Selecting diamonds can be exciting. After all, these gleaming gems are stunning to look at and they can last for a whole lifetime, and even longer. Indeed, jewellery containing the precious stones is often passed down from generation to generation. Of course, before you go ahead and make your purchase, it is important that you know a little about the items. After all, you are spending your hard-earned money on them so it is vital you feel confident that you are getting the perfect offerings.

Any diamond expert will tell you to look out for the four Cs, these being clarity, carat, colour and cut. It is only by being familiar with these variables that you can appraise the value of diamonds with any degree of certainty.

Clarity refers to the quality of the stones in relation to the existence of internal characteristics called inclusions, as well as surface defects referred to as blemishes. Inclusions may be crystals of foreign material or another diamond crystal, or structural imperfections that have an impact on the appearance of the stone, such as small cracks. The clearer the diamond, in other words the fewer such imperfections it contains, the more valuable it is.

Meanwhile, carat is unit of measurement that refers to the mass of the gems. One carat is equal to 200mg. In general, the higher carat a stone is, the more it costs to buy.

Colour is also important, and this is fairly self-explanatory. The colour of diamonds can be affected by chemical impurities and structural defects in the crystal lattice. Depending on the intensity and hue of a stone’s colouration, it can either add to or detract from its value.

The final issue to bear in mind is cut and this is determined by the individuals responsible for shaping the items. A particular cut refers to a style or design guide used when shaping a gem for polishing. Among the shapes available are the round brilliant, the pear and the oval. Diamonds that are cut poorly are less luminous and thus less valuable. The most popular style among consumers at present is the round brilliant.

Armed with information like this, you should find it easier to select the perfect products. And, whether you are seeking diamond wedding rings or anything else, you should have total faith in your final decision.

Here at Marlows Certified Diamonds, we stock an array of such products, meaning you will not be stuck for choice. Indeed, whatever your budget and regardless of the purpose of the diamond you are after, you should not struggle to find the ideal item. So, to peruse our selection of eternity diamond rings and other such offerings, just take a look around the rest of our website.

As long as you do not rush your decision and you think carefully about what you are seeking in your gem, as well as taking into account your budget and other such issues, you can rest assured you will end up with the perfect diamond.