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Diamonds have a secure spot as the top engagement and wedding ring gem. Their monetary and aesthetic value can’t be denied, which is why so many people opt for this stunning option. But understanding more about these sparkling jewels can help you choose the right one for your diamond engagement ring.

How Is a Natural Diamond Formed?

About 3 billion years ago, heat and pressure in the Earth’s mantle crystallized carbon atoms to create diamonds. Then over time, those diamonds were brought to the surface by deep-source volcanic eruptions.

The pressure under which diamonds were formed gave them a hardened exterior that has allowed them to be mined and turned into jewelry. Their age and finite numbers give them their value.

How Do You Choose a Diamond?

Even though diamonds are beautiful and valuable, not every diamond is created equal. And if you choose a lackluster diamond for your ring, you may be left unhappy. Luckily, gems have a few guiding characteristics to help you choose the best option, known as the four Cs:

  • Cut: Cut refers to the proportion, dimensions, and reflective surfaces of a diamond. The better the cut, the more the gem will sparkle.

  • Color: A diamond can have color, be near colorless, or be colorless. Less color is usually preferable.

  • Clarity: Natural gems can have inclusions and imperfections that lessen the gems’ values. While you likely won’t be able to find a gem with no imperfections, you can look for one that doesn’t have visible imperfections or inclusions.

  • Carat: This refers to the weight of the diamond. Naturally, bigger diamonds are usually more expensive.

You can learn more about these characteristics and how to choose the best one on our info page. When you understand these qualities, you can feel more confident when you choose the diamond for your ring.

What Are the Benefits of Diamonds?

Diamonds aren’t popular just because of their status. The gems have unbeatable durability, or hardness, that makes them perfect options for everyday jewelry, like wedding or engagement rings. The clear or almost clear color of diamonds also pairs perfectly with a wide variety of metals, so you can ensure that your ring is designed to suit your unique style.

The more you know about diamonds, the better prepared you’ll be to choose the perfect one for your own ring.

Reach out to eWedding Bands to learn more about choosing the right gem for your ring or to begin custom making your wedding ring.