Where do you start – what will look good, what can you afford, how will it wear, where should you shop, will you be able to have it sized afterward, what kind of wedding band might fit…So many questions.!! Well let us help a little…
Getting Engaged is one of the most special times in your life, so don’t let all the questions overwhelm you. Lots of people are familiar with the 4 C’s but to give you a quick overview here are a few points worth remembering!
Diamond Cut does not refer to a diamond's shape, but to the proportion and arrangement of its facets and the quality of workmanship. The amount of brilliance, sparkle and fire in a diamond is determined by cut. Grades range from 'Excellent' to 'Poor.'
Diamond Color In most diamonds, the term actually refers to the absence of color. The less color in the stone, the more desirable and valuable it is. Some of these differences are not visible to the naked eye, but directly impact the overall quality and price of the stone.
Diamond Clarity measures the amount, size and placement of internal 'inclusions,' and external 'blemishes.' Grades run from 'Flawless,' with virtually no imperfections, to 'Included,' which contain a significant number of imperfections.
Diamond Carat refers to a diamond's weight. Generally speaking, the higher the carat weight, the more expensive the stone. Two diamonds of equal carat weight, however, can have very different quality and price when the other three Cs are considered.
Where ever you buy your diamond ring - make sure it fits you correctly!. Its seems like simple advice but many have issues afterwards especially if you buy abroad. A stock ring can usually be sized by a maximum of 2 sizes depending on the setting. If a ring is in a size N and you are a J and there are stone-set shoulders, then a new ring should be ordered for you in your specific size - it might mean you will wait a few weeks for it - but it will be better in the long run.
Diamond Rings start from €500 upwards, just because you may have under €1000 to spend - you can buy a great looking diamond ring that you will love for life. We are happy to advise you on what best suits your budget and remember no budget is too small so never feel intimitated in saying what you can afford. Buying a diamond ring is supposed to be a happy, fun & loving occassion!
Concentrate first on getting engaged but know that some diamond rings are what are called "wed-fit" which means a wedding band will fit "snugly" under the diamond ring giving a seamless look to both. Check out our getting married blog for more advice on wedding rings.