When you are looking for an engagement ring, diamond engagement rings to be specific, you will find a lot of choices out there, especially when you start looking at different engagement ring designs. So one way to cut through all the clutter and complete a first big step is to find your stone, and looking at loose diamonds is the way to get the best deal.
Most retailers will have multiple wholesale diamond dealers with whom they work. They can get any loose diamond you are looking for if you just give them a few details and some time to hunt. One important way to figure out what will make that special someone happy is to look at the so-called 4 C's of diamonds.
The first C stands for Carat, and that is the weight or mass of a stone. Different weights can have different looks and values depending on many factors.
The second C stands for Clarity, and that is a measure of how many imperfections, or inclusions, are in a diamond. They range from IF for Internally Flawless, through VVS and VS for very, slightly included, all the way to I for Included. A popular sweet spot for large, pretty solitaires is SI, which should be clean to the naked eye.
The third C is for Color, and it can be one of many determinations. White diamonds are judged from D, for perfectly white and clear, to L, which is slightly brown or yellow. There are other fancy colors, like Chocolate or Champagne, or even the exotic, expensive ones like Fancy Pink or Fancy Blue. Those can really shoot up the value of a stone.
The final C is for Cut, and there are a lot of things to look at here. First, there are the diamond shapes, like round brilliant, princess (square), pear, and marquis. There are other diamond shapes out there, including some custom cut. Those can vary a price both up or down.
Another, often overlooked part of the last C is the quality of the cut. This is given a rate from Poor, through Fair and Good, to Excellent. It looks at the quality of the polish, the precision of the cuts, and the proportions of the facets. Since what you are ultimately looking for is something that sparkles, something that really plays with light on someone's hand, this aspect can outweigh both clarity and color.
Buying loose diamonds for diamond engagement rings does not have to be intimidating. A loose diamond retailer is going to have access to wholesale diamond dealers, and that can save you money, while still guaranteeing quality. Most importantly, it will help you see that happiness when you give it to the person you love