How to Purchase a Diamond Engagement Ring | The Beginner's Guide
No engagement is complete without the engagement ring. Traditionally, the engagement ring is a diamond ring presented by the groom to the bride. Since the engagement ring is such an important part of the wedding you shouldn’t take it lightly. There is a lot to know about rings and about your bride before you purchase the ring.
By the time you buy the engagement ring, you should know her ring size. An easy way to figure out her ring size is to secretly take one of her rings to a jeweler. They will be more than happy to help you out. You might also ask her sister or mother, or anyone close to her who would possibly know the ring size. You should also know what shapes of jewelry stones she likes. Does she like white or yellow gold or platinum?
Next, you must set your budget. Engagement ring prices can range from moderately expensive to very expensive. The price of the engagement ring is only limited by your budget. The diamond is what makes the engagement ring such an expensive gift. With such an expensive investment, you should make sure you understand some of the basics of buying diamonds.
Diamond professionals use four factors to purchase diamonds, and you should use the same standards to buy the diamond engagement ring.
1. Color – The color of the diamond has a significant impact on the overall price. Sometimes this is referred to as the color value of the diamond. You might ask the jeweler to place the diamonds you are interested in order based on color value. Since the color differences are so light, it might be difficult to see the color difference between diamonds. Keep in mind the less color the more expensive.
2. Clarity – Clarity is no less important when it comes to selecting a diamond. An Fl (Flawless) graded diamond shows no inclusions (inclusions = flaws) under 10X magnification. Since flawless diamonds are extremely rare, be prepared to pay extra for perfection.
3. Cut – It is the first aspect of the diamond that is influenced by humans. Cut is also called “make,” the better the make the more gorgeous the diamond. Valuing the diamond based on cut can be very subjective.
4. Carat – Carat weight is the basic measuring unit of diamonds. It has to do with how much your diamond weighs.
There is a huge variety of diamonds to choose from. While they are all beautiful, they are very different in color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. We hope you’ll find the above information helpful in selecting your engagement ring diamond. Keep in mind, you should only buy a diamond from a reputable jeweler.