When it comes time to purchase an engagement ring or any other piece of jewelry with diamonds, it is important to educate yourself with some of the qualities of these precious stones. In order to familiarize yourself with the price and value of these stones, we have put together the following pieces of information to help you shop with confidence.

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The 4 Cs



According to the GIA, "(i)n most diamonds, the term actually refers to the absence of color. The less color in the stone, the more desirable and valuable it is. Some of these differences are not visible to the naked eye, but directly impact the overall quality and price of the stone."


According to the GIA, "Diamond Clarity measures the amount, size and placement of internal ‘inclusions,’ and external ‘blemishes.’ Grades run from ‘Flawless,’ with virtually no imperfections, to ‘Included,’ which contain a significant number of imperfections."


According to the GIA, "Diamond Cut does not refer to a diamond’s shape, but to the proportion and arrangement of its facets and the quality of workmanship. The amount of brilliance, sparkle and fire in a diamond is determined by cut. Grades range from ‘Excellent’ to ‘Poor.’


According to the GIA, "Diamond Carat refers to a diamond’s weight. Generally speaking, the higher the carat weight, the more expensive the stone. Two diamonds of equal carat weight, however, can have very different quality and price when the other three Cs are considered."

*All of the above information comes directly from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).