Hey everybody, welcome to my website! Just like any other lady, I am a lover of jewelry. I love shopping for pieces and sharing my knowledge with the rest of the world. My understanding of jewels goes beyond just looking at color and size because my family used to own a jewelry store. I am here to guide you through everything you want or need to know about diamonds.
All About Engagement Rings
One of the biggest decisions you or your significant other will have to make is picking out the perfect engagement ring that will last you a lifetime. I put together this guide to help you through the steps of finding something affordable and timeless. It’s important to understand basic concepts of rings before walking into a store.
Most people know the basic shapes of a diamond. They could be round, square, rectangular, heart, triangular, and more. However, some of the shapes can seem somewhat similar. Asscher, cushion, and radiant cut diamonds all resemble squares with rounded edges. If you can’t remember the difference between these shapes, print out a cheat sheet to bring with you shopping. That way, you can tell a jeweler the exact shapes that you like.
Some shapes are slightly more expensive than others, but this isn’t a big factor in price. Round is typically the most expensive. Now that we’ve covered shape- it’s onto the 4 C’s: cut, color, clarity, and carat.
Some people get the cut confused with shape. The cut of a diamond has more to do with depth, while shape is from a birds-eye-view. This factor is what gives a diamond a luminous, sparkly quality and affects how much light it reflects. In a small diamond, this can be difficult to determine. In a large diamond, a diamond’s luminosity is much more apparent.
Cuts of diamonds have been tested to perfection by mathematical analysis. It takes an expert to truly understand the cut’s specific dimensions and how that affects the quality of a diamond. The average shopper should simply look at the diamond and decide for themselves if it sparkly enough for their standards. A smaller well cut diamond could be more appealing to some than a larger less precisely cut diamond. However, the prices may be similar.
Most jewelers choose size over luster because they typically get a larger ROI on a higher carat size. This means that smaller diamonds will likely have higher quality cuts than a larger one. It’s really up to you which factor you value more!
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Most of us are familiar with rings’ carat size, so not much explanation is needed here! Most people look at a ring and determine the carat size by looking at its diameter from the top looking down. However, the weight of a diamond also takes its depth and cut into consideration. Wanting a ring that appears larger does not necessarily mean finding one with a higher carat size.
Just like it sounds, clarity is how clear and pure a diamond is. This takes a couple of factors into effect such as blemishes and inclusions. A blemish is some sort of defect on the surface of a diamond, and an inclusion is an interior defect. An inclusion could be a spec, crack, cloudiness, or material other than diamond. Almost every diamond will have some type of inclusion. In fact, a flawless diamond could raise suspicion that it is a fake. Different organizations have come up with scales to grade a diamond’s clarity. The scale goes from included flawless, and each of these grades have further categories involved.
The majority of diamonds haves colors that vary in a range of a yellowish tinge to a chocolate brown. A diamond that is a color besides this range is called “fancy.” This includes green, red, orange, green, pink, black, and blue. The color of a diamond can affect price, but certain colors are not necessarily more expensive than others. A couple of factors can affect the price of a diamond:
- First of all, different cuts and shapes of diamonds can make a faint color appear to be more vibrant. Deeper colors are typically more expensive than a faded tone.
- Fashion trends can influence price. If a popular celebrity shows off her pale green engagement ring, the price of pale green diamonds may temporarily inflate as people copy her style.
- When certain colors mix together it can change the price. For instance, deep red diamonds are extremely rare and expensive. If a blue diamond has a red hue mixed in to give it a purplish appearance, the red modified will increase its value.
- A true, deep color will likely be more expensive than a white diamond. A pale colored diamond could actually be cheaper than a pure white diamond.
In the end, all of these factors can depend on each other. A certain color will appear more or less vividly depending on cut, and a certain cut could make a diamond appear to have higher or lower clarity. The most valuable factor of a ring is how much you legitimately like it. The better you think it looks, the higher value it should be to you. Don’t focus too much on the technical characteristics because only a professional can value a ring based on the 4 c’s. Go with your gut, and know the basics so no one will take advantage of you. Buying an engagement ring should be the happiest time of your life instead of a stressful process!