As you are ring shopping, it’s most important to pay attention to the “Four Cs.” You’ve probably heard them before but might not actually know exactly what they are.


This is part of what affects the sparkle. It’s not the shape of your diamond but the way the shape is cut. You want to make sure the shape is cut with proper proportions. The diamond should be not too shallow but not too deep, either.


A flawless diamond has perfect clarity. This is about the visual appearance of characteristics called inclusions and blemishes. The less there are and the smaller they are means higher clarity.


The most common of the Cs is probably carats. This is the way your diamond is measured. The bigger the carat, the bigger the diamond.


Body color of the diamond ranges from colorless to light yellow for a traditional white diamond. Colorless is usually the preference for someone looking for a white diamond. Of course, there are sorts of different colored stones nowadays,and we don’t hate the trend!


Aside from the four Cs, while you are ring shopping you should also consider the shape, the setting and a wedding band. Popular shapes for diamonds include princess, round, oval, cushion and pear. It all just depends onyour preference of look.


The setting is how the diamond sits on the ring and design of the band of the ring. A common setting is the halo, where a circle of smaller diamonds surrounds the main stone. Another common setting is the classic solitaire, where it is just the diamond itself.


Lastly, while your wedding band is a totally different ring, it’s still something to keep in mind while picking out your engagement ring. You’ll likely wear both ring at the same time a majority of the time once you are married, so you’ll want to think about how the ring will look with a band.

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