When you choose an engagement ring (it must be with a diamond, of course), it’s not just about size and shape. Of course, these things are important; the round diamond is the most popular and probably the safest bet in comparison with angular stones, and every girl will tell you that yes, size does indeed matter. However, it’s also about the quality of the stone, and this means it involves questions of cut, colour, and clarity. Ever wondered what exactly you should be paying attention to when it comes to finding that perfect diamond for your loved one? Here’s what you need to know about choosing the perfect engagement ring.
The cut of the diamond is the most important feature when it comes to determining the quality of the stone. The cut largely decides the brilliance or sparkling nature of the diamond – a cut of high quality can only be done by a person who has a lot of experience, and a nice cut speaks of expert workmanship. It’s easy to determine the quality of the cut with round diamonds – it’s harder (and more subjective) when it comes to diamonds of other shapes.
The most popular diamond is actually colourless – or white. This means that the diamond itself does not have any colour in particular. It also means that the colours you see basically depend on the angle from which you view the stone. However, some other varieties exhibit a tendency to sparkle with certain hues. For diamond engagement rings, the most common colour at the centre of the stone is F-H.
The clarity of the diamond is usually determined last, but it should never be underestimated as it has a high significance. The clarity will affect the price – but since the most important aspects of the stones are centred on cut or colour, it’s not very common to see shops offering stones with a wide range of clarity. A diamond that has been rated with a clarity of “SI1” is very common, but some particular customers tend to insist on “VVS” or other higher grades.
The truth is that a diamond is always the perfect choice, so it’s very hard to make a wrong decision when it comes to choosing that perfect stone. In essence, don’t worry about it too much – if it feels right, then it probably is right. On the other hand, a little bit of knowledge goes a long way, and simply by examining the cut, colour, and clarity, you can hone in on that perfect diamond for that perfect loved one. It’s wise to take a closer look. It’s going to last forever, after all.
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