How do you go about choosing the best diamond for your partner’s wedding or engagement ring? When in doubt, keep the four “C”s in mind: cut, color, clarity, and carat. The team with Mark Broumand can help you explore its current roster of diamonds with the four “C”s in mind, ensuring you walk away with a one-of-a-kind, stunning stone.
Mark Broumand can help you customize the setting you pair your perfect diamond with, courtesy of the team’s design gallery. Whether you want to bring home an eternity band or build your partner’s perfect diamond ring from scratch, you can count on our team to ensure your diamond of choice makes a big impression.
Read more to learn about our standards for diamond quality and the tricks you can use to choose the best diamond for your partner.
Know the Four “C”s
When it comes time for you to choose a diamond to represent your and your partner’s relationship, you have to consider the four “C”s: diamond cut, color, clarity, and carat.
The cut of a diamond serves as one of the most identifying distinguishers between the stones available on today’s market. As such, it’s particularly difficult for industry professionals to distinguish between the value of different cuts. That said, the practice isn’t impossible. Today’s vendors tend to evaluate the cut of a diamond based on the following features:
- Diamond brightness
- Diamond fire or white light
The GIA rates each of these features on a five-grade scale, ranging from Poor to Excellent, to determine what impact the diamond’s cut has on the value of the jewelry it’s attached to.
When we discuss the color of a diamond, we don’t refer to artificial coloration or even alternative gemstones. Instead, the color of a diamond refers to the hue of the stone. Ideally, you want a diamond that is clear or otherwise lacking in any hue.
That said, there are diamonds in a wide range of colors available on today’s market. The GIA rates its diamonds’ colors on a D-to-Z scale. As you might suspect, Z-rated diamonds can look yellow, whereas D-rated diamonds tend to be perfectly see-through.
You don’t have to invest in a D-rated diamond to impress your partner with the color of your stone of choice. You can, however, work with Mark Broumand to learn more about the color of your diamond of choice.
It may surprise you to learn that many of today’s most beautiful diamonds aren’t, by industry standards, undamaged or perfect. The GIA Diamond Clarity Scale sorts today’s diamonds into six categories and 11 grades, dictating as it does the quality of the diamond rings that today’s vendors have for sale.
Even though this scale can make some forms of diamond imperfections sound severe, it can be difficult for the untrained eye to identify the flaws in even some of the lowest-grade diamonds. That said, a diamond with a higher rating on the scale may cost more than a diamond with inclusions due to the value applied to better-quality diamonds by the diamond industry.
The categories into which your partner’s diamond may fall can include the following:
- Flawless, FL
- Internally Flawless, IF
- Very, Very Slightly Included, VVS1 and VVS2
- Very Slightly Included, VS1 and VS2
- Slightly Included, SI1 and SI2
- Included, I1, I2, and I3
It’s of course important to discuss the quality of a diamond’s clarity with Mark Broumand before investing in a particular ring.
The term “carat” is perhaps the most recognizable of all of the descriptors used to distinguish one diamond from another. In general, professionals in the diamond industry define “carat” as a measurement of 200 milligrams. Diamond professionals break the value of a carat down into 100 points so as to more accurately value the diamonds on high-value pieces.
What’s more, some carat weights are considered particularly valuable or marketable. Full, half, and three-quarters carats make up some of the most popular diamonds available on today’s wedding and engagement rings. That said, the price of a diamond ring tends to increase based on its carats.
What does that mean for the average shopper? It means that while a higher-carat diamond may make a greater impression on someone’s hand, you’ll pay more for a heavier diamond. You can work with Mark Broumand representatives to determine the exact impact a diamond’s carats will have on your preferred ring’s price point.
Choosing the Best Diamond for Your Engagement and Wedding Bands
When it comes time for you to choose a diamond engagement or wedding ring for your partner, you can rest easy knowing that you don’t have to evaluate a ring’s cut, carat, color, or clarity on your own. You can work with experienced professionals, like those with Mark Broumand, to determine the overall value of a ring you know your partner will love.
When in doubt, you can also discuss the look of a diamond engagement or wedding ring with your partner. You can keep the overall look of a ring a surprise while still getting a feel for your partner’s preferred cut, metal setting, clarity, and color. Once you have a list of preferences, you can explore Mark Broumand’s catalog to find the ring of your partner’s dreams.
Mark Broumand Boasts a Wide Selection of High-Quality Diamond Rings
It can be difficult to determine the quality of the diamond you’re most interested in without a professional’s help. The good news is that the staff with Mark Broumand are trained to help you choose a diamond based on the carat, clarity, color, and cut that suits you best. We can help you browse our catalog with your ideal aesthetic and budgetary concerns in mind.
If you’re ready to explore the wide range of diamond engagement and wedding rings on the market today, look no further than Mark Broumand’s selection of high-quality diamond rings. You can customize your partner’s eternity band or select a band from our collection today. Contact us to learn more about our selection of diamonds and metals.