How to choose an Engagement Ring
Choosing an Engagement Ring should be an exciting fun time and being harmed with the right amount of knowledge, of Diamonds, Precious Gems, Metal and Design you will soon have the confidence to go ahead and make that important purchase that will be worn by the girl of your dreams for the rest of her life.
Our Guide is here to help you to understand the terminology of the jewellery industry, to consider the suitability and practicality, as well as finding a ring that you chosen lady will cherish a lifetime.
What Design Should I Choose
Design of the Engagement ring is one of the most important factors and it is best to get an idea of the type of design that suits your bride to be. Discrete jewellery window shopping is usually enough to discover her expectations however, if this doesn't do the trick, a chat to her girlfriends may disclose her dream ring.
Engagement Rings usually follow traditional designs, with variations in the metals, settings, ring bands, as well as the amounts and combinations of gems. The most popular designs are listed below:
Classic Solitaire Solitaire with Side Stones Three Stone Halo or Cluster
Is a single stone Diamond Engagement Ring. The band of the ring can vary as well as the design of the settings and the size, colour, clarity and cut of the diamond. This design is generally easy to wear and will usually fit neatly against a classic design wedding ring. Although diamonds are the most commonly used gem for an engagement ring, other precious gems and imitation diamonds can also be used.
Solitaire with Side Stones
Sometimes called a Solitaire with Shoulders, these rings consist of a single stone with added extra bling with either clusters of diamonds or dingle diamonds set either side of the centre stone in the band of the ring. Like the classic solitaire it will generally sit neatly against a classic design wedding ring and looks equally beautiful, with plain or stone set wedding rings.
Three Stone Engagement Rings are often referred to as Trinity or Trilogy Rings. They are desirable for what they symbolize The Past, The Present and The Future of the relationship. Any combination of diamond sizes and cut are used and again they are an ideal ring to sit comfortable next to a classic design wedding ring.
Halo or Cluster
A sparkling impressive design, of a round setting with either a solitaire gem set in the centre of the ring surrounded by a cluster of smaller sized gems. The centre of the ring can also be a cluster of closely set diamonds that will give the impression of one large diamond. The cluster design is a perfect when using other precious gems such as, Rubies, Emeralds,and Sapphires.
Choosing a DiamondChoosing a Diamond can be quite daunting, however if you understand how Diamonds are graded and understand what you need to look for when using a Jewellers eye glass, commonly named as a loop you will not go far wrong.
Diamonds are usually graded by looking at what is commonly called the 4 C's. Clarity, Colour, Carat and Cut. The value of a Diamond is dependent on this form of measure. The higher the grade of all these combinations collectively makes a more beautiful and expensive diamond.
Clarity - This refers to how clear the diamond is. Diamonds are natural gems and most have some form of inclusion or natually forming mark inside them. An inclusion usually takes the form of black desposits of carbon, or white lines and sometimes an inclusion may give the appearance of a crack or chip on the diamond. The clarity is measured by using the GIA International Grading System and diamonds are assigned a grade that ranges from flawless (FL) to diamonds with obvious inclusions I3. Certified Diamonds will have a certificate that will give you accurate information on the quality of the diamond. If the ring that you desire does not have a certifiacte it is always worth while asking the jeweller for an eye glass to see the clarity of the diamond for yourself.
Colour - The colour of a diamond is measured by a scale D to Z. The scale starts with the letter D representing colourless and continues with increasing colour to the letter Z. The less colour that is in a diamond the more valuable it is.
Cut - When considering the cut of the diamond the grading system is referring to how well the diamond has been cut. How precise it has been faceted and how the diamond reflects the light and sparkles. A poor cut diamond will not reflect the light properly and may look dull. The scale ranges from excellent down to poor.
Carat - The diamond carat weight is the measure of how much the diamond weighs. A metric carat being 200 milligrams. Jewellers ofter refer to diamond wieghts as a decimal for example 0.25ct. The larger the diamond the more valuable is will be, although two diamonds of the same weight may be different prices depending on the other 3 Cs, Cut, Colour and Clarity.