Will you marry me?
That moment which will be remembered, relieved and retold for years to come. So you would want to make the moment as magical as possible – and the lasting effect of the magic is the ring.
But choosing the right ring is easier said than done, and with such a big decision, picking the right stone can be such a complex task. There is an endless list of things to consider, so that when you eventually do walk into a jewellery store, you’ll be able to get the most diamond for your money.
Here are the four C’s to consider when buying a diamond.
Cutting a diamond is a special art and is of the alter-most importance. The cut of a diamond determines the way at which light bounces through it. and it is the first thing people notice. The are basically two cuts in a diamond. The Brilliant Cut, which consist of the rounded facets, and it gives the diamond a far more shinny quality and the other which is The Step Cut which consist of the parallel facets that gives the diamond a glassy elegant look.
Don’t get confused, the cut and the shape of the diamond are two different things. the shape is the actual geometric form of the stone while the cut is refers to the angle of its facets.
When referring to carat, it is the overall weight of the diamond. A big misconception is that the greater the carat, the larger the diamond.
This is not always true as a smaller diamond can have a bigger carat weight than its larger counterpart. so don’t head straight for the biggest one when buying a diamond.
The third thing to take into consideration is the clarity, which is the amount of flaws within the diamond. there are very few diamonds in the world that are completely flawless.
The inclusions or flaws can be anything from traces of other materials to scratches and sometimes even voids.
The clarity is graded using letters F, L, V, S and I. An FL diamond is completely flawless, VVS1 and 2 diamonds contain very slight inclusions that can only be seen through 10x magnification. However, diamonds I1-I3 should be avoided as they have very visible flaws.
The colour of the diamond relates to its yellowness. The colours are graded from the letter D through to the letter J.
Diamonds D, E and F are the most colourless, therefore of the highest quality while G,H,I and J are considered near colourless. Everything after J becomes very apparently yellow, even to the naked eye. So if one is low on budget, one might go with a yellowish tint stone. However, make sure to fit it into a yellow gold as this will offset its yellowness.
However, a diamond ring is not the only way to pop the question, if you are looking to get creative, a coloured gem could also do the trick. You could pick the gem purely based on aesthetics or according to your fiancés favourite colour or birth date.