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The 4 C’s of Diamond Buying
Choosing jewelry that is timeless and high quality should be a priority when looking for that perfect diamond. Anyone diamond shopping should become familiar with the 4 C’s of diamond Buying.
How to Buy a Diamond
- Emerald diamonds are rectangular with trimmed corners. Additional, supplementary stones are commonly used with emerald diamonds.
- Pear diamonds are sometimes referred to as ‘teardrop’ diamonds. Pear diamonds are popular for pendants and earrings as well as rings. They are prime choices for engagement rings.
- Heart diamonds are rarer than most other shapes. They are popular for earrings and pendants.
- Marquise diamonds are slim and oval-shaped, and have tapered, pointed ends. Marquise diamonds are commonly seen in bridal sets.
- Radiant diamonds are square-shaped with barely-trimmed corners to enhance brilliance.
- Princess diamonds are square-shaped, yet their corners are not trimmed. They are popular diamonds for engagement rings.
- Round diamonds are incredibly versatile and are used in a variety of engagement rings and bridal sets.
- Oval diamonds create a strong focal point on the finger. They are used in a variety of jewelry settings.
Ring Settings for Loose Diamonds
- Prong settings place emphasis on the diamond itself rather than the metal supporting it. The prongs hold the diamond securely while allowing the diamond to be exposed to light.
- A bezel setting is a collar wrapped around the side of the diamond. The setting is attached to the ring and rises upward to encapsulate the diamond.
- Channel settings are used when a ring features several diamonds around the circumference. Channel settings create a housing on both sides with the diamonds inserted in the middle.
- Pavè settings allow the ring to appear paved in diamonds on its surface.
- Bead settings are comparable to Pavè settings, yet the diamonds are spaced farther apart allowing the gold work to appear more prominent.