Diamonds 101: What to Look For When Shopping for Engagement Rings
We often indulge in impulse shopping sprees and many would agree that it is the best feeling in the world. However, when you are shopping for a car, a house or an engagement ring, impulse is out of the question. Doing extensive research becomes paramount when you are thinking of spending so much money on a single product.
When you want to treat yourself and your loved ones to luxury and perfection, you want to buy an engagement ring that will become an instant favorite and an heirloom piece that can be passed down through generations. Choosing the perfect engagement ring requires that you have extensive knowledge about the diamond that will serve as the center of attention.
No matter which metal or band you choose, every eye will be stuck on that stone. Choosing the perfect one according to your preference and budget can be an intimidating process. Here are some important things to look out for when you are choosing a diamond engagement ring for the love of your life.
The 4 Cs
The cut, color, clarity and carat are perhaps some of the biggest considerations.
The cut of the diamond refers to the shape of the stone in your engagement ring. It will also determine how effectively the diamond will reflect light back to the owner’s eyes. In layman terms, the better a diamond is cut, the more it will sparkle, which is what everyone wants. If a diamond is well cut, it will reflect and return all light that passes through it. This is also referred to as the diamond’s brilliance. Round, princess, cushion, emerald, oval, marquise, pear, heart, radiant and asscher are the most coveted engagement ring cuts in the diamond industry.
You might think that the carat means the size of the diamond in your engagement ring, but in contrast to popular belief, it is actually the weight of the diamond. If you want to get a better stone with a small budget, go for a diamond that falls under the traditional cutoff weight such as 0.5 carat. The price of a diamond is evaluated by singular weight. A diamond, which is double in weight, will cost at least four times more.
The clarity is the level of flawlessness that can be evaluated under a magnifying glass or can also be observed through the naked eye. The clarity of a diamond helps with the grading process where each imperfection can lower its grade. Inclusions, AKA imperfections, inside a diamond can be in the form of blemishes, nicks, pits, scratches and fractures.
When you are selecting a diamond for your engagement ring or fine jewelry, choose one, which has little to no color. The predominant yellow color that you see in a diamond is due to the presence of nitrogen, but a flawless diamond doesn’t have any color to it.
What Is The Minimum Clarity That You Should Choose?
Clarity grade VS2 or higher, if you are looking at D-F color range and SI clarity if you are looking at G-I color range.
How to Determine What Carat Size You Can Afford?
Start evaluating with the parameters and choose what matters most to you. Is it the cut or carat or the absence of color that you want. Once you determine what you really want, look at the options and find an engagement ring that fits your budget.
Can A Cut Hide The Appearance Of Imperfections?
If you want to reduce the appearance of inclusions, opt for a princess cut or choose a bezel set engagement ring that can hide the flaw on the pavilion of the stone.
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