Engagement Rings: 4 Cs

As promised, we are back with another installment of the wedding ~lingo~ you’ll want to know.  This time, we will be discussing the...4 Cs!

If you’ve ever taken a look at engagement rings before, or really any diamond, you’ll recognize the 4 Cs as the rule of thumb for diamond quality.  They stand for carat, cut, color, and clarity.

Okay, starting with carat.  The average engagement ring is just under 1 carat in size, so don’t be fooled by the huge rings you see in the media.  There is also often a tradeoff between size and quality, so stay tuned to see how you can best navigate the two.  Here is a helpful link to see how sizes will look on your hand.

So, we’ve just touched on the first of the 4 C’s of diamonds -carat.  The other three have to do with the quality of the stone itself.  Second, we will talk about cut.  Cut is how well the diamond is faceted to give the most brilliance out of the top of the diamond.  High grade diamonds are the better cuts, though you can sacrifice a little of the shine for a larger stone if you would prefer.

The third C is color.  Diamonds range from a yellowish to a completely clear, or white, color.  The scale is such that the closer the letter to the beginning of the alphabet, the better.  The most common color is around a G.

The fourth C is clarity.  Though there is often an emphasis put on clarity, it actually affects the overall look of the diamond the least.  The levels of clarity from highest to lowest are as follows: FL (flawless), IF (internally flawless), VVS1, VVS2 (very very slightly included), VS1, VS2 (very slightly included), SI1, SI2 (slightly included), I1, I2, and I3 (included).

Armed with the 4 Cs, you’ll be strong as a diamond (and just as sharp) when shopping for your engagement ring...or dropping hints :)