The 4 C’s

4 C's of diamondsWith Valentine’s Day just a turn of the calendar page away, it’s time for your friends at Hemming Plaza Jewelers to start giving some not so subtle tips on finding the perfect engagement ring for your true love!  We’ll cover the 4 C’s this go round, telling you what they mean and what to look for so you know just what to ask when you come by the shop and make your pick!

Color

Traditionally, the less color a diamond has, the higher the demand for that particular stone.  Diamonds that are rated as “colorless” tend to be more expensive and rarer than a similar cut and weight stone that has yellow or brown coloration.  While most people opt for the traditional style, diamonds of different hues (aka fancy diamonds) are also popular choices.

Cut

Anyone searching for the engagement ring of their dreams wants it to be a real sparkler.  The way a diamond is cut can greatly enhance (or diminish) the look of a particular stone or setting.  The sparkle and brilliant shine that make others envy your engagement ring is due in large part to how well the stone has been cut.

Clarity

If you have heard of this C before, it refers to the purity of the diamond’s make-up.  Diamonds that are considered “flawless” have no blemishes, scratches, or other visible “inclusions”. These diamonds are considered rare, and will often be priced as such.  While this C is important, it pales in comparison to the importance placed on the final C….

Carat Weight

This is the big one for most people….literally.  Carat weight is the “C” that most people know about before they try to shop for an engagement ring, but it doesn’t stand alone in importance when it comes to making your choice.  Bigger isn’t always better.  A huge rock with a bad cut and poor clarity won’t gleam as beautifully as a smaller, better quality stone.

This is a good primer to help you get started on the path to a happy engagement attempt, but there is more to a great engagement ring that knowing about the 4 C’s.  This is where the your trusted friends at Hemming Plaza Jewelers can assist you on your quest!  Come to the shop, browse our beautiful, massive selection of engagement rings, or have us create you a one-of-a-kind heirloom that can be truly treasured for years to come!


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