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How to Choose the Perfect Diamond?

How to Choose the Perfect Diamond

The happiest occasions of our lives are often those which include a precious gift. It could be a diploma for the proud graduate, a certificate of achievement for a job well done, or some other item of value. When it comes to events of a highly personal nature, jewelry is the ideal gift. Nothing is more perfect than a diamond ring to mark an engagement, wedding, or an anniversary.

Diamonds remain the most precious of all gemstones, the right sparkler for that special moment. A diamond represents love, commitment, and endurance—three aspects of every successful relationship. To find the perfect diamond engagement ring, we offer to you the following shopping tips.

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When choosing a diamond engagement ring, there are three components you should pay attention to: the band, the setting, and the stone.

The band is typically made out of one of four metals: silver, white gold, yellow gold and platinum. Silver doesn't have the qualities associated with a quality diamond engagement ring, but the other three metals do. A wonderful alternative to silver is white gold which has a similar look but is of a much higher quality.

Classic engagement bands are usually solid metal with a diamond solitaire. More elaborate rings with side stones or tiny diamonds embedded in the channel of the ring are also popular. And the more elaborate the ring, the higher the cost.

The second component of a ring is it’s setting—the part of the ring that physically holds the diamond in place. The prong (or claw) setting is the most commonly used gemstone setting, very popular for solitaire diamond engagement rings. There are several different settings available, each offering a different look.

The third component of the ring is the gemstone. Diamonds are almost always exclusively chosen for wedding and engagement rings. When searching for the perfect diamond, there are four categories (or characteristics) you need to consider:

Cut - Describes the finish, proportion and polish of the diamond. These factors determine the fire and brilliance of a diamond.

Clarity - Describes the clearness or purity of a diamond. A grade is assigned to each diamond, with "F" representing a flawless diamond to "I" describing a diamond that has inclusions. Most diamonds can be found at various grades between “F” and “I.” Diamond buyers will sometimes choose a gem with some inclusions, as long as they are not visible to the naked eye.

Color - From white to yellow, diamonds receive a grade for the amount of color they contain. Diamond buyers prefer colorless to near colorless diamonds, with diamonds graded J, K, and L offering the best value for a customer’s money.

Carat - Carat refers to the weight of the diamond. One carat is equivalent to 0.20 grams. The larger the carat, the pricier the diamond, although the other "C's" can influence the final price significantly.

Though not mentioned as one of the four C's, a diamond's shape plays an integral part in the selection of any diamond engagement ring.

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Pear Cut Diamond

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Heart Cut Diamond

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Asscher Cut Diamond

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Marquise Cut Diamond

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Cushion Cut Diamond

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Hearts & Arrows Hearts & Arrows Arrows is the term used to describe cut diamonds that exhibit a complete and precise Hearts & Arrows pattern. Hearts & Arrows diamonds have three distinguishing factors - perfection in polish, symmetry, and proportion. This effect is attained when all the facets are precisely aligned and the diamonds are cut and polished to perfection. The perfect symmetry of an ICE Hearts and Arrows diamond makes it the ultimate Ideal cut diamond.

Please note that Hearts and Arrows are only available in round diamonds.

Princess, Round, Oval, Radiant, Pear, Heart, Emerald, Asscher, Marquise, Cushion, and Radiant are the most notable of the diamond shapes. Most brides-to-be prefer round or princess shaped stones, a style often associated with marriage.

These tips will help you find the perfect diamond engagement ring to help demonstrate your love and commitment. Choosing a quality ring that is made to last will provide you with a lifetime of precious memories.

You Can Choose the Perfect Diamond Wedding Ring

Your wedding day will be one of the most significant occasions in your life—the beginning of a long term, committed union with a person that you love. Long after the marriage ceremony is over, the reception held, and your honeymoon a pleasant memory, your rings will remain the visible testimony of the promise you made to each other on that most special day.

You should take your time when choosing the perfect diamond wedding ring. A quick decision will generally not build confidence, and may even create doubt long afterwards, as you wonder whether the ring you chose was really the right one. It’s advisable not to rush the purchase of rings that you and your spouse will potentially wear for many decades.

Finding the perfect diamond wedding is similar process to finding the perfect diamond engagement ring, as it involves several steps. The following are three important aspects of the ring shopping process:

Discuss Your Budget - Your eyes may be set on having that ladies' .75 carat platinum round brilliant diamond wedding ring, but your budget won't cover that particular ring. If you choose a ring beyond your current budget, will you be able to afford rings for both of you? There is nothing wrong with exchanging rings with fewer diamonds or settling on white or yellow gold instead of platinum. Many couples who couldn't afford expensive rings when they wed choose to exchange or upgrade their rings once their relationship matured and their finances became secure.

Shop Around - You no longer need to buy your rings at the local jewelry store. On-line merchants (such as James Allen) are selling comparable products via the internet. Visit your local jeweler to get an idea about styles and price, but then compare those prices with merchants who sell their goods on-line. By making your purchase through a reputable and quality internet merchant, you'll pay less and in some cases not have to pay sales tax or shipping. The lower overhead that online sellers have means that the savings are passed on to you, allowing you to pocket the extra cash or choose the more expensive perfect diamond ring.

Consider The Design – Some couples choose matching wedding bands, while others opt for different look, such a ring embedded with many small diamonds for the woman, and a plain gold band for the man. Some men prefer a more subdued look when wearing a wedding band while their wives enjoy a ring that is fancy and inlaid with a centerpiece diamond joined by two smaller diamonds on each side. As recent as two generations ago, it was a rarity for the man to wear a band at all. If a man is reluctant to wear a ring, look for a comfort fit wedding ring for him, something he'll wear without finding it to be a hindrance. Finally, wherever you choose to purchase your perfect diamond rings, you'll want to find a merchant who stands by their products and services. Examine their money back guarantee, the warranty, and the GIA and AGS certificates that come with their diamonds. Once you are married and living under one roof, make certain that your homeowner insurance or renter’s insurance policy covers your diamond engagement ring; in some cases you'll have to take out a separate policy, something your insurance agent can advise you on.

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