First, don't start by focusing solely on the stone, instead look at settings. What setting you choose can drastically impact the overall look of your diamond. Do you want something modern or traditional? Do you prefer the look of a single stone or a band of diamonds? Before you start looking at all the pretty sparkles the ring holds, make sure that your setting lends itself to the overall style you are looking for. For example, both cathedral and solitaire settings are great for brides wanting to really let a single stone sparkle, but a cathedral setting has a thicker band and the stone appears to sit deeper in the ring. A channel setting allows for a band of diamonds, whereas the traditional three-stone setting beautifully symbolizes the past, present, and future of the engaged couple.
Second, consider the diamond's shape. When making this decision, think about your style, the size stone you want, what rings you admire, your hand shape, and whether or not you want your ring to have maximum sparkle. Some shapes, such as round have many facets, so your diamond will shine!
Lastly, let's break down those oft-mentioned "4Cs." Cut simply refers to the diamond's particular ability to reflect light. Clarity ratings measure the number of inclusions (internal flaws) in a diamond. A diamond's color is actually how close it is to being colorless. Colorless diamonds are the most valuable, while cloudy or yellowed white diamonds are the least valuable. And lastly, carat is the measurement of a diamond's weight.