If you are planning on buying your special someone a diamond engagement ring, there are a few important aspects that you should make yourself aware of.
After all, this is not something that you want to get wrong, as the ring you buy will ultimately be a permanent symbol of the most important relationship in your life.
Happily for you, there are some universal rules on buying diamond rings that can help to make the process far more simple and straightforward.
The Four C's
More than anything else, it is vital that you acquaint yourself with the Four C's before you go shopping for diamond engagement rings. The Four C's in question are: cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. They are all very important when it comes to assessing quality, however; the cut is generally acknowledged as being a diamond's defining characteristic.
The cut is the only characteristic of a diamond that is not influenced by nature; therefore it can be affected by mistakes and bad practices. In fact, it is how the tiny planes cut on the diamond's surface are angled and sized that dictate how well light will reflect and exit the stone. This effect is known as "fire". If the cuts are too deep or too shallow, a diamond will be less brilliant and therefore have less 'fire'.
So, before you go shopping for engagement rings (and consequently, wedding rings); make sure you give yourself a "head's up" well in advance.