A How-To Guide to Picking Out the Perfect Diamond
When it comes to engagement ring shopping, the options can be endless. If you’re thinking about popping the question to your loved one soon and want to wow her with that perfect ring, there are many styles and looks to consider. Whether your significant other would go for a timeless, classic look, would want something more simplistic or would go for a bold, bedazzled look, selecting an engagement ring will be one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make.
In addition to a number of designer ring options, many individuals are looking for a more hands-on, custom approach to creating a unique, one-of-a-kind engagement ring. After all, what better way to tell your significant other that they are unique and loved than with a unique engagement ring that is unlike any other. A custom design allows you to to craft the perfect ring from start to finish.
One of the first steps in crafting a custom engagement ring is working with an industry expert to outline what you are looking for in the ring. An expert can help you draw a sketch of the engagement ring, kickstarting the process of bringing the creation to life. During this beginning phase, you will need to select what gemstones you would like to build the ring with. While you aren’t limited to selecting a diamond for an engagement gemstone, diamonds are far and beyond the most popular choice due to their durability and captivating glisten.
At Master Jewelers, we have a loose diamond search on our website that allows you to browse through diamonds that are ready to be set into a ring. When looking for diamonds to put into a ring, it is important to keep the four C’s of diamond buying in mind. The four C’s of diamond buying include the cut, color, clarity and carat weight.
Often incorrectly referred to the “shape” of a diamond, the cut of a diamond refers to the angles of the facets as well as how these facets interact with surrounding light. When a diamond “sparkles” in the light, you are viewing the fire (the prismatic colors), brilliance (the white sparkle), and scintillation (the flashes of light seen as the diamond or the observer moves.) Cut has the biggest impact on the value of a diamond.
Next is color. A diamond’s color is graded on a scale ranging from D (most clear) to Z (yellow or brown coloring). Diamonds can have different colors and interact differently with the light. After looking at a diamond’s cut and color, it is important to look at the diamond’s clarity. Clarity refers to how the diamond looks from the inside and outside. Diamonds can have inclusions or blemishes, affecting both the look and the value of the diamond.
Lastly is the carat weight of the diamond. A carat is equal to 1/5th the weight of a gram. The carat weight of a diamond plays a large role in the price. It is important to remember, however, that size isn’t everything. Jewelers take into account all four of the C’s when determining the value of a diamond.
Our online diamond listing includes everything you need to select the perfect gemstone, including a photo directory and details on the four C’s. For more information on the four C’s of diamond buying and to get started creating your custom engagement ring, click here. One of our experienced jewelers will walk you through the process step-by-step, ensuring that your engagement ring vision is brought to life.