Whether you are choosing the engagement ring of your dreams or you want a pair of simple diamond earrings, choosing a diamond is not something to take lightly. Diamonds come in a huge variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and qualities, so it is helpful to know a little about their qualities before shopping for diamonds in NYC.
Diamonds come in many different shapes. Popular choices and cuts include round, princess, cushion, emerald, oval, marquise, heart, pear, and Asscher. Depending on the ring or piece of jewelry you are hoping to complete, different shapes make excellent choices.
The first of the famed 4 ‘C’s is carat, which is the unit of weight for diamonds. Diamonds can range from a fraction of a carat to multiple carats, and keep in mind that bigger is not always better (or more expensive).
Diamonds are rated on a scale from D to Z, with D being assigned to the whitest (most colorless) of diamonds and Z being assigned to the most yellow diamonds, and everything in between being on that spectrum. Some people prefer less color, while other people like the more yellow diamonds. Some diamonds also come in more unique colors like pink and chocolate.
The cut of a diamond refers to the symmetry and proportioning of the stone, not its overall shape. Diamonds of certain proportions reflect more light, and are therefore more sparkly. Cut ratings range from “excellent” to “poor,” with excellent diamonds having the most sparkle and brilliance.
The final ‘C’, clarity refers to the inclusions and blemishes or imperfections of a diamond. On a scale of “FL” (flawless) to “I” (included), diamonds in NYC are analyzed by professionals and graded based on their perfection. Ask if your diamond has been professionally graded and if you can see the documentation, or have a diamond analyzed by a jeweler in order to know exactly what you are looking at.
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