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What To Look For In A Diamond Ring: The 4Cs

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing a diamond ring for that special someone.

Other than the style and visual beauty, there are several things to look for in a diamond ring. Whether you are choosing a diamond ring for your loved one or  your are choosing it together, you must consider these 4Cs – cut, colour, clarity and carat.

Known as the universal language, cut, colour, clarity and carat is the best way to find the ideal diamond.  Knowing each of the 4Cs will help you determine what diamond fits your style and budget. Knowing what to look for in a diamond ring will make your choice much easier, and below are these descriptions in more detail to help you in your quest in purchasing that perfect diamond ring.

What To Look For In A Diamond Ring


Different to the shape of the diamond, the cut determines how well the diamond unleashes light. The cut is the greatest influence of the diamond’s sparkle and this should be an important consideration when choosing your diamond. If a diamond is poorly cut, it can appear dull and not be as sparkly. With the scale starting at poor/fair, good, very good and ideal, choosing a diamond that is cut ‘very good’ or ‘ideal’ will ensure that it will have a great sparkle.


Colour grades of a diamond start from colourless to the presence of noticeable yellow colour. With D being the highest colour grade, and Z being the lowest, purchasing a diamond that is higher on the scale will ensure there is little or no colour. To avoid pale yellow colour, it is advised to choose a diamond that is H or higher. With the naked eye not being able to distinguish between letters such as G-H or I-J, this can help you purchase a diamond less in price but still a great colour.


The clarity of a diamond is the absence of inclusions and blemishes. With the surface flaws known as the blemishes and internal defects known as inclusions, these tiny imperfections can only be sen with a microscope not effecting the beauty of the diamond. The diamonds with the least and smallest inclusions get the highest grades which start at FL (flawless – less than 1% of diamonds are FL clarity), IF (Internally Flawless), VVS1, VVS2 (very very slightly included), VS1, VS2 (very slightly included) and SI2, SI1 (slightly included diamonds).


Known as the weight, this does not necessarily mean the size of the diamond. The larger the carat, the higher the cost of the diamond, however if you get a diamond that is poorly cut, a smaller diamond that is well cut may look bigger than a higher carat diamond.

What To Look For In A Diamond Ring

Taking into consideration these tips will help you find a diamond that is the best for you and fits in your budget. Making sure you consider the most important tip for you will help you get the most out of your price tag.

Having this knowledge will make your experience less overwhelming and this knowledge will you choose the perfect diamond that will be cherished by you or your loved one forever.

Once they’ve said yes, it’s time to pick the venue! Chat to the team at Ballara Receptions to take a tour of the venue and to secure your wedding date.