Engagement ring buying guide
With this Ring
We navigate the rules of engagement to arm you on your search for the perfect ring.
The Four Cs
Before you start out on your all-important search it's imperative you familiarise yourselves with the Four Cs of diamond dealing. The quality over quantity princiapl also applies when putting a ring on it. For example, you could risk buying an enormous rock that may not have half the quality of a smaller one at the same price. So let's cut to it!
When it comes to colour, less is more and the whiter the diamond, the better. Most diamonds within a reasonable price will range from white to yellow. Determined through a range of alphabets D, E and F refer to colourless (white) diamonds, while G, H I and J are nearly colourless according tot he GIA colour grades. a perfect white diamond should be crystal clear - the less yellow or brown streaks visible the more rare and valuable a diamond is.
Clarity is the measure of the number of blemishes (external defects) and includions (internal defects) of a stone. An S11 or S12 diamond has inclusions or blemishes larger than a grain of salt when viewed under 10-powermagnification. Whilst nearly all diamonds contain flaws, it's important to determine there aren't enough flaws to seriously lessen its value. Though on the positive, diamond flaws are as unique as fingerpritn and can be used as identifiers.
A diamond's weight is measured in carats (not to be confused with karat, which indicates gold's purity). A carat is equivalent to a fifth of a gram or exactly 200 milligrams. They are weighed using a precision scale, as mere fractions of a carat can mean the difference between hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
The cut refers tot he workmanship of a diamond and the manner in which it's polished and shaped to give it its brilliance and fire. Not to be confused with a diamond's shape, a stone'e cut or make refers to the number, placement and shape of the facets that create a finished diamond. A gem cutter sculpts the diamond's many facets with geometric precision; symmetrically arranging them to affect the way light travels through the stone. A poorly cut diamond will 'leak' light out the back and some cutting 'faults' can even make a diamond prone to breaking.