When it comes to engagement ring diamonds, you should know “the four C's” -- cut, color, clarity, and carat. Shopping for engagement rings can seem daunting, but the trick is to learn a bit of engagement ring vocabulary.
The cut refers to the angles of the facets in the stone, which determines the diamond's brilliance and shape. Color, obviously, refers to the stone's hue. Diamonds can run the gamut of colors from colorless to light yellow or brown. Clarity depends on how free of imperfections the engagement ring stone is. Carat refers to the diamond's size.
Another important factor in shopping for engagement rings is metal. You can find engagement bands in a variety of metals, including platinum, gold, titanium, palladium, and even recycled metals. Once you've figured out your stone's style, it's time to determine the ring's setting. Some of the most popular engagement ring settings are prong,bezel and channel.