Top Three Tips when Buying a Diamond Ring
Buying a diamond engagement ring is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make, and you have to know what to look for in order to make the best choice possible. Lucky for you the process has been simplified in the steps below.
- What to look for:
- a) Know the 4Cs: The 4Cs are a global standard for assessing the quality of diamonds and allow you to compare one diamond to another. In brief, the 4Cs are:
- Color D to Z color grades rate a diamond’s lack of color. Diamonds with less color are rare.
- Carat weight which determines the diamonds apparent size.
- Clarity determines the lack of blemishes and inclusions.
- Cut determines how well the diamonds unleashes its light.
- b) Understand the difference between diamond shapes, cutting styles and diamond cut quality.
- Shape refers to the outline of the diamond when viewed face up. The most popular diamond shape is round. Other shapes include pear, oval, rectangle, and square.
- Cutting style refers to how the diamond’s facets are arranged. The most common facet arrangement is the brilliant cutting style with a specific arrangement of 57 or 58 facets. Other cutting styles include the emerald cut and the radiant cut.
- Cut quality refers to how well the facets of the diamond interact with light.
- Where to buy:
- De-beers in Old Bond Street
- Daniel Prince store in London
- Net-a-porter online store
- Astley Clarke online store
Price is an important factor to consider when purchasing a diamond ring, it is best to spend within your means and avoid blowing your budget.