THE FIRST STEP
The first step in selecting a diamond for your engagement ring is deciding what shape you like. Anything other than a Round brilliant diamond is considered a “fancy shape” -Princess, Cushion, Emerald, Asscher, Radiant, Oval, Pear and Heart shape. Each shape has its own distinct characteristics and look. Try them on and see what appeals to you the most. Next, you should look for the best diamond that your budget will allow by following the “4 c’s” – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat weight.
Selecting a diamond with an Excellent cut grade is recommended. This reflects how perfectly the facets are angled and aligned, which translates to the way light is refracted through the stone. Maximum brilliance -or sparkle- is the optimum goal. This is the most important element as it will determine how brilliant your diamond will look.
Diamond colors range from D-Z, with D being the whitest or “colorless.” If you want a colorless diamond D/E/F is the way to go. These colors also command the highest prices. G/H/I are the most popular, as they are still white diamond while offering more gentle pricing. J/K are the warmer tones which when combined with and excellent cut grade can offer the most bang for your buck, especially in the round shape. You might want to keep these colors in mind if you are considering a yellow or rose gold ring, as the diamonds will face up whiter when mounted, due to the color contrast.
This refers to any inclusions, or lack of inclusions in the diamond. IF-VVS2 are the highest clarities, but are not necessary to insure that there will not be anything visible in the diamond. VS1-SI1 clarity is a nice option for a still very high quality diamond.
This is the size of your diamond. As the carat weight goes up so does the price per carat. When selecting your diamond you can determine which of the 4 c’s is the most important to you. We cannot stress enough that each and every diamond has its own individuality and appeal. You must look at each one on its own merit. At the end of the day, you should make your selection based on which diamond speaks to you the most.
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