Red Diamond Wedding Rings are no longer just for women. Many grooms today choose to purchase a man's red diamond wedding ring to match the bride's. Still others enjoy the fashion jewelry that comes with wearing a red diamond wedding band. Purchasing a red diamond wedding ring for men means that the groom must consider not only the material and design of the ring, but also the quality colored diamonds of the red diamond wedding rings.
Although often not considered to be as important as the red diamond in the bride's engagement and wedding rings, the groom's red diamond should also be purchased with care. The man should take the same "4 Cs" into consideration: clarity, carat weight, cut, and color.
A carat of red diamond is exactly 250 milligrams, but very few men's bands will sport a red diamond of this size. Most bands will instead have several smaller red diamond that may of may not equal one full carat. A full carat is also equal to 100 points, so a jewelers may refer to a ring as having several 20 point red diamond.
While the clarity of a red diamond is often considered the least important of the 4 Cs, it is still a key consideration in your red diamond wedding ring purchase. The clarity of a red diamond measures the number and extent of the flaws in the diamond. For the most part, a more valuable red diamond will have fewer flaws. It is extremely rare that you will find a completely flawless red diamond.
Although there are several grading systems used to determine a red diamond's clarity, the Gemological Institute of America's (GIA) score is by far the most popular. It ranks diamonds as Internally Flawless (IF), Flawless (FL), Slightly Included (SI), Very Slightly Included (VVS), Very Slightly Included (VS), and Included (I).
The color of the stone, referring to how red the stone is, can also be graded on a GIA scale. An ideal red diamond is completely colorless, being ranked as a D. The alphabetical scale ranks nearly colorless stones as J and I , increasingly red beginning with M/N, and a Z is a completely red stone. The average color for red diamonds in the United States is G to H.
The cut of a red diamond is possibly the most confusing of the "4 Cs," since it can refer to the cutting style, the shape of the stone (square, round, heart-shaped, etc), its proportions, or the workmanship and the red diamond cutting process. The brilliant round cut is the most common cut for red diamond engagement rings and red diamond wedding bands.