Finding the perfect diamond engagement ring for the woman you love can be an anxious time. You want to ensure that she will love the ring so you want to make sure you do not make any mistakes when looking over all of the different kinds of diamond rings. When you start your shopping for the perfect ring, you should have the knowledge about what to look for to help you narrow your search. Below are a few tips to selecting the perfect diamond engagement ring:
1. The key to picking the best diamond for the ring is to understand the 4 C’s of diamond buying. The 4C’s stands for Color, Carat, Cut, and Clarity. Diamond carat is the measure of its weight. The carat weight is a determining factor in the price of the diamond which is helpful to know if you have to keep to a strict budget. The cut of a diamond means the angles and proportions that are created when the rough diamond is polished. Diamonds that have the following features: sparkling, have a quality reflection, do not contain any flaws, and are clear, will be assessed as a high quality diamond and will be quite expensive.
2. When it comes to diamond rings, there are many shapes and styles available. A relatively new shape called the ‘Princess Cut,’ is becoming quite popular. The Princess Cut is called a square/rectangular modified diamond. The most popular diamond shape is the round diamond. Other fancy shape diamonds include: heart, marquise, oval, pear, emerald, elongated, radiant and heart. There are even diamond rings that come as a single stone and rings with more than one stone in the setting.
3. It is important to find out the size of ring she wears. There are ring sizers that you can order to help you determine the right size ring to buy. You can also ask her friends and family for help on the ring size. As well, you can also temporarily borrow one of her rings and take it to the jewelry store or use a printable ring chart available on many jewelry websites. Another tip to determining her ring size is to press one of her rings into a small bar of soap such as hotel soap to get an imprint of the ring. Use a ring sizer to match the imprint.
4. It is important to select the right setting for a diamond ring. Different types of settings include White Gold, Yellow Gold, and Platinum. You also have to consider the quality of the metal such as 18K or 14K. Platinum will require periodic polishing. You also have to decide the best setting such as a single diamond setting, a cluster of small diamonds, or a three diamond setting. There are solitaire settings with 4 prongs, 6 prongs and bezelled settings.
When you begin shopping for a diamond engagement ring, the choices can be overwhelming. If you take the time to learn about the different types of diamond engagement rings that includes the type of metal and available styles, it will make the ring buying experience much less stressful. When you know what type of rings the special woman in your life prefers and you understand how diamonds are assessed and priced, the result will be a ring she will love and a sound investment.