Diamonds remain the most precious of all gemstones, the right sparkler for that special moment. A diamond represents love, commitment, and endurance—three aspects of every successful relationship. To find the perfect diamond engagement ring, we offer to you the following shopping tips.
Diamond Engagement Rings
When choosing a piece diamond engagement ring, there are three components you should pay attention to: the band, the setting, and the stone.
The band is typically made out of one of four metals: silver, white gold, yellow gold and platinum. Silver doesn’t have the qualities associated with a quality diamond engagement ring, but the other three metals do. A wonderful alternative to silver is white gold which has a similar look but is of a much higher quality.
Classic engagement bands are usually solid metal with a diamond solitaire. More elaborate rings with side stones or tiny diamonds embedded in the channel of the ring are also popular. And the more elaborate the ring, the higher the cost.
The second component of a ring is it’s setting—the part of the ring that physically holds the diamond in place. The prong (or claw) setting is the most commonly used gemstone setting, very popular for solitaire diamond engagement rings. There are several different settings available, each offering a different look.
The third component of the ring is the gemstone. Diamonds are almost always exclusively chosen for wedding and engagement rings. When searching for the perfect diamond, there are four categories (or characteristics) you need to consider:
Cut – Describes the finish, proportion and polish of the diamond. These factors determine the fire and brilliance of a diamond.
Clarity – Describes the clearness or purity of a diamond. A grade is assigned to each diamond, with “F” representing a flawless diamond to “I” describing a diamond that has inclusions. Most diamonds can be found at various grades between “F” and “I.” Diamond buyers will sometimes choose a gem with some inclusions, as long as they are not visible to the naked eye.
Color – From white to yellow, diamonds receive a grade for the amount of color they contain. Diamond buyers prefer colorless to near colorless diamonds, with diamonds graded J, K, and L offering the best value for a customer’s money.
Carat – Carat refers to the weight of the diamond. One carat is equivalent to 0.20 grams. The larger the carat, the pricier the diamond, although the other “C’s” can influence the final price significantly.
Though not mentioned as one of the four C’s, a diamond’s shape plays an integral part in the selection of any diamond engagement ring.
There is no greater feeling than the moment when a loved one opens that perfect gift and a feeling of true connectedness and joy is shared. While our world continues to race ahead with technological advancements, we are still the same in our hearts, and watershed moments – whether a special milestone or personal achievement – instill a feeling of tradition and ceremony. It is a skill to find a gift that tells a woman you are proud of her, that you love her, and that most importantly, you know her well.
Special occasions – a milestone birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary, and Mother’s Day – have traditionally been observed with a gift of fine jewelry. From young adulthood and throughout her life, a woman will always treasure the pieces that came from family and loved ones on the days that mattered to her most. Jewelry is a link to our past, as our grandmothers and mothers hand down their most admired pieces to us, and it is a symbol of our future, as we dream of the day when we pass our favorite pieces to our own children. Nothing expresses the magic of love and tradition like fine jewelry.