THE FOUR CS

IF YOU’RE IN THE MAR­KET FOR AN EN­GAGE­MENT RING, YOU’VE PROB­A­BLY HEARD THESE MEN­TIONED. A LOT. HERE’S WHAT THEY MEAN – AND WHY THEY MAT­TER.

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CUT

This is all about the shape and po­si­tion of the diamond’s facets – con­sid­ered to be the most im­por­tant fac­tor in a stone’s beauty. Tif­fany & Co. puts a pre­mium on a stone’s beauty and the cut­ters al­ways go for beauty over weight.

CLAR­ITY

A stone is said to be in­ter­nally flaw­less if, when viewed un­der a mi­cro­scope, there are no vis­i­ble in­ter­nal flaws – things like cloudi­ness – or ex­ter­nal scratches or nicks. Ab­so­lutely flaw­less di­a­monds are in­cred­i­bly rare.

CARAT

This one, you prob­a­bly know. It refers to the weight of a diamond, with one carat equal to 0.2g. Heav­ier di­a­monds are not al­ways more valu­able, as other fac­tors like cut and colour also need to be taken into ac­count.

COLOUR

Clas­sic en­gage­ment rings are colour­less. Ev­ery diamond is graded from ‘D’ (colour­less) to ‘Z’ (sat­u­rated). Tif­fany & Co. only ac­cepts di­a­monds with a grad­ing of ‘I’ level (near colour­less) or bet­ter.

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