Choosing the Right Center Stone

When it comes to engagement rings, the center stone is the main event. It’s one of the first things people notice. There are plenty of options for center stones: color, clarity, cut all vary in every stone. Not to mention, the stone itself can be different! Whether you’re looking for a petite colored gemstone or a dazzling diamond center stone is up to you, we’re here to help you find it.

Finding the Right Stone ColorDiamond Color Grading Scale

A diamond center stone is very traditional and absolutely stunning in an engagement ring! Clear diamonds have their own color grading scale where the stones can range from D to Z (colorless to light yellow) and then move beyond the scale for vibrant yellow diamonds.The closer it is to colorless, the higher the quality in color for the diamond. Most prefer a diamond that is closer to the colorless side of the scale, but color grade D diamonds are very hard to come by. To still obtain a look similar to a D colored diamond, many opt for a diamond with a color grade of H or I. 

Finding the Right ClarityDiamond Clarity

Clarity of a diamond refers to the clearness or purity of the stone. The scale of diamond clarity ranges from F (Flawless) to I3 (Included 3). The grade of flawless is given to a diamond when no inclusions or blemishes are shown at 10 times magnification. As the scale moves closer toward I3, the more inclusions and blemishes are shown under magnification and to the naked eye. The clarity of a diamond affects how it shines. With fewer inclusions, the more brilliant a diamond will be. Diamond clarity is heavily impacted by the other three qualities during evaluation. If you’re looking to stick to a budget for your center stone, VS2 or SI1 clarity grades are a great option to still get the brilliant shine you’re dreaming of.

Finding the Right Carat WeightCarat Weights

Carat weight is important when choosing the perfect center stone for your ring. This refers to the weight of the diamond which, in return, reflects the size of the diamond. The price of a diamond increases exponentially when its size increases. The most popular diamond weight is around 0.50 carats, and is most widely favored by those sporting an engagement ring. This size is most common due to its affordability in relation to its size. Of course, we have plenty of options ranging from petite diamonds to larger center stones. We’re positive you’ll find the one that’s right for you.

Finding the Right CutDiamond Cut

Arguably the most important factor to consider when choosing a center stone is the cut of the diamond. The cut refers to the outline of the stone and pattern of the facet (one side of a stone) arrangement. If a diamond is not well cut, the stone could have extremely poor brilliance, meaning it would not sparkle the way it’s meant to. 

A diamond’s cut can vary and be shaped differently with every stone. The most popular shape is the classic round brilliant diamond. This stone is very traditional, making for an excellent choice if you’re looking for a classic and timeless ring. Other diamond shapes, known as fancy shapes, include oval, emerald, pear, princess, cushion, and many other possible cuts. These shapes offer a more unique look to an engagement ring, and they’re great if you’re looking to make a statement and stand out. 

We’ll Help You Find the Perfect Ring!Engagement Rings at James & Sons

We understand that choosing an engagement ring is a big decision with many different factors to consider. That’s why we’re here to help! Visit our website or one of our locations in Chicago, Naperville, Orland Park, or Schererville and receive assistance from jewelry experts to find the perfect centerstone for your engagement ring. 


 Keep a look out for the next installment to figure out how to choose the right metal for your ring!