Diamonds are a girls best friend, but do you know the difference between diamonds? There are many factors when considering buying a diamond ring. There are multiple settings, cuts, and sizes. The easiest decision is going to be what metal the setting is going to be. There are only a few choices in this area, yellow gold, white gold, platinum, or titanium.
How To Buy a Diamond Engagement Ring
The next think to think about is the shape, or cut, of the diamond. There are many choices in cuts. Are you looking for a round, emerald, princess, oval, heart, pear, square and marquise? A round cut, oval and heart cuts are exactly what they sound like. Emerald cut is rectangular in shape with the corners truncated giving the stone an octagonal outline. The princess cut is square and the pear cut is like a tear drop. Last on the list is marquis cut. This is an elongated diamond shape with two opposite sides rounded.
You also have to decide on clarity and color of the diamond. The clarity of the diamond is used to indicate the visual appearance of the diamond. A clarity grade is assigned based on the overall appearance of the stone under ten times magnification. There are eleven grades diamonds can fall into. These range from flawless to large and extremely easy to see inclusions (flaws). There is also the color of the diamond that you have to consider. Diamonds are rated from colorless to light yellow (This grading system is for white diamonds).
Next on the list of things to consider is the setting. A solitaire setting is just the stone and the band. You can also choose a stone with a diamond band. The diamonds in the band are smaller and usually sent into the band itself. Another favorite is a three stone setting or a setting with side stones. Both of these options have the main stone surrounded by two other stones. A nice idea with the three stones is to have the birth stones of the bride and groom on each side of the diamond. If choosing the three stone setting the side stones are smaller than the main stone but smaller than if you were to choose a setting with side stones. Last but not least you may choose the pav`e setting. This is a setting somewhat like the diamond band. The difference is that with a pay`e setting ia that the stones are placed together so closely that no metal shows.
When you add all these things together, the seller will determine the cost of the ring. Personal preference will dictate what style ring you choose. Best advice is to consider the ring metal and shape of the stone first. Then, think about the rest.
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