Top tips for buying a diamond engagement ring
PUBLISHED: 13:20 03 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:16 29 November 2016
Did you know that November and December are the most popular months for people looking to buy engagement rings? If you're looking to make that certain someone's Christmas extra special, or just want to drop a few hints for that perfect ring, here are some top tips.
Diamonds are classified according to the 4Cs. These are carat weight, cut, clarity and colour. Whilst carat weight, clarity and colour are most often talked about, remember that it’s the cut that gives the diamond its life and sparkle. A smaller, well cut diamond can have more fire and look bigger than a larger but poorly cut diamond.
The only internationally recognised grading system for diamond colour is GIA (Gemological Institute of America) with grade D being seen as the highest quality gems which have a bright white colour. Gems of grades E, F and G are less rare and tend to have a warmer glow. Colour choice is very much personal taste and warmer colour diamonds are often chosen for jewellery which has a particular sentimental significance. You should always trust your initial reactions to a diamond rather than relying purely in its formal certificate.
Flawless diamonds are very rare and most have small inclusions. Diamond clarity is put into three grades:
- VVS (very very slightly included)
- VS (very slightly included)
- SI (slightly included)
Natural flaws are part of the character of diamonds and many beautiful diamonds still have flaws, it is about where and how the flaw appears in a diamond that affects its beauty which ultimately goes back to how well it is cut. Don’t reject a stone just because of its grading, look at how its flaws affect its brilliance and sparkle.
Traditionally engagement rings use diamonds, but why not consider a different coloured stone or a combination of stones? There are many beautiful coloured diamonds which are becoming increasingly rare, or sapphires, rubies, emeralds and many others to choose from. Birth stones make a lovely and personal addition to the meaning in a ring. Any good jeweller will be able to advise you about which birth stone fits with which month.
All else being equal a round cut diamond will have the greatest brilliance and sparkle. This is due to the way it is cut and the way the light bounces off the facets. However, different cuts appeal in different ways, for example the cushion cut diamond is often considered the vintage cousin of the round cut, first developed in the early 1800s. In contrast the radiant cut was only introduced about 20 years ago and is prized because of the beautiful radiant glow it emits.
What sets a diamond apart is its sparkle, so be careful if you’re considering buying over the internet. Many diamonds available online are cut to maximise the weight of a diamond because this has the greatest effect on its price. However, they often don’t take into account the best cut to maximise sparkle and life within the diamond. It’s always best to see the diamond first hand and up close.
How do you know if it’s the right ring? A good jeweller will be happy to exchange a ring if it doesn’t quite set your fiancées heart on fire. Choose somewhere with a good reputation known for high quality gemstones and service.
In summary, it’s good to have an understanding about how diamonds are assessed technically but choosing a diamond should be about you and how it makes you feel. Trust in your initial reactions and if you love it, it’s likely to be the one for you.
And finally whatever decisions you make, take the time to enjoy the purchase and make it special so it remains an everlasting memory of your magical time together.
With an unrivalled selection of fabulous rings available, the staff at Upchurch can help find the perfect ring for you to fall in love with. If you’d like help choosing the right stone, style and setting to reflect the fire in your heart, why not make an appointment with Upchurch Jewellers of Colchester.
Phone: 01206 575 937
Or visit www.upchurchjewellers.co.uk