Okay, so popping the big question can seem quite stressful. You’ll be anxious, excited and all of these emotions will be wrapped in a bow of hope (that she says yes). But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – you have to buy the ring first.In order to pick the perfect ring for your partner there are a number of things you need to consider: In order to pick the perfect ring for your partner there are a number of things you need to consider:
Diamonds occur naturally, and as a result no two are exactly alike. The gem quality and colour is likely to vary. Generally, the clearer the diamond the better quality it is, but did you know that they can also come in bright shades such as pink, blue and orange?
\r\nDiamond clarity does not refer to cloudiness but rather the number of flaws, such as marks and scratches. The best diamonds will have perfect clarity, but these are rare. The majority of diamonds in jewellery will have a small flaw of some kind.
The cut of a diamond is how it has been shaped and polished. When grading the cut a jeweller will look at the jewels’ proportions and symmetry as these factors are likely to affect its quality. The best rings will have great cuts.
A carat (ct.) is the length of measure for the weight and size of diamonds. In general the larger the carat, the bigger the diamond, and the higher the cost. A carat is equal to 0.2g with a 100 points per carat.
There are a number of different shaped diamonds in order to fit with the designs and styles of diamond engagement rings. Here are the most common ones:
Brilliant diamond – a round, cone shaped diamond.
Princess diamond – a square diamond in the shape of an inverted pyramid. The sides are bevelled
Oval diamond – Invented in the 60s, it is an elliptical version of the brilliant diamond with 56 facets.
Marquise diamond – Also known as a navette cut. This is a stretched oval in a boat shape.
Heart diamond – A classic heart shape with 59 facets.
Emerald diamond – A rectangular or square diamond with truncated corners and facets that are stepped.
Pear diamond – Also known as a teardrop shape. This gem is considered a mix of the marquise and the round brilliant.
Asscher diamond – A stepped square similar to the emerald diamond. It also has cropped corners.
Cushion diamond –
A deep square of rectangle shape with large facets. The edges in this diamond shape are rounded so that it resembles a cushion.
Trillion diamond – A triangular diamond with 31 facets.
Baguette diamond – A stretched version of the emerald cut.
Radiant diamond – A 4 sided diamond with clipped corners. It is seen as a hybrid of the emerald and brilliant shapes.
The Ring Itself
When it comes to quality diamond engagement rings, you also have to think about the metal of the ring. There are three basic shapes to a ring;
Court – rounded edges and smooth cuts.
Flat court – A flat outside and a curved inside for comfort. This is truly the best of both worlds.
D-Shape – Rounded on the outside but flat on the inside.
Don’t get scared with all of this information, often when you see the right ring you’ll just know. And if you need more help we’ve got you covered.