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Cut is a way of talking about the proportions and polishing of the diamond. Every cut diamond has several sides, or facets, which give the diamond its shape. A well-cut stone refracts light between its different facets before bouncing back out of the ring. This use of light gives the diamond its sparkle (or ‘fire’) and shows off the beauty of the stone.

The numerous of settings are available for the diamond rings. The settings define a ring in various beautiful aspects than the regular make. There are number of settings available that offer a ring variety of looks and hence, can vary for the style.

Platinum, like gold, is marked by its purity. The US Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, distinguishes the amount of pure platinum in parts per thousand. Any piece of jewelry that is marked at least 950 parts per thousand of pure platinum can be called “platinum.” If the piece of jewelry only contains 850 or 900 parts, it will be marked with a “Plat” or “Pt.” If the other “part” of mixed metals is at least 500 parts per thousand, it will also be indicated on the piece.

The diamond Clarity is about the inclusions inside and on the surface of the diamond. Little flaws and blemishes will of course prevent a diamond to shine at its maximum. Clarity ranges from D to Z.

If you are out shopping, wander into a jewelry store under the guise of some errand for yourself. This will work best if you work this out ahead of time with someone behind the counter. Arrange to have the clerk assist her or at least take clear notice of what she was eying. Have another clerk keep you fully engaged so that your intended truly believes you are not paying any attention to her whatsoever. Maybe the clerk helping her can even steer her toward the engagement rings and gather some information for you. This way you can get information about what she likes without her ever knowing that you are shopping for a ring.