When you start shopping for an engagement ring, it is important to keep in mind the "4 Cs." The "Four Cs" of diamonds stand for Carat, Cut, Clarity, and Color. Here are more details on each:
Carat weight is how a diamond is measured and is the size of the diamond.
Cut is how well the diamond has been cut and includes the height, depth, angles, and other factors. It affects the diamond's symmetry, brightness, fire, and how sparkly the diamond appears.
Clarity is how many blemishes or inclusions and is judged on a 6 point scale from included to flawless.
Color is judged on a scale from D (no hue) to Z (a yellow hued diamond).
Keep these Four Cs in mind when shopping for an engagement ring because they will affect a fifth c, the cost. Work with a qualified jeweler to find the best ring for you and your fiance!