How to Choose Diamonds for Engagement Rings

Diamonds tend to be the choice of custom engagement rings because they are timeless and match with anything. Diamond is the hardest material so it is suitable as a gem for an engagement ring. Diamonds do not lose their luster and are resistant to scratches. Because engagement rings and wedding rings are worn every day, people prefer diamonds that are suitable for daily use because of the properties mentioned above. Choose gems other than diamonds only if your lover really likes other stones, or has expressed a strong dislike of diamonds. When choosing diamonds, pay attention to the things described below.

Use carat to determine general weight or size. Carat refers to the size of a diamond unit, that is weight, not size. Each carat has 100 points which is basically a measure of the percentage of carats of a diamond. For example, a 75pt diamond means 75% or 0.75 carats. Higher rust is generally larger, and more expensive.

Consider whether you want clear or colored diamonds. The color of diamonds varies greatly and most people prefer white diamonds to engagement rings. The colors are classified as D (colorless and rare) and the best quality diamonds are around F and H. However, all grades from D to I are almost identical when installed.

Note the diamond clarity. Because diamonds are formed naturally, there are imperfections in almost all diamonds. This is called inclusion, and occurs because there was a slight stain when diamonds formed millions of years ago. The less imperfect the diamond, the better the clarity, and the more light is reflected so that the diamond “sparkles”. Naturally, a clearer diamond will increase in value. Perfect diamonds without deep defects or surface defects are very difficult to find because they are so rare.

Consider the diamond’s cut. There are various ways to cut diamonds and the type of cut affects the sparkle of a diamond. The piece that produces the most luster is the round (brilliant) piece, while the radiant and princess cut is good for hiding blemishes. Other pieces include square, emerald, pear, marquise, cushion, Asscher, and heart shape. The oval shape looks best for larger stones, and looks bigger than a round cut. High-quality pieces (not necessarily above “ideal”) are more important than weight or color and very high clarity. Diamonds, like road reflectors, shine a light back in the direction it comes in and breaks up a little in the process. The cut is considered the fourth of the big “4 C” you should know when choosing a ring.

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