When it comes to diamonds, it can be said that no two diamonds are exactly the same. There is a lot to be said about this exclusive quality. Just as no two diamonds are identical, each couple symbolizing their marriage with them is just as unique. From the 4 Cs of diamonds to the diamond setting, you can find a ring that fits your personal style and your budget.
To better understand diamonds and the variations associated with them, diamond education is necessary. We’re here to provide you with the small details that can make a big difference in look, feel, and price when it comes to diamonds.
When we reference the 4 Cs of diamonds, we are talking about cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. The 4 Cs demonstrate the rating of your diamond, but always remember that while ratings are important, nothing is as important as finding the diamond that appeals most to you and your style.
Out of the 4 Cs, the cut of a diamond has the greatest effect on a diamond’s beauty and value. Many times, “cut” is a synonym for “shape”, but that is not the case. The cut of a diamond measures its brilliance and overall visual appeal. Every angle and facet cut on a diamond affects the amount and quality of light that is reflected which in turn produces that sparkle many strive for.
The most popular diamond colors are colorless or near colorless (rated D-J), but diamonds come in every color of the spectrum. In diamond grading terms, diamonds are graded on how far they deviate from the purest white. Truly colorless, pure white diamonds are extremely rare, therefore they are more expensive than any other diamond color available.
Diamond clarity refers to the visual appearance of internal characteristics called inclusions and external surface defects called blemishes. The fewer the spots or lines (inclusions) on a diamond and surface defects (blemishes), the more valuable it is. These internal and external markings interfere with light passing through the diamond thereby diminishing its sparkle and value. The greater a diamond’s clarity, the more rare and valuable it is.
Diamond carat is a measurement of a diamond’s weight, and this weight is divided into points. There are 100 points in one carat. To illustrate this, think of a diamond’s carat weight as pennies in a dollar: A half-carat diamond weights .5 carats, or 50 points. Because larger diamonds are rarer, they generally have a higher value per carat.
It is well-known that a diamond tends to be the center of attention when it comes to a ring, but the diamond setting plays a large role in showcasing your diamond. There are a number of diamond settings to choose from which means you can make your ring even more personalized to what you like and envision. Some standard diamond settings include: the prong setting, the bezel setting, and the tension setting.
What’s nice about a diamond setting is you can start with or without a diamond. Whether you fall in love with a particular setting before finding the perfect diamond or vice versa, there’s no right or wrong way with a diamond setting.
To find the perfect diamond, it is necessary to have personal and professional service you can trust. Our customers come from across Central Minnesota and throughout the United States because of our commonsense advice and personalized service which make up the core of our business.
At J.F. Kruse, we pride ourselves on helping others find the diamonds they are looking for. Our certified gemologists help you hand select the perfect center diamond for your perfect ring. We also price our diamond setting separately so you are fully informed about your purchase and its entire value. We value each and every customer, and if you’re ready to begin your diamond search, we would be honored to work with you!