Nothing could be more exciting than buying a diamond engagement ring for the one you love. Well, almost nothing, receiving one is even more exciting! Nevertheless, it can be a fairly large investment, so most people will want to make sure that they obtain a good value for the price they pay.
We will give you some things to look for when purchasing a diamond engagement ring.
The most important and costly aspect of your engagement ring will be the diamond. The first thing you decide upon is the type of cut you prefer in your diamond. There are a number of ways that diamonds are cut, they type you like is a matter of your personal preference.
You can get either a round, princess, emerald, asscher, marquise, radiant, oval, pear, or heart shaped diamond.
To make a determination of the value of a particular stone, you must examine what is known by jewelers, as the 4 Cs. These are cut, carat, clarity, and color. When you purchase a diamond, keep your budget in mind and get a balance of these four factors that will suit your needs. For example, a flawless one-carat diamond will be quite expensive, but you may be able to buy one that looks just as good to the naked eye but has some slight imperfections that will only be visible upon magnification.
The most obvious of these four factors of evaluating diamonds is the carat, or size of the stone. The larger the stone, the more costly it will be. For most people, the diamond in their engagement ring will be a carat or less. However, well-heeled customers frequently get much larger diamonds.
The cut of a diamond will determine its shape and its brilliance. Make sure you choose a shape that is appealing to you.
Clarity refers to the purity of the diamond. A flawless diamond will be quite costly. To lower your costs, you may want to consider a diamond that has a very slight imperfection that is imperceptible to the naked eye.
The highest quality diamonds are colorless. Colorless diamonds are quite rare, and expensive. Most diamonds have a slight yellow hue to them. Often, this is not perceptible with the naked eye.
After you have chosen a stone that is appealing to you and meets your budgetary requirements, you must choose a setting. For engagement rings, most people choose either yellow or white gold, which one you choose is a matter of your personal preference.