Choosing your diamond ring
As such, buying a diamond engagement ring is therefore part of a much bigger decision in your life – one that goes well beyond the choice of jewelry. You have found the love of your life; you are making a commitment for the rest of your life; you have a wedding to plan. Choosing your diamond engagement ring is only the first of the decisions you will have to make as a couple.
Choosing the perfect engagement ring – a diamond ring – is not as difficult as it may appear …. as long as you follow some basic steps. Below, you can discover the things you need to take into account in “how to buy an engagement ring” – the diamond basics so to speak. We give you a simple checklist of the steps to follow together with links to other pages where you can expand your knowledge.
Do your Homework: usually unpleasant advice but essential here; look around, see what is available out there; get a feel for what you (both) like and don’t like.
Budget: work out how much you can afford to spend: determine your budget and try to stick to it. Don’t be persuaded to spend just because you can get a “great deal”. And if you are working to a very limited budget, see our article on “How to WOW your girlfriend without going bankrupt“.
The stone: when it comes to the stone itself, it all comes down to the four C’s. These are the 4 factors that jewelers take into account themselves, when assessing a diamond gemstone.
Color: do you want a white diamond or a colored diamond? Traditionally, white diamonds were seen as the only option. In recent years there has been a trend towards colored diamonds.
Carat: diamond size is measured by weight in carats: the larger the number of carrats (abbreviated to ct.) the more expensive the diamond.
Cut (and shape): the cut determines how well the diamond reflects light to shows its brilliance. The cut is the outline or shape of the diamond and the way the facets are arranged. Shapes range from round to hearts, pears, emerald and more -see below.
Clarity: most diamonds have tiny flaws (inclusions) invisible to the naked eye; these give each diamond its own uniqueness. You do not want inclusions to be visible to the naked eye, nor should they be so excessive that they affect the diamond’s brilliance or durability.
Shape: although this is often used interchangeably with “cut” they are not the same. Cut refers to the proportions and symmetry. Shape, on the other hand, refers to the actual shape or contour of the diamond. There are 8 popular shapes: round (also called brilliant cut), Princess cut, Emerald cut, Asscher cut, Marquise cut, Radiant cut, Pear cut, and Heart cut.
Setting: this includes any accent stones and the way the stone is fixed on the band – in fact everything except the center diamond itself. For more information on settings ….
The band: often considered as part of the “setting”. You will have a choice of metals and styles. Most diamond rings are set in either gold (yellow, white, etc) or platinum.
Get to understand what these terms mean and look at different diamond rings. Decide which ones you like … and remember, you are choosing an engagement ring that will be with you for many years to come.
Diamonds remain the most precious of all gemstones; a diamond represents love, commitment, and endurance—three aspects of every successful relationship. To find the perfect diamond engagement ring for you and your loved one, take into account the tips on choosing a diamond ring above and you won’t go far wrong.
For more information and help, see our page on How to Choose a Damond Ring.