An engagement ring is a sign of love and fidelity and is known to be worn till ‘death do us part’. Hence, choosing the perfect engagement ring is important, and also due their expense, it is important to choose wisely and that all aspects of diamond shopping are taken into consideration.
When choosing the right diamond, there is 4 key elements to be considered known as the 4 C’s. The first C is known as colour. The colour of a diamond varies, however the most popular are those very white in colour. Each diamond is graded from the letter D, which would be considered as the most rare and colourless. But don’t be fooled, the whiter it is the more expensive it can get so aim for a diamond that ranges from D to I as they still look very white in colour.
The next C to consider is clarity. As diamonds are natural, all diamonds have imperfections. The less imperfections, the greater the clarity, which will result in more light reflecting through it. This means that there will be more sparkle and brilliance when light that is reflected through the diamond. The scale used to show the clarity of a diamond is:
F1 – Flawless
VVS1 & VVS2 – Very slight inclusions
VS1 & VS2 – Very slight inclusions
SI1 & SI2 – Slight inclusions
I1, I2 & I3 – Imperfect diamonds
Most imperfections are difficult to see with the naked eye so it is safe to purchase something in the VS2 range and above.
The third C that should be considered is cut. Diamonds can be cut in different ways that also impacts the sparkle of a diamond. Round cut diamonds produce the most sparkle whereas princess cut diamonds are good at hiding imperfections. Other cuts include square, emerald, pear, marquise, cushion, oval and heart shaped.
The final C to be aware of is carat. This is the unit measurement of the diamond in weight not size. Compared to all the other C’s, carat is the least important. You would rather a diamond that has minimal impurities and imperfections rather than it being large in weight and size.
Besides understanding the ins and outs of the 4C’s, choosing a good jeweller is also must. Try and get recommendations from friends, as it is always best to go to someone that has been praised for their work. Choosing a good jeweller will also make every other step so much easier as they will guide you about the 4 C’s and other important information about diamonds and choosing the perfect ring.
Style is always an important factor, as it will be worn for many years. If you are choosing it for that special someone try and get some hints as to what they like or if you have no idea, you will never go wrong by choosing something classic.
Overall it is important to remember that diamonds are rare and beautiful so they can be very expensive. Putting aside some money every week will help you save for that special piece of jewellery, for that special someone.
Good luck in the search for that perfect engagement ring!