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The perfect ring

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14 May 2015
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Finding the perfect ring is like finding the perfect man; it's best to take your time, not succumb to external pressure; and when you've find one, be certain, because the rest of your natural life is a long time. There are four 'Cs' that every lady needs to know concerning diamonds.

Cut
Cut doesn't refer to a diamond's shape (e.g. round, oval, pear, etc.) but to a diamond's proportions, symmetry and polish. The beauty of a diamond depends more on cut than any other factor.


Colour

Diamonds come in a variety of colors, some of them highly prized (pinks, blues, even yellow). However in a white diamond, the presence of a yellow tint will lower the price of a diamond. The less body colour in a white diamond, the more true colour it will reflect, and thus the greater its value.

Clarity
Because they are formed deep within the earth, under extreme heat and pressure; virtually all diamonds contain "birthmarks", which are small imperfections inside the diamond (called inclusions), or on its surface (called blemishes). Clarity refers to the degree to which these imperfections are present. Diamonds which contain numerous or significant inclusions or blemishes have less brilliance because the flaws interfere with the path of light through the diamond.

Carats
Diamonds are sold by the carat (shown as ct.), which is actually a unit of weight, though most think of a carat in terms of size.

Rings also come in many different shapes. Below is a handy diagram that shows the most popular ones.

diamond-shape

Most ladies want to be surprised instead of going shopping for the ring with their future husband. Next week, look out for ways to hint at the type of ring you want, so he doesn't make the wrong choice.

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