Have you met “the one”? Or are you looking to make your first investment in the world of jewelry? There are many different reasons why you may want to buy your first diamond ring, and it may seem a little overwhelming at first. Whilst every diamond is unique, there are some general rules that can help you make the right decision.
Deciding on the kind of setting you want is important; this is the type of metal that the diamond will sit in. Engagement rings are usually rose gold, white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. This is because they are long-lasting and does not tarnish as easily as a metal like sterling silver. As platinum is white it makes the diamond look bigger, it is also the rarest of the precious metals and therefore, the most expensive. You can change the diamond’s appearance by choosing the right metal to set your diamond in, and ultimately increase its value.
When it comes to the diamonds themselves, always remember the 4 Cs. These stand for cut, colour, clarity and carat. So, how much are diamonds worth?
The cut varies from very shallow to very deep, with the ideal being somewhere in between. Having the diamond cut too shallow can change the colour of the diamond. If the diamond is cut too deep then it appears small and will not be worth as much. The cut describes the proportions, but also the shape and its symmetrical nature. Circle, oval, heart and marquis are some popular cuts. It is also is used to describe the polish, which attributes to the diamond’s brilliance.
The ‘colour’ of the diamond is more about its lack of colour, ironically. The increments in colour are graded from letters D-Z. A more valuable diamond will be almost completely colorless (D-F), whilst the least expensive will have more of a yellow or brown tint (S-Z). With everything in between, naturally. A diamond in the midsection may still fetch a hefty price as the untrained eye cannot detect a lot of these details.
The clarity of the diamond describes how many imperfections it has. These impurities are known as “inclusions”. The scale used for this ranges from FL to I3. FL stands for flawless and will have the least inclusions.
This brings us on to our final C. The carat of the diamond describes its weight. Although we might expect a diamond to look better the heavier it is, sometimes the way it is cut can make it appear just as dazzling.
If you are going to spend a lot of money on a diamond, make sure your diamond is certified. This means it has been approved by geologists and has passed the relevant tests that identify the diamond’s 4 Cs. Sometimes you may think you are buying a diamond piece but it may turn out to be only diamond accented.
If you are thinking about buying something cheaper, diamonds that are man-made in laboratories are less expensive.