How to choose the best diamond ring for proposal?
Choosing the perfect diamond ring doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It is normal to feel overwhelmed at first since there are endless styles, grades of diamonds and ring settings to choose from and the pressure that it could be very expensive. Read through this article, in a few minutes you will gain clarity and be confident that you are one big step closer to getting your perfect ring.
1. Understand the 4Cs of diamonds
The 4Cs of diamonds refer to Carat (how big is the diamond measured by weight), Cut (how well it’s polished, it’s proportion and symmetry which affect how it sparkles), Clarity (how flawless or clean the diamond is of any visible inclusions), and Color (whether it has any tint of yellow or brown color). The combination of these 4Cs determines the ultimate appearance and value of a diamond. The higher the grading in each of the 4Cs, the higher the price of a diamond.
2. Set a budget & a deadline
Diamond rings come in a wide range of prices, and the price does fluctuate over time. It is always a good idea to think about how much you can afford first, this will make the selection process one step easier. Your jewellery will be able to source relevant options that maximize the value based on your budget for your consideration and guide you in making your final decision. It is a good practice to give your jewellery some lead time as this allow your jewellery to fly in the right diamonds potentially at lower price. Allow a 2 months window for diamond sourcing and ring making. In urgent cases, 2 weeks will surficent but that means your choices maybe limited.
3. Choose a shape
This is different from the Cut from 4C’s. Other than the commonly known round brilliant cut diamond, diamond also comes in the somewhat round shape such as Oval cut, the somewhat square or rectangular shape such as the Princess cut, Emerald Cut, Cushion cut or the somewhat pointy shape such as the Pear shape or Marquise shape or other fancy shapes such as heart shape. The shape is one of the first characteristic you’d notice in a jewellery piece so choosing a shape that the wearer will love for years to come is an important consideration.
4. Select a setting
Setting refers to the actual ring mounting, how the diamond is secured onto a metal band. Choose a metal that complements the diamond, preferably precious metal such as 18k gold or platinum for security and durability reasons. Some popular settings include the 4-prongs or 6-prongs ring setting which are essentially holding the diamond with claws. The prong setting gives the center diamond all the spotlight. Another option is the bezel setting, which surrounds the diamond’s perimeter with metal. Other than being the most secured ring setting, it also helps to conceal some flaws or some chips in the diamond. Bezel settings however makes the diamond look smaller and less sparkly. Finally the ring size, it’s important that the ring goes through at that special moment. If you can find out the ring size secretly, that’s perfect. If not, don’t worry, jeweller can help you make an educated guess and re-size the ring after the proposal if necessary.
5. Check the certification
For proper record and ensure authenticity, choose a diamond that comes with certificate from reputable organization such as Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the American Gem Society (AGS). The unbiased assessment of the diamond can give you a clear idea of what you are paying for. Each certificate corresponds with a single diamond, you can find a unique serial number inscripted at the girdle of the diamond at 10x magnification.
6. Choose a reputable jeweller
Finally, and most importantly, choose a reputable jeweller with a proven track record of selling high-quality diamond rings, especially one that provide life-time after sales services. Spend some time doing your own research and ask for referrals for a trusted jeweller. It is the jeweller’s job to make your diamond purchase process not just a breeze but a pleasant experience and getting the most value from your budget. Their after sales service will include regular jewellery cleaning and setting integrity inspection to endure the diamond ring will be enjoyed and kept in best shape over the many years and decades to come.