I need some help with a major life
decision. I’ve been dating my girlfriend for five years. I’m sure she’s the
one, and I’m ready to propose. We’ve talked about marriage, and we’re both on
the same page. It feels like it’s the right time to start this new chapter in
I have most of the details sorted
out. I’m just worried about the ring. I know her size, but I want to make sure
that I’m buying her a good quality ring. What should I be looking for?
It sounds like you’re prepared to take a big and important step in your life.
an engagement ring can be an intimidating process, especially if you’ve never
purchased diamond jewelry. It’s easy to get swindled if you don’t know what to
look for or how to gauge the quality of a diamond.
you’re buying a diamond engagement ring, the first thing you should
understand is the 4Cs.
· Color: Diamond colors are graded from D-to-Z. Diamonds
that have less color are rarer.
· Clarity: The clarity refers to the absence of
blemishes and inclusions.
· Cut: The quality of the cut refers to how well it
reflects light (or sparkles).
· Carat: The carat weight refers to the size of the
important to determine which of these “Cs” is most important to you. This will
help you eliminate diamonds you don’t want and narrow down your options to ones
that your bride-to-be will love.
with understanding the 4Cs, you should also understand
diamond shapes, cut quality and styles. Round is the most popular diamond
shape, but there are also other shapes, such as: rectangle, marquise, square,
pear, heart and oval.
cutting style refers to the way the diamond’s facets are arranged. The most
common cutting style for round diamonds, for example, is the brilliant cut with
an arrangement of 57-58 facets. Other cutting styles including the radiant cut,
which is square or rectangular in shape but cut in the brilliant style. The
emerald cut, which is also rectangular or square in shape, has four longer
facets along the edges and beveled corners.
quality will refer to the way the diamond’s facets interact with light.
addition to the diamond itself, you’ll need to consider the metal of the band.
White gold and platinum are popular choices because they offer a sleek, modern
look. These silver-colored metals are also a good choice for diamonds with
little color (in the D-J range) because they really make the diamond’s
colorlessness pop. If this type of diamond were set on gold prongs, it would
make the diamond take on a yellow appearance.
gold is another popular option. It creates a warm look without giving the
diamond a yellow tint.
also need to decide how you want the diamond to be set:
· Prong: Four to six prongs hold the diamond in place, usually
for a single-stone ring (known as a solitaire).
· Halo: The large center stone is encircled by tiny
diamonds. This type of setting can add sparkle to a ring and make the center
stone appear larger.
· Bezel: A thin metal strip is hammered or pushed around
the edges of the gem to hold it in place. The setting provides great protection
for the stone.
course, you’ll also need to consider your budget – probably the most important
factor of them all.