A diamond engagement ring is a symbol of man’s promise of everlasting love for the woman whom he is going to marry. And in engagement, there must be an exchange of a diamond ring to make the occasion complete, memorable and joyful. In case you are getting married and busy with the preparations for your engagement, then it is time for you to buy a stunning diamond ring to make your engagement memorable. Here are some useful suggestions that can help you out to get the perfect ring for your engagement.
Buying a diamond engagement ring requires proper planning as well as implementation. First, you have to set aside a budget to buy an engagement ring. As this ring is for your engagement which is a momentous and special occasion for you and your sweetheart, make your budget a little higher so that you can get the best quality ring. On the other hand, don’t blow all of your savings on an engagement – remember that there are other important things to spend on in regards to your engagement and your forthcoming wedding. You don’t want to end up in debt – there’s nothing romantic in that! So fix a budget for your engagement ring depending on your income and your capacity to spend on it.
The next step is to choose a diamond engagement ring from the designs available as you inspect a jewelry shop or browse for rings online. It is not an easy task to choose a diamond ring as you have to choose only one from the available options.
Consider your choice as well as the choice of your future bride (apart from the budget). Nowadays, most couples prefer to do a joint decision when choosing an engagement ring, so it’s better to ask your sweetheart about her choice. It will help you to get an idea of what design of an engagement ring that she will like the most. One good way is to choose your top ten engagement ring designs, then narrow your list down to five, and then three… until you arrive at the final decision.
You must also know about the four “C”’s: cut, clarity, carat, and color of a diamond. These are the four elements on the basis of which the value of a certain diamond is determined:
- Cut: The cut of a diamond alludes more to its proportions rather than its shape (such as round, pear, heart, emerald, etc.). No matter what shape of a diamond is, it gets its sparkle by cutting and polishing the facets (or surfaces) of a diamond. The right cutting and polishing allow the maximum light that penetrates through its top surface which is to be reflected and scattered back through the top. A well-cut diamond should have the right angles so that the light can be scattered properly throughout the diamond’s top facets. When a diamond has a cut that is too shallow or too deep, the light enters through the top surface and escapes right straight through the bottom. Therefore, the light is not dispersed properly and the sparkle of the diamond will not look balanced.
- Clarity: The clarity of a diamond is measured by the amount and/or size of inclusions or imperfections that it has. This is the least important aspect when assessing a diamond because virtually all diamonds have inclusions (which are like their birthmarks, so to speak). Since inclusions are very, very tiny, they cannot be easily seen by the untrained and unaided eye. Even the clearest diamonds have inclusions, only fewer and less visible. However, a diamond with a lot more number of inclusions may affect its durability.
- Carat: A diamond’s weight is measured by a carat. And of course, the bigger and heavier a carat is, the more expensive it gets. Usually, a one-carat diamond usually fetches from about $1,000 to over $12,000, but it depends on the cut and the shape. A one-carat diamond is pretty big so if you’re gunning for a one-carat diamond engagement ring, you should definitely set a budget for that. But if you cannot afford a one-carat diamond ring, don’t be afraid to go down less than a carat and just work around with the ring’s design. You will save thousands of dollars without sacrificing the ring’s sparkle and beauty.
- Color: Aside from the popular clear and colorless variety, diamonds also come in a variety of colors. Whether the diamond is colorless or colored, all of them are virtually the same in terms of quality and durability. But what sets the colorless and the colored diamonds apart are their rarity.
Diamonds are also graded by color, from “D” (colorless) to “Z” (light yellow or brown). In this respect, brown and yellow fancy diamonds are relatively affordable. In comparison, other colors like blue and red are extremely pricey. So needless to say, the color of a diamond is another factor that dictates its pricing.
If your girlfriend still likes the classic colorless diamond, then you should ignore the “color” element and look at the other factors such as cut, clarity, and carat. If she otherwise fancies a colored diamond engagement ring, then there are a lot of available options for you to explore. There are yellow, gray, orange, pink, purple, violet, red, blue and green. You should choose a diamond color that is right for your budget.
Thanks to the Internet, you can browse a variety of diamond engagement ring designs without going out to the jewelry store. Browsing and shopping online save you a lot more money, time and effort than you would by going to the jewelry shops. Nowadays, most jewelers have started doing business online too, so that they will be able to reach to a wider market with just a click of a button. Just type what rings you are looking for on your web browser, and you will get a number of online stores that sell diamond rings. You can visit different online stores to search for the best diamond ring as per your choice. Find out the rates of different rings and look for the ring that has the best price.