So, turns out "carats" are not just for bunnies anymore! Buying the wedding rings can prove to be confusing with carats, clarity cuts, and so forth. So, we are going to explain a little bit about "The Four C's" to consider when buying the wedding ring and give some more useful information as well.
Carat- basically, the size of the diamond. For reference, a one carat round diamond is ususally about 6.5mm in diameter.
Clarity- a measure of how many natural "inclusions" are in the diamond and how easy or difficult they are to see. Inclusions sound nice, but they are actually the flaws in the diamond like scratches, pinpoints, chips, cracks, etc. A flawless diamond is rated F and there are varying degrees of clarity from there.
Color- Most white diamonds range in color from colorless to a light shade of yellow. The rarest and most valuable white diamond is colorless and then again, there are varying ratings from there. There are also more expensive colorful diamonds in pinks and yellows.
Cut- There is a lot of personal preference involved in choosing the cut of the diamond, though many like round because it offers versatility in selecting the wedding set and building around it. Other cuts include princess, emerald, heart, pear, oval, and marquise.
In addition to the four c's, one most also consider the bride's lifestyle. If a woman is very active, she may not want a large diamond and certain lifestyles prevent women from desiring settings that don't project outward.
There are other factors to consider as well such as jewelry metals, settings, size, etc. Be sure you go to a jeweler you trust for this important purchase and be sure to see if your bride-to-be has any special wishes as well.
For me, I don't have a diamond yet. I told my husband I wanted him to marry me when he wanted to, not when he could afford the ring he wanted to get me. HE is my rock!
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