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Diamonds are forever

Found the right guy? Help him find the right ring

Historically, the man has been the one who has chosen the ring with which to surprise his beloved. Nowadays, that practice is not done as frequently, and the bride-to-be gets to put her two cents in.

The following should be kept in mind when selecting an engagement ring:

Shapes

The diamond can come in seven basic shapes: round, oval, square and rectangular, pear, heart, marquise and trilliant, although there are, of course, variations on the basics.

Round is the most popular diamond shape for engagement rings. Oval diamonds are another popular choice for engagement rings or for any diamond jewelry. Square and rectangular diamond shapes include princess cut, emerald cut and radiant cut diamonds. Princess cuts are brilliant cut diamonds. Emerald cut diamonds have clipped corners. The overall shape of a radiant cut diamond is similar to the shape of an emerald cut diamond, but the radiant’s faceting is different.

Pear shaped diamonds resemble a teardrop. Like pear shaped diamonds, heart shaped diamonds can be either fat or elongated.

Marquise diamonds are diamond-shaped with rounded sides,

The triangular trilliant diamond is a brilliant cut stone that looks like it weighs more than it actually does. Trilliant cut diamonds are used as focal stones, but they also make a pretty addition on each side of a center diamond.

The four Cs

Various characteristics of diamonds are graded and categorized by the diamond industry. Learning about diamonds is first learning about the “four Cs” of diamonds which are considered the most important grades and categories: cut, clarity, color and carat weight.

These are the criteria jewelers use when grading diamonds, and they’re the ones you’ll need to understand to buy the right diamond for you.

Cut

Cut is probably the most important, and most challenging, of the four Cs to understand. The brilliance of a diamond depends heavily on its cut.

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