Shopping for diamond engagement rings can be a daunting task, but it’s important to remember that this is a piece of jewelry your significant other will wear for the rest of her life. Some tips on how to pick the perfect ring:
Before You Start Shopping For Engagement Rings
Before you start shopping for your perfect diamond engagement ring, take some time to prepare yourself with these tips:
Set A Budget:
Figure out how much you are able and willing to spend on an engagement ring before beginning your search. This will help you focus your search and avoid becoming overwhelmed. When it comes to purchasing a diamond engagement ring, it’s important to consider your budget beforehand so that you don’t spend more than you can afford. While many people choose to follow the one month’s salary rule, the truth is that there are no set rules when it comes to determining how much to spend on an engagement ring. Instead, it’s best to set a budget that makes sense for your own financial situation.
Learn the Basics of the Four Cs:
Cut, Clarity, Carat, and Color are the characteristics that determine a diamond’s quality and value. Learn about each one so you can make an informed decision.
Cut: The cut actually refers to the diamond’s proportions, symmetry, measurements, and facet placement – all of which can affect the way light is reflected in the diamond and therefore affect its sparkle. A high quality cut will result in a more beautiful sparkle.
Color: The quality of a diamond is judged by how colorless it appears. The scale for judging color quality in diamonds starts at D for completely colorless, and goes down the alphabet to Z, which has a yellowish or brownish tint. A diamond’s value is lowered as its color becomes more apparent.
Carat: The carat weight of a diamond is how diamonds are typically weighed and is equal to 200 milligrams. All other factors being equal, diamonds with larger carat weights are more valuable than those with smaller carat weights.
Clarity: The clarity of a diamond is determined by the presence of internal flaws (inclusions) and external blemishes. The more flawless the diamond, the more valuable it is; however, these types of diamonds are very rare. Most commercially available diamonds will have some inclusions and blemishes, but the grade given to the diamond will reflect how noticeable these are.
Dig For Details:
Once you have an idea of what you want, start doing some research on different retailers. Compare prices, reviews, and policies to find the best place to buy your ring.
Not all jewelers are created equal! Make sure you find a reputable retailer with a good return policy in case your finance doesn’t love the ring as much as you do.
Searching For the Perfect Engagement Ring
Now that you understand all of the important factors to consider when shopping for an engagement ring, the fun part begins! You get to start trying on different rings and imagining which one will look best on your fiancé’s finger. We hope you enjoy this process and feel confident in the ring you ultimately choose.
Check the GIA Certification
Always ask to see the GIA certification report for any loose diamonds before making a purchase, especially for an engagement ring. The GIA is an impartial organization that rates diamonds based on essential factors such as color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. This information is then recorded in a certification report, which any reputable retailer should be able to provide upon request. Be sure to thoroughly review the information in the report to get a sense of the value and quality of the diamond. This is the only way you can verify that the retailer has given accurate details about the diamond’s color, cut, carat, and clarity.