The 5 C’s To Diamonds

Tis the season for engagements! Learn the basics to diamond shopping in preparation for your Christmas proposal. 

Engagements are ever so popular over the holiday period. It’s a time to celebrate with your nearest and dearest, so it makes sense to up the ante and pop the question. But before you get down on one knee, you should definitely do your homework! Other than finding out your other half’s personal taste, it’s important to know what to look for when shopping for a diamond ring. Your first step is the 5 c’s and we’ve broken down for you below.

1. Cut

While the cut of a diamond does somewhat refer to its shape, it more importantly refers to how well light will reflect on the diamond. It is also the only C that is made by man, so the value and beauty of the diamond will rely on how skilled the cutter is.

A group of different cut diamonds placed on a purple backdrop

2. Colour

This one is a little more self-explanatory. Colour does simply refer to the colour of the diamond. After the cut, it is generally considered the second most important element of a diamond ring. According the Blue Nile, the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA) colour scale is the leading industry standard for colour grading diamonds. They grade diamonds on a scale of D essentially colourless to Z which can be light yellow or even brown. Obviously you want to get as close to D as your budget will allow.

3. Clarity

Another tricky one! Clarity does not refer to the colour but rather how flawless the diamond is. The less imperfections like scratches, cracks or chips, the more valuable it is. So naturally you’ll want to find a diamond that is as flawless as possible.

A women holding a coffee mug with a big engagement ring on her finger

4. Carat

Now you’ve all surely heard of this one before – remember Kim K’s 20 carat diamond ring that got stolen in Paris? Well you’d know by now that the higher the carat, the bigger the bling and 20 carats is a bit of a whopper. Carat refers to the weight of the diamond. Just remember, bigger isn’t always better when it comes to diamonds.

5. Certificate/Confidence

The final c that you need to consider is confidence in the form of your diamond certificate. Be careful you check the certificate matches the diamond. It’s important to shop with a reputable jeweler so you know your money is being well spent.

Now we’ve got the 5 c’s down pat, have a read at our top Christmas proposal ideas here.