Imagine your dream ring. What shape is the stone? How large is it? It sparkles with pure bright light. Reality check: The typical engagement ring has a 1 carat stone with G color, VS2 clarity and is rated as Good cut. How does those 4 C’s stack up to a Nexus Diamond Alternative? Let’s take it one “C” at a time.


The most important of the 4 C’s, the quality of the cut determines how sparkly the ring is. Too deep, too shallow, and poor symmetry can all cause the light to escape instead of bouncing back to the eye.


As the name implies, this “C” considers how much—or how little—color is in the stone. It is a scale from D (colorless) to Z (noticeable color). The more colorless your stone is, the more icy white it will appear, whereas more color can add a muddy tinge to the stone.


One of the more technical terms, clarity refers to any flaws in the stone. These imperfections are graded on a spectrum from noticeable flaws (known as “inclusions”) to flawless.


The most exciting and well-known of the 4 C’s, carat weight refers to the size of the stone. A typical engagement ring is about 1 carat, but we know from our survey that most women prefer a stone that’s 2 carats or larger.


We sometimes consider cost the “fifth C” because it has a large impact on the stone you can buy. That ring you imagined at the beginning of this post? Too often, couples find that they can’t actually afford it in reality without sacrificing on quality of the stone.

No Sacrifices. We don’t think anyone should have to sacrifice their dreams because of cost. And spending nearly $5,000 on a ring? That’s ridiculous. Don’t make sacrifices to get your dream ring (or earrings or necklace). It’s simply not necessary. Our cheap engagement rings provide the same sparkle and shine of a mined diamond at a fraction of the cost.

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*According to the 2015 WeddingWire Newlywed Survey.