Friday, December 26, 2008

'Tis the Season to Be-Jeweled

Ah, the holidays ~ what a magical time to be engaged to the one you love. Are you in the market for the perfect ring that says, "I love you" a thousand different ways? Here are some tips while shopping for the perfect diamond.

Always remember the four "C"'s ~

1. Carat ~ 100 points = 1 carat, or 1/5 of a gram. It's rare for a stone to weigh more than one carat.
2 Color ~ Diamonds are typically white, although a completely white diamond is very rare. Colors go all the way to a yellowish stone, and colored diamonds are also becoming very popular. Other colors include blue, yellow, red, green and even brown or champagne.
3. Clarity ~ Clarity refers to the stone's natural imperfections. The fewer the flaws, the more expensive the stone. As most imperfections can only been seen under a magnifying glass, this is a good place to save money if you wish to purchase a larger stone.
4. Cut ~ All finished diamonds have 58 facets, which are small planes that reflect light. The better the cuts, the better the reflection. Common cuts are emerald, princess, oval, pear, marquis and heart, but the most common and usually the most reasonably priced is the round cut.

Don't feel limited to diamonds as your gemstone ~ many brides prefer sapphires, rubies, emeralds, or amethyst. Another possibility is a family heirloom.

Once you've found the perfect gemstone and setting, make sure you insure your investment ~ you'll be glad you did!

Congratulations and Best Wishes,


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