Choosing The Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring – Top Tips From The Experts
Whether you’re planning to propose or making up your mind about what you’d like from your engagement ring, there are a few tips that will help you decide what style best reflects your story and personal aesthetic.
A diamond engagement ring is rarely a spontaneous purchase and statistics show that it’s becoming a process that couples go through together. Whatever the case may be, consider the following simple steps to help you choose the perfect ring.
As trivial as it may sound, a diamond engagement ring is a high-value purchase. It’s essential that you stick to a budget you’re comfortable with. You can get better value by learning more about diamonds and metals online. Once you understand the price breakdowns of each engagement ring element, you can comfortably set your own budget and you’ll know what you’re actually spending your money on. The golden rule is to spend as much or as little as you’re able to because no one can put value to your love–it’s priceless.
Metals – The next step is to choose the metal your ring will be crafted with. This choice is made according to your colour preferences, but don’t forget to consider the durability. Diamonds are best complemented by the icy appearance of platinum, which is also the most dense and the most easily maintained metal. However, many brides-to-be opt for yellow or rose gold, especially when they want to make the diamond appear whiter or add warmth to the design. The choice of a warm metal can definitely help mask any colour present in a lower colour grade diamond.
The Four C’s
The most important factor in choosing the diamond is knowing the 4 Cs. If you figure out how colour, clarity, cut and carat weight can be balanced against each other, you’ll be able to find the magic formula to your perfect diamond engagement ring.
The Cut – The cut grade refers to the balance of proportions of brilliance, fire and scintillation achieved by the diamond cutter. Remember a cut grade is given only to a round brilliant diamond shape. If you’re not eager to compromise with the brilliance and the capacity of your diamond to disperse the light, go for a ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ cut.
Clarity – Clarity grade refers to the natural birthmarks on the surface of the diamond. As diamonds are formed deep in the earth, they develop slight irregularities and features that are visible to a skilled grader under 10x magnification. These are collectively known as ‘clarity characteristics’ or ‘inclusions’. Most diamonds with a clarity grade of SI1 or above will appear clean to the naked eye.
Colour – The next C in the list, colour, actually refers to the absence of colour in a diamond. The GIA has a grading system starting from D (colourless) to Z (yellow). D to F graded diamonds are colourless or icy white, F being the most popular choice. If you wish to set your diamond in yellow gold or rose gold, a colour grade between the G and J will appear bright white, one of the many ways to balance the 4 Cs to achieve a beautiful engagement ring within budget.
Carat Weight – Carat weight is often confused with the size of the diamond, likely because the larger the diamond, the heavier the diamond, the higher the price. Round diamonds tend to be more pricey because they produce the most waste in their cutting process. Remember that elongated diamond shapes like oval or marquise can appear larger than a round diamond, despite being the same carat weight.
The right diamond isn’t exclusively based on one factor, but a combination of all 4 Cs. When choosing a diamond, focus on the quality that’s most important to you, then work to balance the remaining three. If you’re ethically driven, ask your jewellery to help you trace the origin of the chosen diamond or even consider a lab-grown diamond. You will wear your engagement ring for the rest of your life, so it’s best to take the time to weigh up how to personalise the design and make it uniquely yours. Consider the choice of metal and the interaction of the 4 Cs to create a ring that reflects your lifestyle and personality, at a reasonable price.
Jewellers, Taylor & Hart, are offering clients a free virtual consultation for those seeking the perfect diamond ring, otherwise, if you are in the city of London, you can visit one of their showrooms or give them a call for more information. Click here for contact and location details.
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