How to Buy a Diamond Engagement Ring She'll Fall
in Love With
Getting Started With Diamond Color
1.02 Carat Diamond Solitaire in Yellow
Gold Prong Setting
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Get started by exploring The Four C's: color,
clarity, cut, and carat weight, characteristics that contribute
to a diamond's beauty and value.
As you move through the tutorials, remember
that no one diamond is "best" for everyone. The Four C's are
like a diamond pizza--every ingredient is important, but they
all support each other. You'll learn to change the ingredients
to come up with the right diamond.
It's easy to work through the tutorials by keeping this document
on your desktop and opening links in a new window. PC users can
right-click, Mac users can hold down the mouse button and wait
for the prompt.
You might be surprised to learn that most
diamonds are not truly colorless. How To Evaluate Diamond
Color explains the GIA's diamond grading scale and helps you
select a color grade for your diamond engagement ring.
Fluorescence is a characteristic that makes some
diamonds appear to change color when they are exposed to
ultraviolet light. Learn How Fluorescence Affects Color
so that you aren't surprised when she wears her diamond in
different lighting situations.
Some diamonds are treated to improve their
color--and some treatments aren't permanent. Diamond Color
Treatments provides the details.
Clarity is a term that's used to describe the
clearness of a diamond. A perfect diamond with perfect clarity
is rare, and most flaws that exist in jewelry grade diamonds
cannot be seen without looking at them through a jeweler's
It's important to understand diamond clarity
before you shop for an engagement ring, so that you can make
sense of the jeweler's explanations--and so that you don't get
too exited about the word flaws or other terms used to
describe the tiny imperfections in diamonds.
The term diamond cut does not refer to
a diamond's shape. It describes the diamond's proportions, such
as its depth and width and the uniformity of its facets--all
characteristics that control brilliance, durability and other
features we look for in a quality diamond.
A good cut is essential to a diamond's beauty.
If the cut is of poor proportions, even a diamond with
outstanding color and clarity will not display the sparkle that
diamonds are famous for, because the gemstone's components
cannot interact with light as they should.
The prong setting, sometimes called a claw
setting, is the most commonly used gemstone setting. You see
them all the time--the diamond is inserted into three or more
metal prongs that form a basket-like base, then the ends of the
prongs are shaped to hold the gemstone snugly in place.