The 4Cs Of Picking Out An Engagement Ring

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Marilyn Monroe famously sang, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend." That line couldn't be truer as your significant other presents you with a gorgeous rock in the form of an engagement ring.

But have you ever wondered what goes into picking the right diamond for your ring? There is a science to it, something known as the "4Cs". If you haven't heard of the acronym yet, here is Harsanik's simple breakdown that will come in handy as you—or your fiancé to be!—are imagining the ring of your dreams.

Engagement Rings

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Diamonds may generally appear to be "clear," but in fact, they are not as "colorless" as you think. Stones may have a faint yellow or brown hue to it, and the less color it has, the more it impacts the price of the overall diamond.

Diamond Color

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Think of this "C" as the one that refers to the actual look of the diamond in your engagement ring. And based on the cut, the light will hit the stone in a variety of ways and affect its sparkle. Bottom line, there are ideal cuts—some say the round cut is best for brilliance—but the perfect cut is the one that will end up on your ring finger!

Diamond Cuts

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Because of their makeup, diamonds sometimes have little flaws such as scratches and bubbles that may or may not be visible to the naked eye. The less of these mostly microscopic internal dings, the more valuable and close-to-perfect the stone is.

Diamond Clarity

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The size of the diamond is essentially what makes up the carats. You may have heard the dimensions mentioned as one, two, three or more carats. But remember, if the size is big, it doesn't actually mean the stone has a good composition. The other Cs are important here, as the color, cut and clarity are a part of overall pricing of the stone. If you're looking to get a bigger diamond, make sure you take into account all of the Cs before making the final choice.

Diamond Carat

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Now that you've got the 4Cs down, find out the meaning assigned to each diamond shape! What is your ideal engagement ring? Share in the comments section below or tag us on social media (@Harsanikcom). 

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