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What Are the 4 Cs of a Diamond?

These Graphics Explain the 4 Cs So Well, Your SO Might as Well Buy That Ring Now

What Are the 4 Cs of a Diamond?

Whether you spotted it on a celebrity or saw it on Pinterest, you probably definitely have an idea of the type of engagement ring you want. But there's more to shopping for a ring than just how pretty or sparkly it is — though your first impressions are important too.

Backtrack and you will remember hearing about the 4 Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat. These words are tossed around by jewelers and diamond fanatics alike, but what do they actually mean? We tapped the COO and cofounder of JamesAllen.com, Dean Lederman, to find out. Not only is he an expert on diamonds, but his explanation of the 4 Cs will also make ring shopping so much easier. Heck, I even designed my dream engagement ring (purely for work reasons, of course) on the site with his help. Ahead, bookmark, print, or pin the easy diamond guides. Then, discreetly send over to your SO.

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