Guide to Diamond Engagement Ring Terms

Congratulations! You’ve begun shopping for a diamond engagement ring, or at least you’re starting to do your research. As you go through the process, you’re going to come across diamond terms and concepts, some that you never knew before. We want to make the diamond buying process easier for you. So, here’s a list of frequently used diamond terms and their explanations, in one simple, handy cheat sheet.


Cushion Cut Diamond: An Old And New Classic

The cushion cut diamond has a long history – it is one of the oldest diamond shapes and cutting styles – and is once again popular. In fact, it was the third most popular diamond shape in 2013 according to a survey conducted by The Knot.


Diamond Clarity Chart: The Official GIA Diamond Clarity Scale

As you’re shopping for a diamond, you’ve already heard about the importance of the 4Cs of diamond quality (color, clarity, cut, and carat weight) and the role they play in determining a diamond’s value.  You may have also come across our post on diamond color charts, and are now looking for a diamond clarity chart to help you better understand and remember the clarity grade terms used by jewelers.


Diamond Color Chart: The Official GIA Color Scale

As you’re shopping for diamonds, a diamond color chart comes in handy if you’re trying to understand the subtle color differences of D-to-Z diamonds. A simple online search for “diamond color chart” delivers a host of different graphics showing the relationship between diamond color and the respective color grade. The one thing nearly all these diamond charts have in common is that they’re derived from one standard – the GIA Color Scale.


Under the Scope: Unique Diamond Inclusions

Imagine the diamond that is perfect for you. Is it a colorless and flawless round brilliant stunner? Perhaps you’re partial to a Fancy Vivid pink diamond? Or maybe you treasure an heirloom diamond jewelry piece with an old mine cut?

We have compiled a unique list of diamond inclusions that are so interesting and distinctive that they just might cause you to have second thoughts about your dream diamond.


How Light Affects a Diamond’s Appearance

“Shine bright like a diamond,” is a phrase that can be understood in a variety of ways, depending on the diamond light source. In fact, there’s often a noticeable change in how a diamond appears in sunlight, in candlelight, and under artificial light. This change proves the importance of understanding how light affects a diamond’s appearance.

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