We know you want to select just the right diamond engagement ring. It might be the largest purchase you have made so far in your life. Picking the perfect diamond is the important part, but how do you know if you’re doing it right? Relax, we are here to help. We will provide you with all of the needed information to make a confident decision and select an engagement ring she will love.
Not all fingers were made for every diamond, believe it or not there is a shape just right for her hand. For example, if you take a small round diamond and place it on a large finger, it may look even smaller. You should select a different shape in the same size to create a stunning look. A long emerald cut would accentuate her long fingers. While most diamond engagement rings have round diamonds, an Asscher, Pear, Oval, Marquise, Emerald, Radiant or other fancy cut could be the perfect complement to her hand.
Know what your budget is. Do some research and decide what is most important to you: size, color, clarity, cut or a combination. Understanding what is important to you and your future partner will help to determine the size diamond you should get, along with the best value for your requirements and expectations.
Diamonds are graded by independent laboratories. This insures consistency in comparing similar diamonds. Most lab’s determine the quality of a diamond on four parameters, Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat(weight).
Cut: Cutting a diamond is like lining up a lot of mirrors, get it right the effect is brilliant, misplace one mirror and the sparkle is gone. Cut is very important to the quality because it affects the ability for a diamond to appear vibrant and full of color and life as it moves across the room on her finger.
Cut can be the hardest part of the 4C’s to quantify, however it can contribute to over half of the diamonds cost and all of the brilliance. A better cut diamond preforms better. Terminology can vary from grading labs, but try to look for terms like ‘ideal,’ ‘proportional,’ or ‘excellent.’ You may also see that some labs such as GECAL will include a light performance in their report in addition to the 4C’s. Read more here.
Color: The diamond color is a value given to its tint. The color is graded in reference to a standard scale from D (best) to Z(lowest). Generally you will want to select a diamond within the colorless to near colorless range, D-J. Read more here.
Clarity: All diamonds have internal complexities, carbon spots, feathers, lines, and crystal structures, generally called inclusions. The clarity grade is a measure of if and how many of these inclusions are visible under certain conditions, such as with the naked eye, 4x magnification, or only under 10x magnification. The less visible the inclusions are, the more valuable the diamond is. Read more here.
Carat: Carat (also written as ct) is a measure of weight. A carat is most generally sold using a decimal for the exact weight, such as 0.75ct. Use caution with carat weight represented fractionally, a 1/3ct diamond may fall anywhere in a range of 0.29ct to 0.36ct a good deal if you get the 0.36, but slightly pricy if you get the 0.29. Read more here.
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