Engagement Rings: A Beginner’s Guide To Diamonds

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When you are searching for the perfect engagement ring, you want the best diamond at the best value. Heading out with a set budget in mind and a general knowledge of what makes a quality ring is the best way to start your search. You want to pay a fair price for the quality and craftsmanship of your ring, and doing your homework about diamonds is where you should start.

Of course, you want to make all of your partner’s dreams come true, and picking the perfect ring is a good start, but it may be more difficult than you think. With thousands of options, sizes and styles, choosing the right ring can be a daunting task. Make sure that you have at least two months’ worth of salary put aside when you start your search. Setting a budget is the first step in narrowing down your choices.

You might be tempted to go for a ring with a huge “wow factor” but don’t be fooled by low quality stones. When you talk to your dealer, let them know that you are interested in all the facets of your diamond and not just the looks. With professional dealers like the ones you will find at Love & Promise Jewelers, you can depend on reliable guidance when picking out the stone that is right for you.

Get to know the “4 Cs” of diamonds (Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat) and be proactive in choosing a stunning diamond of excellent quality.

Carat

The measurement of weight for a diamond is called Carats. Each carat is equivalent to approximately 200mgs. Although the size of the diamond is an important aspect of its overall appearance, the carat size has the least impact on the price of the stone. Larger carat stones may be more popular but you are not guaranteed good quality just because of its size. Larger stones of excellent quality are actually more difficult to find.

Cut

The cut of a stone is what determines its level of brilliance. The higher the number of facets in the cut, the brighter the diamond will seem to “sparkle”. The quality of the cut itself can affect how much light is allowed to travel through the stone and refract light. When dealers are talking about the cut of a stone they will refer to the brilliance, fire or sparkle of the diamond. The four basic diamond cuts are the Ideal cut, Fine, Shallow and Deep cut.

Color

When you are looking for a quality diamond, the less color the better. Lack of color is what gives a diamond its brilliance and shine. Colorless diamonds will always shine brighter, although some colored diamonds like the Canary Yellow, Chocolate and Pink diamonds have become very fashionable and popular. Using an alphabetic scale, a colorless diamond is listed as a D, E, or F rating.

Clarity

Any type of flaw or clouding in a diamond will interfere with its natural brilliance. Flaws in the stone can limit the amount of light that can travel through. Flawed diamonds can have a cloudy appearance depending on the number of inclusions. The more inclusions there are, the less expensive the diamond. Be aware though — some inclusions can be large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Clarity of a diamond can range between Internally Flawless to Slightly Included.

 

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