Are you planning to buy a diamond engagement ring? Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind before making the purchase
- Know the 4Cs
The first step to buy the diamond engagement ring is to get familiar with the 4Cs that are color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. The 4Cs are the global standard for assessing the quality of diamonds which allows you the compare one diamond from another. Once you understand the 4Cs, next you ask yourself, what is the most important C for you? To quickly eliminate your choices, it’s important to prioritize the 4Cs.
- Understand the difference between diamond shapes, cutting styles, and cut quality.
The shape describes the diamond’s outline when viewed by face up. The most popular diamond shape is the round one. However, you will find other shapes as well, like, oval, rectangle, heart, etc. The Cutting style is how the diamond’s facets are arranged. The most common and popular facet for a round diamond is the standard brilliant cutting style with a specific arrangement of 57 or 58 facets. The cut quality is how well the diamond’s facets interact with the light. Diamonds cut in the same shape and style can vary in table size, polish, or symmetry.
- Pick a metal for the band
The metal that you will pick for the engagement ring is important. The most popular styles are white gold and platinum. They both look sleek and have a modern look. If in case you love the color of gold, you should consider the white metal prongs or bezels that are often integrated into the yellow gold band to create the contrast with the diamond. One of the other popular choices is rose gold. It has a warm and soothing appearance.
- Choose the right setting
In any engagement ring, the diamond is held in place by setting. The setting is done as it highlights the beauty of the diamond and also protects it from damage. Different settings offer a different level of security.
- Pick the side stones
One of the most dazzling ways to dress up an engagement ring is the side stones. The most popular choices are channel or pave set diamonds along the shank of the ring. If you are looking for side stones that will complement the look for the center stone, you should go for the ones that grade close to the center diamond in color, clarity, and cut.
- Make sure to look at the diamond under different lighting conditions.
The diamond tends to look different under various lighting conditions. This is because, the diamond act like a tiny mirror, which reflects its surroundings. When buying a diamond engagement ring, make sure to look at it under these four different conditions to see how it performs.
- An environment where spotlighting is not overwhelming.
- Diffused lighting, Florissant lights that bounce light off a white ceiling are best.
- Mixed lighting environment of spot and diffused lighting.
- Natural daylight, directly under the sun or under the dappled shade of a tree that will break the diamond light into thousands of slivers.