Know The Diamond Your Partner Needs

Diamonds Wedding Advice

Congratulations! You’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Now, for the ring. Although this may feel like an overwhelming decision, you can get through this no sweat. Read these simple 4 steps with everything you’ll need to know about buying a diamond for your special someone.

  1. The C’s- Simply put, the 4 C’s are categories to judge in order to tell the total value of the diamond. They are the ways to differentiate immaculate, mediocre, and very poor diamonds. These categories are cut, clarity, color, and carat. The word “cut” does not mean the shape or aesthetic of the diamond. The cut refers to how much precision was put into the shallowness or deepness of the diamond, and all the edges that make it sparkle. Without an excellent cut, the diamond won’t catch the light or sparkle like it’s supposed to. Clarity means how clear the diamond is. This category ranges from small, speckle-like “inclusions” that are visible in the diamond to completely clear and spotless. Now for color. The perfect diamond is 100% colorless. The color scale ranges from a muddy yellowish color all the way to a perfect colorless diamond. Carat means the weight or overall size of the diamond.

Usually, people try to get a big carat weight for their center stone and then realize how much it would cost to have that and everything else too. This is why you need to know where you are willing to compromise for price. A good cut is really important for the ring to be impressive, and if carat weight is important to you as well, you might opt for a slightly colored and included ring. There are some inclusions so small that they are not visible to the naked eye, and the same goes for color. Going for this option will still allow you to get the appearance you want without breaking the bank.

  1. The Budget- Speaking of the bank, how do you know how much to spend on a ring? Some people believe in the 2 months income rule, but that’s not an end-all solution or standard. This completely depends on you and what you’re comfortable with spending. A good rule of thumb is to decide on a maximum budget before you go into a jewelry store at all so that you don’t fall in love with a ring that you find out later you can’t afford.

  2. The Style- Talk to your sweetheart about whether she’d like to pick out her own ring or have it be a big proposal surprise. Whether you’re surprising her or not, she will need to find out what her likes and dislikes are. There are a lot of style choices to make; ornate, simple, modern, vintage, princess cut, round cut, halo, yellow gold, white gold, etc. One simple way is to look at pictures of engagement rings together and have her point out what she likes and what she doesn’t like. This will give her a good idea of what is out there and you a good idea of what you need to find once you get to a jeweler.

  3. The Details- Too often the details of the ring and the proposal are overlooked. When you’re planning the proposal, don’t forget to make time for the ring to be finished. After you’ve chosen a ring, it takes time to be made, sized, polished, and picked up, and nothing’s worse than having an extravagant proposal with no ring. Although you can usually have a ring sized right after buying it free of charge, it is a detail to be worried about if it’s too small. Not only does it make the proposal awkward, it is more difficult to size a ring up than size it down. Get an idea of what size she is before you have the ring made. Other details you might want to remember are ring insurance and certifying the diamonds. After spending so much money on the ring, it’s smart to insure it, and also make sure that what you have are indeed diamonds.

Keeping these tips in mind will definitely prepare you for the adventure of buying a diamond. Good luck on your diamond-buying journey, engagement, and eventually, marriage!

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