Will You Marry Me? – It Depends On The Ring
You’ve said it a million times in your head and now you’re ready to pop the question to your missus. There’s one small problem, you need to get her a diamond engagement ring.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help! So, you want to get her something special, something that’ll make her smile and think of you every time.
First Things First
What is a diamond? Diamonds are 99.95% crystallised carbon and are formed deep in the Earth’s mantle. They are between one to three billion and are the hardest naturally occurring substance and can only be scratched by other diamonds.
There are only a few diamond mines in the world and the rough diamonds are sent to cutting centres around the world to be shaped and set in the jewellery that becomes a girl’s best friend.
What You Need To Know
The Four Cs
You want to buy a diamond ring, now you need to know what to look for. Diamonds are characterised by the four Cs: cut, colour, clarity and carat. All for of these aspects must be considered when buying diamond jewellery, but the most important of these aspects is definitely the cut.
The cut is the only factor which is influenced by man. If a diamond is cut poorly, it will not sparkle well and could look dull. The diamond cut has to be made so that light enters and exits the diamond in the best possible way, creating that brilliant sparkle.
The cut will also affect the shape of the diamond. For example, the round cut is the most common shape of cut. However, the princess cut is fairly common, as is the elegant marquise cut. Keep these shapes in mind so that you can identify the types of ring you are looking at.
The Colour of the diamond ranges on a scale from D – Z. D being “white” meaning that the diamond is colourless is the most valuable colour of diamond whereas Z diamonds have a light colour and are less valuable.
The Clarity of a diamond can be very hard to spot without using a jeweller’s loupe. During their formation, diamonds may be susceptible to cracks, flaws or inclusions that affect their clarity. Inclusions refer to the internal irregularities of diamonds and external imperfections are referred to as blemishes.
The scale ranges from FL, IF (Flawless/Internally Flawless) down to I1,I2,I3 (Included). For most people, a SI1/SI2 (Slightly Included) grade will suffice as Inclusions and blemishes may not even be visible to the naked eye at this clarity grade.
Carat refers to the weight and subsequently the size of a diamond. A carat is equal to 0.2gm, or 200mgm. Carats are divided into points, which are 100 times smaller than a carat. For example, 0.75 carats equals 75 points. Most engagement rings weigh around 1.00 carat.
Most jewellers will be happy to explain the quality of engagement rings using the four Cs just covered. However, for added security, you can request comparison against a cert stone. Cert stones are diamonds that have been assessed and graded by an independent gemmological laboratory to verify its quality.
Now that you have got the info you need, you can safely go out and get her a ring before you pop the question… or then take her to the jewellery shop first and impress her with all of this new knowledge; the choice is yours!