The 4 C’s of Love
Where does forever begin? Is it the moment you both say ‘I do’ or is it the moment you first lock eyes?
No matter what you consider to be the beginning of your love story, the truth is there’s nothing more special than the moment you both make it official. Your engagement story is one your friends and family will beg you to tell over and over again for years to come. So how do you make sure you get it just right?
The engagement ring, is a great place to start!
The 4 C’s are GIA’s most trusted system of grading which ensures that you and your beloved encapsulate an exemplary symbol of each other’s love by picking out the perfect diamond. So what are the 4 C’s?
When picking out diamonds, the globally accepted standard for categorizing them are Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. Although each category is completely different, they are each extremely important when it comes to knowing what you are purchasing and how much it is actually worth.
Let us briefly go over each category in order to better understand why each one is so essential.
Color refers to the absence of color itself. Meaning, the purer the diamond the more visibility it will obtain. Just like your drinking water, you want the diamond of your choosing to be as translucent as possible in order to attain that lovely sparkle! When discussing Clarity, we are referring to the occurrence of small abnormalities that can occur in the anatomical structure of the diamond. These irregular formations occur when small crystals are trapped within the diamond during its natural development. While no diamond is 100% pure, the more clarity it possesses, the more valuable it is. Perhaps the most intricate out of all these categories is Cut. While it may seem that this category refers purely to the shape of the diamond, cut actually refers to its ability to transmit and reflect light. A diamond’s ability to do so relies heavily on its physical attributes such as: crown height, table size, girdle thickness etc. Lastly, perhaps one of our favorite categories is Carat Weight. This is because even if two diamonds are exactly the same in regard to cut, clarity and color, the carat weight will be the deciding factor in determining which is more valuable. A single carat weighs 200 milligrams and was originally based off the weight of a carob seed, which was used as a counterbalance when weighing diamonds back in the day. This is still the most widely used measurement to date.
It goes without saying that love cannot be measured by color, clarity, cut or even carat weight, yet people have been proposing with these precious stones for thousands of years because diamonds represent a long-term commitment that goes far beyond words or physical affection. Knowing everything about the diamond you get engaged with makes it all the more special and memorable when that momentous evening comes around, giving a deeper meaning to the phrase “Diamonds are forever.”