If you’re part of the majority of people who select a diamond as their engagement ring center gemstone, you’re going to want to pay attention to this week’s blog post. Selecting a diamond is one of the most important steps when it comes to creating an engagement ring. There’s a lot to consider during the diamond selection process, so here are some of the most important things to keep in mind when deciding which diamond is the best fit for you (or your significant other).
- Determine what diamond shape you’d like. Round, princess, oval, cushion, marquise, etc. These are just some of the many different diamond shapes you can choose from. Selecting a diamond shape pretty much comes down to personal preference. What shape appeals to you the most? Do you want sparkle? If so, you might want to go with a round brilliant cut diamond. If elegance is more your thing, you should consider going with an emerald cut diamond. For more information on these different diamond shapes, click here.
- Set your budget. Knowing what you can afford definitely plays an important part in selecting a diamond. You may want a five carat diamond, when in reality your budget only allows for a one carat diamond. It helps to work with a local jewelry store that has a lot of different diamond resources so that they can find you the best deal possible given your budget.
- Familiarize yourself with the 4 C’s. Obviously the most expensive diamonds will have the best cut, highest carat weight, be colorless, and have very few inclusions. After researching the 4 C’s and speaking with an experienced diamond buyer, you’ll be able to determine which one (if not all) of the 4 C’s is the most important to you so that you can better allocate your budget.
- Compare multiple diamonds in person. After you know what quality diamond you’re looking for, it helps to view the diamonds in person. A diamond certificate can only tell you so much about that certain gemstone. It’s only after you look at the diamond in person and compare it to others that you’ll be able to really see the difference between the gems. Never purchase a diamond without seeing it in person beforehand.
- Make sure the diamond doesn’t have any significant flaws or fractures. Diamonds are tough, but if they’re hit hard enough in just the right spot, they can break just like any other gemstone. Looking at the diamond under a microscope or having an experienced jeweler examine the diamond will help you determine whether the diamond you’re interested in is one that will hold up to daily wear and tear.
- Work with an experienced, reputable jeweler. Diamond buying can be a tricky process. You may think you want one particular diamond, but when given more information, you may decide that diamond’s not the one for you. This is why it’s so important to work with an experienced diamond buyer who will seamlessly guide you through the diamond selection process and make selecting the right diamond easy and enjoyable for you.
If you have any questions about the diamond selection process or are interested in purchasing a diamond engagement ring, give us a call at 414-276-2457 and we’d be more than happy to assist you.