Engagement Season – Shopping for an Engagement Ring
Shopping for an Engagement Ring
You found the perfect partner, now it’s time to find the perfect ring. I know shopping for an engagement ring can be daunting, but consider these five points to make the shopping process a breeze.
Rumor has it that you should budget two months salary when purchasing an engagement ring. This amount can range significantly depending on your career. Spend what makes you feel comfortable and does not put you in significant debt.
On the International Grading Scale diamond colour can range from exceptional white (the best) to tinted in colour (the worst).
When choosing the colour you need to keep in mind the type of metal band you would like to use, and the cut of diamond. The lighter the metal you use, the more colourless the diamond should be. This will really make the diamond pop in contrast to the band. The cut of diamond also dictates the ideal colour. A round shape should have less colour than an oval, marquise or pear due to how the light refracts.
The carat (weight) of the diamond can often be confused with the size. The majority or rings mined in the world are less than a carat. Diamonds over a carat a more rare, and it’s even more rare to find a diamond over a carat with excellent clarity. There is a give/take when looking at diamonds. You have to think of what is most important to your soon-to-be fiance; quality or size? The larger the diamond, the larger chance it has imperfections.
The clarity of a diamond is judged by its amount of inclusions (imperfections). On the International Grading Scale it ranges from FL (the best) to I3 (the worst). Don’t worry guys, it’s not the end of the world if your favorite diamond has an inclusion. Unless the diamond is of poor quality, inclusions are only visible with a 10x microscope.
Want an extra sparkly diamond? The cut of your diamond will depict how sparkly it will be. The ideal cut will gather and reflect the most amount of light from the top. If a diamond is too shallow or too deep it will not reflect light back out the top, causing it to sparkle less and appear dull.
Popular cuts include; round, princess, cushion, marquise, emerald, radiant, pear, oval and asscher.
I hope this post has helped educate you on what to consider when purchasing an engagement ring. Over the next couple of weeks I will be highlighting key engagement ring tips and tricks from both local and international experts. HAPPY SHOPPING!