Choose Your Diamond

Select the Right Diamond A diamond engagement ring is one of the most important – and often one of the largest – purchases you will make in your life so you will want to be sure you do it right. For many, the choice of a diamond is the most difficult part, but with the help of the information provided here, you will be much more informed and hopefully more confident about the process.

Choose the Right Shape It's a common misconception that all diamond rings look good on any finger. That's not quite true because there are some shapes that will look more striking on certain types of fingers than others. A diamond's shape should complement a woman’s hand. For example, a small round stone on a rather large finger will sometimes make the stone appear smaller. In a situation like that, another stone of the same size but a different shape – like an emerald or heart-shaped cut – may look larger or give a more dramatic effect. While most diamonds set in engagement rings are round, it is perfectly correct to choose another shape from among those typically available: heart, radiant, emerald, marquise, princess, oval, Asscher or pear.

Select your Diamond Size Refer to a chart to find the size of diamonds you can purchase for a given amount of money. This will show you that you can find a wide range of diamond sizes within a given budget. You can narrow this range when you decide on the quality of diamond.

Learn the 4C’S of Diamond Diamonds are graded according to the 4C’S – cut, color, clarity and carat

Cut: The cut of a diamond determines it's brilliance and sparkle. Cut is important because a diamond with perfect clarity or color but a bad cut will appear dull or at the least not as brilliant as it could be. brilliance.

Color: The color of a diamond refers to its natural tint. Color is graded according to a scale which ranks them alphabetically from D to Z, with D being the best end of the spectrum. The best diamonds are colorless or near-colorless or diamond and are graded from D to J.

Clarity: Clarity refers to the flaws – or lack of them – within a diamond. Diamonds which are free from flaws, usually called inclusions, are highly valued and very rare.

Carat: Carat refers to the weight and size of a diamond. The value of a diamond rises exponentially with its size. Most diamonds fall in between 0.01 carat and 1.00 in size. Put another way, that range is between a hundredth of a carat and a full carat in weight.

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