflects the most light, enhancing its brilliance.

Clarity refers to the number and placement of small natural defects within your wedding ring diamond. These natural defects are called inclusions. Inclusions keep the light from reflecting against the facets and can diminish the diamond's brilliance. Where inclusions are located within your will determine to what degree the brilliance is affected.

Carat weight is the actual weight of the diamond, not the size. Your wedding ring diamond can appear larger or smaller than others of the same carat weight depending on the cut.

When you choose the diamond for your wedding ring, you may also want to consider getting a diamond certification, which is often required if you plan to insure your diamond. A diamond certification, also called a diamond grading report, is prepared by a certified gemologist at an independent lab. It describes all of the physical characteristics of your diamond, including the 4 C's, as well as the size and placement of any imperfections. It is not an appraisal.

Choosing your diamond with these points of information in mind is an important step in creating the wedding ring of your dreams.

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