There is nothing more thrilling than picking out the perfect engagement ring to symbolize your love and commitment for a bright forever after. However, ring shopping can also be overwhelming. Doing some research before investing in your diamond engagement ring can save you tons of stress and money, and ensure that your ring will be cherished for generations to come.
Set Realistic Financial Boundaries
Ring shopping is a rush, but in the excitement and pressure of the moment, it is easy to throw caution to the wind and allow yourself to be up-sold to a ring you cannot afford. Your diamond engagement ring should be a token of love and commitment, not a symbolic ball-and-chain that drowns you in debt. Remember, you will have other important purchases to make in the future, like a house, a car, and college for your children!
Establishing a firm price range before going ring shopping can help the sales staff find rings that fit your budget. Our team Leeza Braun will help you pick an exquisitely, custom designed engagement ring that will fit into your budget. That way, you can begin married life without the stress of added debt.
Understand the 4 Cs of Diamond Quality
Most people cannot tell a valuable or rare diamond from a manmade CZ. In 1931, the nonprofit Gemological Institute of America (GIA) was established to set quality standards for gemstones, to protect both buyers of sellers. Before you shop, educate yourself on the GIA’s four Cs of diamond quality:
- Color: Diamond color is graded using a color scale ranking of D to Z, representing colors from clear to yellow. The closer your diamond is to colorless, the greater its quality and value.
- Clarity: Diamonds come from the earth, and may have naturally occurring flaws and blemishes. The GIA clarity scale has 11 grades, and most diamonds fall into categories of very slightly or slightly blemished. A completely clear diamond is rare and therefore considered more valuable.
- Cut: Before it is cut, a diamond is like a slab of marble that will one day become a beautiful sculpture. Diamond cutting is an art that brings out the best in a gemstone so that it catches and reflects light to showcase its natural beauty. The GIA evaluates cut using seven components: Polish, symmetry, weight ratio, girdle thickness, fire, scintillation, and brightness. Using these standards, diamonds are then given a cut grade ranging from poor to excellent.
- Carat Weight: A metric carat is 200 mg in weight. Because large diamonds are rarer, a diamond’s value generally goes up with its carat weight.
Bear in mind that each diamond has its own unique characteristics. Two diamonds of the same carat weight may vary in clarity, cut and color. It is up to you to decide how much size matters, compared to others features that give your diamond greater quality and value.
Understanding how diamond value is determined will help you get the highest quality and value for your money. When you arrive at the diamond store armed with knowledge about diamond quality, the sales staff will try harder to please you with diamonds that meet your high standards.
Select the Best Setting for Lifestyle
While the quality of your gemstone is important, the setting should be given equally careful consideration. A few things to consider:
- Will you wear your engagement ring paired with your wedding band? If so, a wedding set may be your best choice, as they are designed to stack perfectly.
- What color and quality of metal do you want for your setting? Yellow gold is a classic, but it can cast a yellow hue to your otherwise clear diamond. White gold and platinum will enhance your gemstone’s color, but it all comes down to personal preference. Gold is a more brittle metal, platinum is softer metal, and may show more thinning and wear over time.
- In addition to metal type, you need to decide on the mounting. Do you want your stone to float above your ring in a prong setting, or do you want it embedded in the ring’s metal? When deciding on the mounting, take into consideration how often you will wear the ring, the type of work you do, and how you use your hands on a daily basis.
There is nothing wrong with window shopping before you make a purchase decision. We at Leeza Braun are experts in educating you as to the best diamond for your budget as well as your lifestyle and design tastes. We ensure that our exquisite custom diamond engagement ring will bring you years of joy…just like your marriage! Before you make your purchase, you will know that you are getting the best value, quality and design to suit your budget and lifestyle. To view some of our custom engagement rings, CLICK HERE. To contact us to make an appointment, CLICK HERE