Buying An Engagement Ring | Boca Raton, FL
Buying an Engagement Ring in Boca Raton?
If you have found the person you want to grow old with and it's time to find the perfect engagement ring... this article will help you understand what to expect during this exciting time in your life. There are many things to keep in consideration when shopping for an engagement ring in Boca Raton and here at Devon's Diamonds & Decor, we will do our best to outline them for you.
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KNOW THE 4 C's
- Color is how white or yellow a diamond is. Diamonds range from D being the whitest and completely colorless to Z being yellowish brown. Diamonds begin to have a yellow hue when nearing I-J color and get more yellow as they go down to Z in the color chart. The color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value.
- Cut is crucial to the stone’s final beauty and value and of all the diamond 4C's . It is the most complex and technically difficult to analyze. Cut is measured on a scale from "Excellent" to "Poor", with very good, good, and fair in between. A diamond with a "Excellent" or "Very Good" cut allows the stone to reflect and refract light properly causing a beautiful shimmering effect. Precise artistry and workmanship are required to fashion a stone so its proportions, symmetry and polish deliver the magnificent return of light only possible in a diamond.
- Clarity is also very important when considering purchasing a diamond. Clarity refers to marks on the surface (blemishes) and imperfections inside of the diamond (inclusions). Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value. Like color and cut, clarity is measured on a scale from "Flawless" being the rarest and clearest to "I3" being very included and is often visible to the naked eye. Normally our clients opt for stones that are clean to the naked eye, but still have some inclusions visible with a microscope. This is normally the VS1-SI1 clarity range.
- Carat Weight is often referred to as the "size" of the diamond. The more a diamond weighs the higher the carat weight will be. Each carat can be subdivided into 100 ‘points.’ This allows very precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. A jeweler may describe the weight of a diamond below one carat by its ‘points’ alone. For instance, a jeweler may refer to a diamond that weighs 0.25 carats as a ‘twenty-five pointer.’ Diamond weights greater than one carat are expressed in carats and decimals. A 1.08 carat stone would be described as ‘one point oh eight carats.’ Some people consider carat weight to be a very important factor, but it should not have as much impact on your decision as the other 3 C's.
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