Falling in love with the woman of your dreams is something most men dream of, which is exciting! If you have fallen in love, dated someone special, and now realize you want to spend the rest of your life with her, the next step is buying an engagement ring. To help you through the process, making sure you buy a quality ring at a reasonable price, we have put some valuable information together for you. The first and most important thing you can do is educate yourself about diamonds and engagement rings. This will help you make the best choice possible for the money.
First, rings are distinguished by cut, color, clarity, and carat. For the cut, a diamond cutter will create various cuts, many times based on the raw diamond. A good cut will be symmetrical and light reflective. This type of cut is expensive and beautiful. On the other hand, a poor cut will be too shallow, resulting in very little reflection. As you begin your search for a diamond, remember that cuts are rated from a zero, which is extremely high quality to a 10, which is poor or inferior quality.
The next thing to consider is the color of the diamond. Although you could purchase actual colored diamonds such as pink or yellow, the cost of these diamonds is very high. However, for the clear diamonds as most people know, you will discover a special code that will help guide you to the best color possible within your budget. Color is also coded on a scale of zero to 10 with the goal being to buy a diamond with the least amount of color. The following is a great reference to use when choosing color:
0 to 1.0 (D through F) Colorless and the highest quality and most expensive
1.5 to 3 (G through J) Near colorless
3.5 to 4.5 (K through M) Faint yellow
5 to 7 (N through R) Very light yellow
7.5 to 10 (S through Z) Light yellow and the least quality and least expensive
Clarity is what determines how many flaws and the level of flaws a diamond has. In truth, just about every diamond has some type of flaw. However, the degree and number of flaws is what makes the diamond high or low quality. Using a rating scale, you can easily determine how flawed a diamond is when shopping, as you will see below:
0 (FL or IF) Flawless This means the diamond has no inclusions visible to an expert using a 10x magnification, meaning this diamond is high quality and more expensive
1 to 2 (VVS1 or VVS2) Very small inclusions, which are hard to see by an expert using a 10x magnification
3 or 4 (VS1 or VS2) Minor inclusions, which are hard to see by anyone using 10x magnification
5 or 6 (SI1 or SI2) Inclusions are noticeable using 10x magnification but not to the naked eye
7 to 10 (I1 through I13) The inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification and some can be seen with the naked eye
Finally, the carat is the weight of the diamond. Keep in mind that a 4.0-carat diamond, which is huge does not mean it is a better diamond than a 1.0 diamond. The other factors are what determine the quality, not the size. However, if you have a large carat diamond that also rates high in cut, color, and clarity, then you should expect to pay good money.
Other considerations when buying an engagement ring include the setting, the shape, and the type of metal, whether white or yellow gold, platinum, or titanium. The best thing is to set your budget first and then before you go shopping, consider the type of jewelry your sweetheart wears. For instance, if she typically wears smaller, daintier rings, then you would want to choose something beautiful and romantic without it being too large. On the other hand, if she prefers things unique, then this might be the time to create your own design or work with a jewelry designer to create a one-of-a-kind ring.