Are you planning on buying a precious stone for an engagement ring or a wedding band? There are certain basic details that you need to be aware of before you step into a store to make your purchase. Remember a precious stone is not just a purchase; it is a huge investment and is often also compared against your sense of taste. Therefore, here are a few of the basic details that you need to know thoroughly before you go ahead with your investment.
Know the 4 C’s
The 4 C’s is something that is very often miscommunicated. Many buyers go in without having the correct knowledge about what this stands for. The 4 C’s refer to colour, clarity, cut and carat. If you try to make a purchase without knowing what exactly these indicate you may end up purchasing something that the salesperson persuaded you to get instead of that which you really intended to purchase.
What you need to know about the colour is that the finest diamond rings for sale will contain colourless stones. The stones are usually graded by individuals who have professional qualifications to do so. There is a particular scale which ranges from D to Z along which the precious stones will be graded. If you are looking to purchase a good stone which is reasonably priced, stick to the range starting from D to I. You can always directly ask this from the particular store that you have chosen for the purchase.
The clarity of a precious stone is exactly what the word means. Clarity indicates the characteristics on the exterior and interior of the stone, which are also called “blemishes” and “inclusions” among professionals. Most stores that offer fine jewellery for sale will always stick to the stones with the highest amount of clarity. The clarity of a stone is listed as below 10x magnification. Some of the features pertaining to clarity can be seen without the help of a magnifying lens. These features usually include tiny cracks, flaws, crystallizations or even bubble-like formations.
The cut of a precious stone is crucial. A correctly cut stone will shine and sparkle even though it may not have the best clarity. If a stone is cut correctly, the light will come in at the top and leave from the top too. If a stone is cut too deeply or too little, it will lose light from all surfaces, giving the stone a dull appearance.
Carat is the unit of measurement for the weight and the size of a stone. The important thing to know is that whilst you may get a precious stone of impressive dimensions, if you are only counting the carats, you may not get the most attractive precious stone. Even if you are not able to buy a stone that is large on your budget, it is better to be the proud owner of a much smaller precious stone which has better quality.