DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS GUIDE Is there any purchase more important than a diamond engagement ring? All women dream about the moment they are proposed to. Will it be in Paris? Will it be in public or private? Will there be rose petals all over the ground? And, most importantly, what will the ring be like? There is a lot of pressure on the man to get it right, and we are guessing you probably haven’t bought a lot of diamond rings in your time, so it can be a bit daunting and intimidating. But, don’t fret, as we have put together this guide to help you out.
Grading – There is only one place to begin, and this is with diamond grading. There are a number of diamond grading systems used around the world, but it is recommended that you choose a GIA certified stone, as the Gemological Institute of America is the most recognised and widely used system.
So, how is a diamond graded?
* Cut * Clarity * Colour * Carat
These are known as the four ‘C’s, and it is important to have an understanding of them. We explain them in full detail in our education section. However, we’ll give you a quick breakdown here. Cut is the way in which the diamond is cut – the proportions – it’s not the shape of the diamond. The cut impacts the way in which the light reflects off the surface. Clarity refers do the diamond’s inclusions/blemishes, and the colour is how transparent the diamond is. Finally, carat refers to the weight.
Our recommendations are to look for a diamond that has a clarity grade of VS1 – SI1, a colour grade of D – G, a fluorescence grade of none – faint, and a cut/polish grade of excellent – very good. Nonetheless, seeing the diamond in person is the best solution, so you can really get a feel for what it is like and get recommendations from a specialist.
Budget – Now that you are educated regarding the four C’s, you should consider your budget. Diamond rings vary in price considerably, so it is a good idea to set a limit. Don’t worry if you have a tight budget; there are different qualities that you can play around with to lower the price.
Metal – What type of metal are you going to choose? Popular options include white gold, yellow gold and platinum. According to our latest survey 60% of buyers preferred platinum rings, while 20% white gold, 10% yellow, and 10% rose gold.
Diamond shape – The shape of the diamond is so important and if you are lucky your girlfriend may have hinted about this before. You have many options to choose from, such as Princess, Emerald, Heart, Round, Oval, Pear, and Marquise. 50% of respondents opted for a traditional round brilliant, while 20% went for oval cut diamonds, 15% cushion cut and the remainder diving between princess, pear and emerald.
Ring setting – There are a number of patterns and details to choose from. However, most rings fall into one of the following three settings: halo setting, side stone and solitaire. The latter is a single stone, which is held securely in a prong setting so that the diamond catches the light. This is the most popular style of engagement ring. A side stone setting is one whereby the main stone is flanked by other gemstones or diamonds for additional colour or sparkle. Finally, a halo setting is one whereby the main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds to create the illusion of greater size or to add sparkle.
Ring size – Last but not least, you need to get your girlfriend’s ring size right. Most women have a ring size ranging from G to R, with the most common sizes being between K to N. The best thing to do is take one of your girlfriend’s rings without her realising, and get the size this way.
So there you have it – all of the things you need to consider when you are looking for a diamond engagement ring. If you need some assistance, don’t hesitate to book a free appointment with one of our experts. We would be more than happy to guide you and show you the different options we have available for your budget. Explore our Diamond Engagement rings.