Engagement and marriage rings come in an enormous array of styles and material. When searching for engagement and marriage rings, many couples go together – or at least pre-shop together so that every person comes with an idea of the other’s taste. Whenever choosing rings, think about your lifestyle and cost range, and determine what’s most important to you by prioritizing the 4 C’s.
The stone you choose for an engagement ring can be anything you wish – emerald, sapphire, ruby, or topaz, for example. However the most popular stone is diamond.
Choosing the diamond
A diamond is the hardest transparent substance that you can buy, one hundred times harder than ruby or sapphire. This durability, along with its light, has made diamonds an enduring symbol of marriage. They are simply evaluated and classified by the four C’s-cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.
A diamond’s cut and proportion determine its brilliance and fire, making the cut perhaps the main element in a diamond’s beauty. Each facet acts as a light-dispersing mirror, so more facets generally mean greater beauty. Today’s, round-brilliant-cut precious stone has 58 facets, rendering it more brilliant than other shapes.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades color you start with the letter D (colorless) through the letter Z (progressively more yellow). In nature, diamonds occur in almost every color and shade: blue, pink, lavender, yellow, green, red and even black. Colored diamonds are ever more popular for Moissanite Engagement Rings, plus some rare colors are very pricey.
Internal imperfections, such as small cracks, whitish dots or dark spots, are called inclusions. External flaws are blemishes. In most cases, the fewer the inclusions and blemishes, the clearer and even more brilliant the diamond, the rarer it is, and a lot more it’s worth.
The GIA classifies diamonds and their flaws in to the following categories:
FL: Flawless, meaning without any surface characteristics or internal imperfections. Extremely rare.
IF: Internally flawless with only minor external blemishes a jeweler can polish away.
Gemologists gauge the size of diamonds in terms of weight, specifically in carats. A carat contains 100 points. When a jeweler says a stone weights 25 points, it’s 1/4 carat. While size still matters, it is nearly meaningless beyond your context of cut, clarity, and color. A big stone that is dull, flawed, or improperly cut is worth less money when compared to a perfect little diamond.
Selecting a setting and metal for an gemstone
Deciding on the best setting for a precious stone is like deciding on the best frame for a picture. Classic settings are the prong-less bezel, elaborate carved scroll, clean-looking channel, decorative cluster, flush-lying gypsy, expensive invisible, glittery pavé, traditional prong, light-reflecting silver cups, singular solitaire, floating tension, and classic six-pronged.
Stretching your diamonds dollar
Here are some tips to make the most of your ring-shopping budget:
If you’re in a position to find an “under-size” diamond, which really is a gemstone that weighs just under a cut-off weight (for example, 0.95 carats instead of 1 carat; 0.45 carats instead of half of a carat), you can save substantial sums of money for a precious stone that looks, to the naked eye, essentially the identical to a diamonds that hits the bigger cut-off weight.
Choose clarity and color that looks clean to the naked eye
With regards to white (non-fancy) diamonds, most consumers can’t tell the difference between diamonds on the top quality of the clarity scale (such as VVS1) and the ones lower on the scale, that have very slight or slight inclusions (VS1 or SI1). Regarding many SI1 diamonds, for example, the flaws are only noticeable under 10X magnification, although the price difference between a VVS1 and an SI1 diamond is considerable.
Good polish is sufficient
With regards to a diamond’s polish, a “good” grade is sufficient in most cases. Most consumers can’t tell the difference between a diamonds with “good” and the more-expensive “excellent” polish
Choose white gold instead of platinum
Although platinum is a preferred ring metal, it is also the most expensive of the important metals. White gold, on the other hand, is an outstanding and affordable option to platinum and a fantastic choice for the budget-conscious shopper. White gold has a sensational appearance and a white/gray patina that resembles platinum. White gold is also very durable, has a higher scratch resistance factor, and does an excellent job of drawing focus on a diamond’s brilliance.
When purchasing an engagement ring, you can certainly do so in a brick-and-mortar store, or you can buy your ring online. Some individuals prefer to interact with a salesperson face-to-face, which you can do when shopping in a store. Effecting your purchase via an online retailer, though, has its benefits, including saving what could be quite somewhat of money and developing a pressure-free purchase experience