It’s said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. As such, many brides-to-be chose a diamond engagement ring as a symbol of everlasting love.
Diamonds are the quintessential gemstone of romance and longevity. Ring designers have featured diamonds as part of their creations for many years. The popularity of diamonds never goes out of fashion. Today’s designers continue to feature this beautiful gemstone within their creations. Verragio rings and others, demonstrate their loyalty to the precious diamond and invite brides to share this passion too.
So, how do you choose a diamond ring? Firstly, you need to understand a little bit about the diamond itself. Its value and appearance vary considerably so learn about the 4Cs before making your purchase.
The cut refers to the shape of the diamond. Diamonds form naturally and are then cut into distinct shapes. There are lots of different shaped diamonds to choose from. The choices include brilliant, pear, square, radiant, marquise, and oval. The diamond is typically set in a claw to prevent it from falling out of the ring. Your design may also offer an inset diamond that sits flush within the band.
The shape of the diamond doesn’t only affect its appearance. The way it is cut affects how much light is refracted. Some cuts sparkle more readily than others.
To the naked eye, diamonds may appear colourless. However, truly colourless diamonds are the rarest and most valuable. Diamonds are graded according to their colouration. Varying shades of yellow typify many diamonds used in rings. Although this is often hard to discern, the gradation does exist between different quality diamonds. Opulently expensive pinks, reds and blue diamonds are rare and very precious.
The clarity refers to the clearness of the gemstone. The clearer and brighter the diamond, the more valuable it is. Tiny imperfections in the stone result in a cloudy appearance. The more imperfections there are the less value the diamond carries.
The carat relates to how heavy the diamond stone is. One carat is equal to a fifth of a gram. The larger diamonds will obviously weigh heavier. And the heavier it is, the more valuable the gemstone. Heavier diamonds are also rather rare which again, pushes its value to an eye-watering amount. When choosing the size of your diamond, consider the practicality of its weight. Aside from the cost, a heavy, large diamond will necessitate an equally large setting and claw to keep it in place.
A reputable jeweller should provide you with a fifth ‘C’ – a certificate. A certificate authenticates the diamond’s 4Cs and is documentation of the diamond’s vital statistics. Retain your certificate for insurance purposes. If you ever decide to part with your engagement ring, you may need to prove to a buyer that you have the genuine article.
Decide how many diamonds you want your engagement ring to feature. A cluster of diamonds creates a sparkling piece fit for a princess. However, the single classic solitaire is a timeless design chosen by generations of women.
Diamonds are a beautiful symbol of love and eternity. So stay true to tradition and pick a diamond ring to signify your forever love too.