A diamond engagement ring is the dream of many brides, but few people know enough about diamonds to be sure they are getting a good deal. By learning about the following characteristics of diamonds, you can ensure that you purchase a high-quality ring that will hold its value.
1. Diamond Shape
The shape of diamond that you prefer in an engagement ring is partly personal preference. However, you should keep in mind the fact that a round diamond sparkles more than other shapes as a result of the path that light takes inside the diamond. For this reason, round diamonds can be more valuable than other shapes, such as heart, pear or oval.
2. Diamond Colour
Some people think that all diamonds are clear, but, in fact, they are available in a wide range of colours, including pink, yellow and blue. Coloured diamonds can make your engagement ring unique, although it can be more difficult to get accurate valuations for coloured diamonds due to their rarity.
3. Diamond Cut
The cut of diamonds is rated according to one of four grades: ideal, very good, good, or poor. Better cut grades not only mean that the diamond is worth more but also allow it to sparkle more, which means that your engagement ring will look more impressive.
4. Diamond Clarity
The term clarity refers to the number of flaws that exist inside a diamond. The best clarity grade is "flawless" which is sometimes shortened to "FL", which means that the diamond has no internal flaws at all. Flawless diamonds are the most expensive and also the most sparkly diamonds. Lower clarity tiers can still look very beautiful.
Diamond clarity is particularly important for large diamonds. In smaller diamonds, flaws are rarely noticeable and do not have much effect on the diamond's appearance or value. A good alternative to a diamond engagement ring with a single diamond is a ring that contains several smaller stones that each have a medium level of clarity.
5. Diamond Carat
Jewellers use the term carat to refer to the size of a diamond. This is the term that most people are familiar with and one which they often prioritise when buying a diamond engagement ring. However, it can be better value to purchase a ring with a diamond of lower carat that has a higher cut grade and clarity. When shopping for an engagement ring, look out for designs that feature smaller, sparklier diamonds instead of larger, duller ones. Keep this information in mind as you look for diamond engagement rings.