When choosing a diamond wedding band, you want to buy the best that your money can buy. The one question though that many men have is how to be sure they are doing just that. Buying this type of jewelry is a very emotional and sentimental time and to spend that kind of money for the woman you plan to marry is a big decision that should not be taken lightly.
To help you make the best decision, start by thinking about your fiancÚs personal preference with jewelry and her lifestyle. For example, if she were conservative, then she would probably prefer a traditional diamond wedding band. However, if she tends to be more modern and trendy, then an antique or contemporary style ring would be ideal. Additionally, some women prefer simplicity, which means a large two-carat diamond would probably be too much while other women love the big stones. If you are unsure, then ask her mother, friend, or sister to help get you the information.
Next, you need to educate yourself about diamond wedding bands so that you know what questions to ask and what to watch out for when shopping. The four Cs are probably the most important, which stand for Carat, Cut, Clarity, and Color. Each of these factors is important individually but together, they will tell you exactly what type of diamond you are buying.
Color All diamonds are graded on color, which ranges from colorless to a number of different colors. While you typically want a diamond to have little color, meaning it is the best, there are some fancy diamonds with colors such as blue, yellow, and pink, which are not flawed but considered as fine quality. The following is how the color of the diamond will be graded:
Cut - The cut of the diamond is also very important in that this is the shape or angles created by a professional diamond cutter. If the diamond is cut well, it will reflect light from one facet to another, which is then dispersed through the top of the stone.
- D to F Colorless
- G to J Nearly Colorless
- K to M Faint Yellow or Brown Color
- N to R Very Light Yellow or Brown Color
- S to Z Tinted Color
Clarity When it comes to clarity, this refers to how perfect the diamond is, with the more-perfect stone costing more. When a diamond has inclusions or imperfections (which they all do just some not as apparent as others), the less fire or sparkle. What you want obviously is a stone that has fire and few imperfections but again, you need to be expected to pay more. Just as with color, clarity is also rated with the use of a 10x microscope, as seen below:
Carat The carat is the weight of the diamond. The bigger the stone, typically the more a diamond will cost. However, for a fair price and in determining the best diamond wedding ring to buy, all four of these factors need to be considered.
- FL Flawless
- IF Internally Flawless
- VVS1 and VVS2 Very, Very Slight Inclusion(s)
- VS1 or VS2 Very Slight Inclusion(s)
- SI1 to SI3 Slight Inclusion(s)
- I1 to I3 Inclusion(s)