Buying the perfect diamond
Various aspects of the diamond—such as the shape, clarity, cut, carat and certification have to be considered while purchasing an engagement ring. It is important to make a well-informed purchase and hence here is a guide which will help you with purchasing the perfect diamond for your partner.
1. Diamond Shape
Observe the jewelry she wears, to get an idea about the shape of the diamond she prefers. Diamonds are available in a number of shapes such as – round, square, Asscher-cut, oval, pear-cut and so on. The popular engagement ring choice these days are the ones with round diamond in the center; but you can always pick the shape you like the most. The picture below shows the different shapes of diamonds available.
2. Diamond Size
The size of the diamond is another feature which enhances the beauty of the ring. A bigger diamond certainly looks more attractive than small ones, but make sure, the size of the diamond complements the size of her fingers. It is good to get an idea of the size of diamond that would best suit your budget while serving the purpose of the purchase.
3. Diamond Cut
The cut of the diamond is an essential feature of the stone and helps to identify the brilliance (the shine) and the finish of the diamond. The cut defines the manner in which the light passes through the diamond and gets reflected. Diamonds having ideal, excellent or a very good cut grade are considered well-cut. Other cuts include good, fair, or poor cut.
4. Diamond Color
Diamond color refers to the colorlessness of the diamond. Colorless diamonds are the most highly valued diamonds. There are diamonds available in different colors but for the highest value, choose colorless or near-colorless ones with no noticeable color. According to the GIA Diamond Color scale, the categories in which the diamonds are divided on the basis of color range from D to Z, with D category being the colorless and the most valuable one whereas Z category diamond has a slightly yellow color. Other colors include: Near Colorless, Faint Yellow and Very Light Yellow.
5. Diamond Clarity
Clarity refers to the absence or presence of inclusions inside or on the surface of the diamond. It plays a major role in the pricing of the diamond as diamonds which have no inclusions visible to the human eye are highly priced. Inclusions are a natural flaw in the diamond but are viewed as a unique characteristic of the diamond as well. Few of the diamond clarity factors are the amount of inclusions, size of inclusions, nature of inclusions, and the color of inclusions. These factors help in the grading of the diamond into various categories.
6. Diamond Carat
The weight of the diamond is very important. A carat is equal to 0.2 grams. A carat can be divided into 100 points. Therefore, a 0.25 carat diamond is the same as 25 points.
7. Diamond Certification
One should always purchase a certified diamond as it provides you with an assurance of authenticity and a guaranteed quality. There are a number of certification institutes like Gemological Institute of America, International Gemological Institute to name a few. As a customer, you should always ask for a diamond certificate along with the product purchased.
A diamond solitaire engagement ring could well be one of your major purchases and its always good to have a proper know-how before you embark on the actual purchase.