By now, you're pretty familiar with a diamond's famed Four C's: carat, clarity, cut and color. But, what you may not have known, is that there are more than just four C's. In fact, there are four other C's that are equally important when choosing the stone you wish to set in your engagement ring. Here, an outline of what those added four C's actually mean.
Certification: Just as important as the clarity and color is that your ring's diamond is certified. When you purchase an engagement ring it should be certified, with a written record from the International Gemological Institute outlining its weight, great, and any other visible characteristics.
Care: If you're choosing to purchase a diamond engagement ring, than it will be the easiest to clean because of this gem's inherent hardness (others, like sapphires and rubies, are a lot softer and thus harder to maintain). But you also need to think about the setting: a raised setting is more susceptible to damage because it's not as secure where a bezel-set stone, or a channel-set stone, are hugged by the metal and therefore more easily guarded from outside elements getting in the way of you and your jewel!
Cost: This may seem obvious, but cost can become a major concern when you're on a tight budget. Weigh the options and see which C can give a lot to maximize the price tag.
Comfort: Another one that may seem obvious, but whichever shape or size you go with, it needs to feel natural. The worst thing you can do is purchase a ring that weighs your hand down or irritates you to the point of wanting to take it off.