Choosing the Perfect Diamond Ring
Choosing the right diamond ring for your fiancé is almost as important as choosing the right career, the right car, and the right home to live in. A diamond ring is an investment and a symbol of your marriage that can last a lifetime. For this reason, we strive to help you find the exact ring you’re looking for. Our goal is to match you with the perfect diamond ring at the right price without compromising quality. Continue reading to learn more about choosing a diamond ring.
How to Choose a Diamond
- Choose the Shape
Diamond rings come in a variety of different shapes and cuts. Consider what shape will look best on the recipient’s finger. Common diamond cuts include round cuts and princess cuts. Our jewelers can show you different diamond shapes to help you decide what shape suits you.
- Determine a Carat Weight
The carat weight of a diamond is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams. The value of a diamond increases the greater the carat weight, due to the rarity and desirability of larger diamonds. Diamonds with equal carat weight may differ in value depending on their clarity, color, and cut. The most popular carat size for engagement rings is between one to two carats.
- Select the highest quality diamond of the shape and carat you desire and make adjustments, if needed, to fit your budget.
If a particular shape and carat of a diamond ring is outside your budget, you can consider adjusting a few factors in order to make the ring more affordable while still maintaining the ring’s elegance and beauty. This includes:
Adjusting the Clarity
Like most natural surfaces and stones, diamonds can have imperfections. The higher the clarity of a diamond, the less imperfections the diamond has. If you are looking for a truly flawless diamond, consider a diamond with a grade of VVS2 or better. The most popular grade of diamonds falls into the range of VS1 and VS2. These diamonds cost less than higher grade diamonds, but still appear flawless to the naked eye.
Adjusting the Color:
Many untrained observers cannot distinguish the color of a diamond between the one just above as below unless they are compared side by side in a controlled environment. Color is easier to detect in larger diamonds, therefore, you should select a I color grade diamonds and above if color is important. For the best value in what will appear to the naked eye as a colorless diamond, look for diamonds in the category G-J.
Adjusting the Cut:
For superior brilliance, select a diamond with a cut grade of very good or excellent. If you are on a budget and you are more interested in the diamond’s size, you can select a fair grade cut diamond. Fair grade diamonds can still look beautiful for less than a superior diamond, especially in fancy shapes.
For more information and tips on how to select a diamond ring that’s perfect for you, visit our store or call us today at (352) 394-2612.