Know the C’s. The four C’s of diamond shopping are:
- Cut: This is the shape of the diamond. These include anything from princess cut, round, heart, marquise & even trillion.
- Color: Of course when you think of diamonds you probably think of white diamonds. There are levels of how white a diamond is. They can be anywhere from colorless to light yellow.
- Clarity: This is how clear the diamond appears. The scale ranges from flawless to inclusions that are visible to the eye.
- Carat: The carat weight of the stone or how big it is. A solitaire is generally worth more than a cluster, even if the cluster has a higher carat weight.
You’ll want to pay particular attention to the color & clarity anytime that you are shopping online for an engagement ring. It doesn’t matter if you have a three carat diamond if it is cloudy or has black spots on it.
Choose a quality setting : Since your diamond will last forever, make sure your setting is in a nice gold or platinum.
Avoid trends : Trendy diamond rings are great if you have several rings or can afford a lot of diamonds. Leave the trends to the cz’s if you are on a budget. Instead, shop for a classic ring that you can pass on for generations.
Price : Of course, always stick to a budget. Remember the saying if it’s too good to be true it probably is. If you are looking for a deal, scour the classified ads. There are always rings posted at a discount from broken engagements. You can always have it put in a new setting if you are afraid of the diamond being bad luck. Beware of diamonds that seem to be inexpensive, there’s probably a reason for that. Read all descriptions carefully & check a store’s return policy before buying.