It’s that time of year, with Valentine’s Day coming up, that people are looking for engagement rings. To find engagement rings under 2000 would be a blessing. Diamond engagement rings, gold engagement rings, sapphire engagement rings, and other engagement rings aren’t cheap. Pawn shops are a great resource when you are looking for a beautiful engagement ring for an affordable price.
4Cs of Diamond Engagement Rings
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) coined the term 4Cs to help people understand the four main characteristics of a diamond: color, clarity, cut, and carat weight.
1. Diamond Color – the Lack of Color
A diamond clear as a drop of water is a diamond with no color. Clear diamonds are valued higher than a diamond with some color. All diamonds are evaluated, from D (diamonds with no color) to Z (diamond with color).
When the color of a diamond is evaluated, it is compared to “master stones” to determine the absence of color, and gives the diamond a rating.
2. Diamond Clarity
Diamond are made from high pressure, and extreme temperatures. During the process, diamonds get inclusions (substances, spots, etc. included in the structure of the diamond) and blemishes (external characteristics) within. The internal and external elements need to be evaluated by size, nature, position, and relief. The inclusions and blemishes effect on the appearance of the gem determines its value.
After the evaluation of the blemishes and inclusions, a clarity rating is given.
3. Diamond Cuts
Of the 4Cs evaluating the diamond characteristics, the cut is the most important. A quality cut affects how the diamond sparkles and transmits light. Some diamonds are cut round, heart-shaped, oval, marquise, and pear. To the naked eye, the diamond cut interacts with the light and gives it the sparkle that is highly sought after. A skilled gem cutter will know precisely how to cut a diamond, so it interacts with the light to enhance its beauty and value.
4. Carat weight
A carat is defined as 200 milligrams when weighing a diamond. The weight of a diamond is given within a hundredth decimal place. Larger diamonds are rarer, and thus more valuable and desirable.
Buying a diamond from a pawn shop doesn’t change the value of the diamond. The pawn shop will have pawn brokers or gemologists who understand how the 4Cs are used to determine its quality.
Impressive Diamond Rings, Wedding Rings, and Engagement Ring Settings
Gemstones and diamonds make the perfect ring for the bride to be. How the diamond or gems are set in the ring affects the price and appearance.
A bezel setting using a precious metal like gold or white gold is wider and thicker. The bezel is a single ring of metal around the entire circumference of the gemstone being set.
A prone setting uses claw-type action to secure the diamond or larger stone in an engagement ring.
Any setting is used to highlight the diamond in an engagement ring. The setting is designed to improve the aesthetic of the engagement ring, whether in halo, solitaire, or three stone setting.
A simple solitaire design may be the best option for the best value of a diamond engagement ring.
Lincoln Pawn and Jewelry
Lincoln Pawn and Jewelry has options for purchasing an engagement ring on a budget. If you are looking for an engagement ring under 2000, they can help. Dreams are made at Lincoln Pawn and Jewelry with the help of their expert pawn brokers.
They have wedding bands, platinum rings, classic solitaire rings, and elegant princess cut rings for the right person.
Lincoln Pawn and Jewelry accepts fine jewelry, gold, rose gold, white gold, silver, gold bullion, diamonds, luxury handbags, designer watches, and other valuable items for sale and pawn. They also have a large selection of pre-owned rings, and luxury items at affordable prices that will save money.