Congratulations! You’ve found the one and made the decision to spend the rest of your life with her. However, before you can pop the question, you need to find the perfect engagement ring. Learn some of the following terminology before starting your shopping:
- Cut: The cut is what gives a diamond its own unique sparkle. A diamond’s cut is measured by brilliance, which describes the amount of light reflected, and scintillation, which is how the stone is able to catch the light. A well-cut stone is one that works with a diamond’s unique facets to demonstrate its brilliance.
- Color: The color classification of a white diamond refers to the presence or absence of color in the stone. Colorless diamonds are classified as D, E, and F. Stones that are almost colorless are labeled G, H, I, and J. Those diamonds with a hint of yellow or brown are described as K, L, and M. Stones with a prevalent yellow or brown tint are N, O, P, Q, and R. Yellow stones are S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z.
- Clarity: Clarity refers to the lack of markings on a stone. Clarity is measured on a scale that includes Flawless (FL), which is a virtually perfect stone. Diamonds with fewer inclusions are rarer and more expensive. Internally Flawless (IF) means that the inclusions can only be seen under powerful magnification. Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2), Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2), Slightly Included (Sl1 and Sl1), and Included (I1, I2, I3) are more common and generally less expensive.
- Carat: In diamond lingo, one carat is 0.2 grams. Carats are classified on a scale with 100 points. If you are looking at a diamond that has a 50-point classification, for example, it actually weighs 0.50 carats. Carat measurements are extremely specific because they can drastically affect the price of the diamond.
If you are looking for the perfect ring for your future fiancée, Zadok Jewelers in Houston can help. We understand you’re making a lifelong decision, and we’ll take your tastes into consideration to help you find the perfect engagement ring. Call us today at (713) 960-8950 to learn more about our wedding and engagement ring options.