Buying the perfect engagement ring can be an overwhelming process. After all, it's among the biggest purchases of your life. You must find an engagement ring that matches the love you have for your partner.
It's not enough to have a magical proposal plan; the engagement ring crowns it all. What you need is a user-friendly guide to get you started. Here is everything on how to start engagement ring shopping.
1. Understand the 4Cs
The first step in engagement ring shopping is knowing the 4Cs (Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat). This is a global diamond grading system that has become mainstream. You can access the quality of the rock by using this system. Here is a breakdown of all the elements in the 4Cs.
Color — A diamond's lack of color is graded from D-to-Z. Diamonds that have less color are rarer, thus more expensive.
Clarity — Diamonds usually include tiny white or black lines and specks. These are minute imperfections that affect the clarity of the stone. Less flawless translates to higher prices and vice-versa.
Cut — Graded from excellent to poor, cuts determine the ring's sparkle factor. The quality of the cut will dictate how the diamond unleashes its light.
Carat — The weight and size of the rock are measured in carats. However, an average engagement ring usually has a one-carat diamond.
2. Pick a Shape
There are numerous shapes to choose from in the market. You can go for oval, round, Asscher, cushion, pear, or emerald shapes. Your taste and preference will dictate the best diamond shape for you and your partner. These shapes give you choices when shopping for an engagement ring.
3. Have a Budget
You have probably heard that an engagement ring should cost at least three months' salary. This is a common myth that can mess up your finances. Look for an engagement ring that fits your budget. However, the amount of money you spend will have a huge impact on the center stone's quality.
Buying an engagement ring is made simple with Gold & Diamond Source. Browse through our extensive catalog to find something that showcases your love without breaking the bank.
Yes, It's Possible to Scratch Your Diamond
We tend to see our diamond rings as indestructible because they are the hardest known substance. Diamonds are used for drill bits in commercial and mining applications, for heaven's sake. However, all is not as it seems.
A flawless diamond might no longer be considered perfect once worn because it can easily acquire small blemishes. Diamonds are susceptible to scratches and tiny marks for several reasons, but there are ways to avoid those and help your ring maintain its brilliance.
The setting you choose for your diamond can do much to either protect the precious stone or expose it. Have you noticed how marquis settings have a triangle over the tip of the stone to protect it from chipping? A jeweler can help you choose a setting that best protects your diamond. Also, some cuts of diamonds are less susceptible to damage than others.
We are so active throughout the day -- from sports and exercising to cleaning and gardening -- and the ring stays on. While it can be risky to constantly take a ring off, try to be mindful of the activities you are performing. If you bump your ring against something, you may not only scratch it, but you could loosen a prong and risk losing the diamond.
We hardly give a second thought to the chemicals we expose our jewelry to each day. Abrasive cleaners and scrubbing tools may create minute scratches in your diamond. Some substances that we use in our daily lives may dull its appearance.
Use the mildest of cleaners such as diluted dish soap to clean your diamond. A soft toothbrush works well, but be careful to scrub very gently. Regularly removing built up grime and dirt will allow your diamond to look its best. Your jewelry store will also be happy to clean it for you, and they can check for loose prongs or other dangers at the same time.
It is good practice to insure your diamond ring through a reputable company. Your jeweler can advise, or you may be able to add it to a homeowners' policy. You will need an up-to-date appraisal that your jeweler can supply.
Take care of your ring, and it will retain its sparkle and brilliance for years to come. We invite you to stop in for a jewelry inspection, cleaning or resizing. Who knows? You might find even find your new best friend!
A solitaire engagement ring showcases the dazzling beauty of a single diamond. Whether showcasing a heart, emerald, round, pear or other shape diamond or gemstone, this engagement ring style is perfect for the bride who appreciates elegance and simplicity. If you are looking for a classic, traditional engagement ring, a solitaire engagement ring might be perfect for you!
In this classic setting, the diamond or gemstone takes center stage, unlike a halo engagement ring or three-stone engagement ring with additional stones. This engagement ring style is most often paired with a prong setting to maximize the sparkle.
Many people do not know that a solitaire engagement ring setting is a perfect choice for any diamond shape, from round to pear to heart. With a single center diamond, this ring style is a classic choice that never go out of style.
Elle Macpherson, Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Lauren Conrad are just a few of the A-listers sporting solitaire engagement rings.
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While white diamonds have long been the standard, fancy colored diamonds are growing in popularity for everything from engagement rings to earrings. Naturally appearing in nearly every color of the rainbow, fancy color diamonds offer rich, sophisticated colors to all types of jewelry. From celebrities to engagement ring designers to Pinterest, fancy colored diamonds are enjoying their time in the spotlight.
Diamonds in Every Color of the Rainbow
Colored diamonds come in every color you could imagine — blue, pink, champagne, chocolate, even black! Blue is especially trendy right now, but is also a classic and calming shade. Pink and champagne are feminine and subtle options, while exotic colors like chocolate and black are sure to get noticed for their unique beauty and flair!
Natural vs. Treated Colored Diamonds
Many colored diamonds occur naturally due to minerals that make up the diamond stone. However, technological advances have made it possible to recreate the same gorgeous colors at prices that are within reach for every jewelry lover. Either way, colored diamonds are completely unique and individual items.
A Perfect Pick in Any Color
Fancy-colored diamonds may be the hottest trend in jewelry design right now, but these colorful beauties are much more than just a fad. Colored gemstones have long been classic choices for the discerning jewelry lover, from emeralds to rubies and sapphires. Fancy-colored diamonds combine these gorgeous tones with the classic appeal and high value of a true diamond.
Classic and Colorful
Fancy-colored diamonds let the wearer express her unique fashion sense, as well as her love of the finer things. Classy and colorful, what could be a better combination?
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