START WITH THE BASICS

A simple guide to understanding diamond engagement rings.

THE STONE

Diamonds at their best represent beauty, strength, and unconditional love. It is the physical representation of the bond shared between couples. It holds a story and reflects the personality of the relationship you have with your loved one.

STONE SHAPE

The first step when choosing a stone is selecting a shape. All shapes have different features that make them unique.

Cushion Classic Antique
TOO SHALLOW

CUT

Cut and shape have taken on the same meaning when discussing diamonds; this is not strictly correct. There are many different shape diamonds but really just two types of cut; brilliant cut and step cut.

COLOR

The more colorless a diamond, the greater its rarity and value. The diamond color scale begins with D [colorless] and descends to Z [considerable yellow].

D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N

CLARITY

Clarity grades attempt to define the quantity, size, and position of inclusions and impurities in a diamond when examined under 10x magnification.

F
VVS
VS
SI
I
.75
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
4.5
5

CARAT

This is the standard measure used for diamond weight. 1.00 carat = .20 grams.