Understanding the 4C’s Before Buying an Engagement Ring in Houston, TX

Tips in Buying an Engagement Ring

Engagement rings HoustonIt’s not just the festive season that’s almost upon us but the peak proposal season, too. Christmas Eve is the most popular day of the year for men to propose, with New Year’s Eve not far behind. Experts say those popping the question don’t necessarily need to spend more to get bigger diamonds or more impressive jewellery, they just need to know a few tricks of the trade. Before you start diamond engagement ring shopping in Houston, TX you need to understand the “4Cs”: cut, colour, clarity and carat.

Cut

Cut is the defining factor for how much a stone sparkles and a well-cut stone will look larger, hide flaws and be more brilliant than a poorly cut one. Go for the very best you can afford. A better cut means more sparkle. If you’re on a limited budget, focus on getting the best cut for your money. Diamond cut is normally ranked excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. Some retailers will have their own “signature cut” grading level above excellent.

Colour

The colour of diamonds ranges from D to Z. D is fully colourless so the best and rarest, but only a diamond expert can tell the difference between a D and G colour diamond, so those on a tight budget should opt for a G or H. This can be a confusing tone if you are a new buyer. You can ask your jeweler to give you other tips about the color that will be perfect for your girl. You need to understand this so that you can have the right engagement ring color to buy.

Clarity

This refers to blemishes and inclusions and each diamond will have a clarity rating. Your fiance isn’t going to study it under a magnifying glass and most inclusions will only be visible to experts. You have to know this so that you can easily get the best ring for your girl. So make sure that you know how to understand the clarity of ring that you will be buying.

Carat

Jewellers know that people are much more likely to buy a one carat diamond than a stone that comes in just under. Nice round numbers are known as ‘magic numbers’, but by dipping just below them you can make big savings with very little noticeable difference to how big the stone looks. So this is how you can save when you know what carat to get when buying engagement ring in Houston.

Rice Village Diamonds
2376 Rice Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 526-1510

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