Everyone loves the idea of receiving a proposal accompanied by a diamond ring. When diamonds were discovered to be in abundance in South Africa, the precious stone started becoming popular with the general public.
It rose to so much in popularity that a diamond company called De Beers in 1947 started advertising with the tagline “diamonds are forever.” This changed the way the world looked at diamonds and it slowly became the perfect stone to symbolize the eternal bond shared between two soulmates.
But buying the best diamond engagement rings can prove to be an extremely stressful experience the first time to say the very least.
Most of us are completely alien to the more details and intricacies associated with it. For starters, there are the quality, shape and various cuts to consider. This is further accompanied by other factors like fluorescence, sizing as well as the diamond carat weight.
It is completely understandable if you might be feeling lost. But luckily, with the correct approach, you can actually surprise your partner with the perfect engagement ring that they will adore for years to come and that too without the usual headache that is normally associated with diamond ring shopping.
Just follow our carefully curated guide on the things that you need to look for before making your purchase and you would be good to go.
1. The 4Cs of Diamond Basics
The most important thing you need to make a wise and educated on your diamond purchase is the knowledge of the 4Cs. Based on these, the shape, quality and beauty of a diamond vary to a great extent.
The more cuts a diamond has, the more beautiful it is supposed to look. You can opt for an Ideal or Excellent cut because they are known to offer the most brilliance and sparkle.
It is impossible to detect the color of a diamond by the naked eye and they almost always appear colorless. We recommend going for a ring in the range of G-I which is classified as colorless but would cost you far less than the D-F range despite appearing very similar.
The VS1 or VS2 are known to offer the best quality for their value. This is because the indents or blemishes are not noticeable to the naked eye at these grades.
Once you have successfully narrowed down the other three, you can then easily choose the largest carat weight that falls within your estimated budget.
2. The Right Metal
The four options in this category are:
- Rose gold
- Yellow gold
- White gold
This choice should be based on your partner’s individual style or taste. If they tend to like silver then choose white gold. If they prefer more color, then it should be rose gold.
In general, however, it is recommended to choose white gold over platinum as they look identical to each other but the former will be considerably lighter on your pockets.
3. Get the Right Certificate
You must always be sure to ask for a lab certification on any diamond purchase you make. This is because it ensures that the ring you are buying actually possesses all the specifications that had been advertised of it having.
But you must also keep in mind that not all certifications are reliable and some tend to overstate the stone quality. The most trustworthy and reliable labs in the industry are GIA and AGS. Due to their accuracy and consistency, we recommend making sure that your ring comes with either of these certificates.
Whether you already have a few ideas or if you are going to start from scratch, keeping these things in mind is sure to help you find the right fit, size and style of ring for your partner with confidence and also with great results.