When your guy gets down on one knee and pops the question, you know what you want to see inside that little box. But does he? When it comes to engagement or wedding rings, even the most well-intentioned soon-to-be fiancÃ© can use a little help. Thatâ€™s where you come inâ€”read on for 5 easy tips to getting the diamond youâ€™ve always dreamed of.
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1.Â Â Â Â Heâ€™ll do his homeworkâ€”and so should you. What you really need to know about diamonds can be boiled down to the 4Cs: carat, color, clarity, and cut. The 4Cs were developed by the Gemology Institute of America (GIA) to grade diamonds by a universal standard. Hereâ€™s a quick primer:
- Diamond Carat: the weight, with one carat weighing 0.2 grams
- Diamond Color: how close to colorless, or â€œwhiteâ€, the diamond is
- Diamond Clarity: how few birthmarksâ€”called inclusions and blemishesâ€”a diamond has
- Diamond Cut: how much brightness (light reflection), fire (colors of the spectrum), and scintillation (sparkle) the diamond has; cut also refers to the shape of the diamond (round, princess, oval, etc)
Buying a diamond with a GIA grading report on the 4Cs will give him confidence that heâ€™s getting exactly what heâ€™s paying for. It will also give you purchasing power if years down the road you decide to get an upgrade.