Because solitaire engagement rings rely on the increased importance of the diamond’s quality, you’ll need to know a little bit about the 4Cs before you start to browse. The 4Cs of diamonds are cut, color, carat, and clarity. Below is a brief description of each:
Cut: This refers to the shape of the diamond, i.e. round cut diamond, princess cut diamond, cushion cut diamond, etc.
Color: When talking about the color of a diamond, the less color it has, the better. The color is graded on a scale of D-Z, with D being the most colorless diamond possible.
Carat Weight: Perhaps the most familiar of the Cs, this factor refers to the physical weight of a diamond.
Clarity: Clarity measures the amount of physical imperfections a diamond has. The imperfections are divided into two categories: inclusions and blemishes.
For more information, check out our Diamonds 101 page.