Getting Engaged Pt. 2: Put That Diamond on Display

Put that diamond on display

2372131232_7b43c81c9d_oWhen you are selecting any piece of jewelry, the setting is very important. This is true x1000 for an engagement ring. After all, if you think about it… this is a piece of jewelry your bride will be wearing every day for the rest of her life. It needs to fit her personality as well as her lifestyle.

Let’s start with the materials. Rings are being made from a variety of precious metals. The most common are yellow gold, white gold, and platinum, but there are many others to choose from as well. Yellow gold is the most traditional, odds are good that the older married women in your family have yellow gold rings. This may be the perfect thing for a more traditional woman, but there is also some speculation that yellow gold is making a come back… so it may also be a good fit for the retro bride. White gold has grown significantly in popularity over the last decade, and it is a great fit for the more fashion-forward lady in your life. That does not mean that white gold is trendy, it has been around for a long time and will continue to be one of the most popular setting materials for a long time to come. Finally we’d have platinum. This is ideal for your adventurous (possibly event clumsy) bride. Platinum is one of the toughest metals out there and as such, it will retain its shape the best. That may not seem like a big deal, but if all that’s keeping a $3,000 diamond in its setting is a 1mm piece of metal… you’re gonna want that metal to be pretty darn tough.

Getting Engaged Pt. 1: The 4 C’s of Engagement Rings

So you’ve decided to get married, CONGRATULATIONS!!3246201749_8a60ae469f_o

Choosing the perfect mate for the rest of your life is no small feat, but you’re not done making decisions yet. Next you have the enormous pressure of selecting the perfect engagement ring. This would be a harrowing experience for anyone, but it’s especially stressful for the guy that’s focused on trying to plan the perfect proposal. Well fear not nervous-nelly, we have everything you need to know about picking the perfect ring for your perfect girl.

Time to get informed fellas

Ok guys, it’s time to demystify the diamond. Step #1 is to learn your 4 C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat.

Cut: it’s exactly what it sounds like. There are different ways to cut a diamond that affect its shape and shimmer. Depending on the precision of the cut, some diamonds have more sparkle and brightness that others.diamond_4c_cut_types

Color: once again, pretty self-explanatory. Unless your future bride has her heart set on a colorful diamond (yes that’s a thing), The goal is to find a diamond that is colorless. The color of your diamond will be rated by the jeweler according to the scale below. D is the most colorless diamond you can find, and the scale goes all the way to Z which has far more color. Most would regard a diamond that has a D through F color to be very appealing, as long as it also has few visible flaws. That brings us to our next point, clarity.

diamond_4c_color1Clarity: A diamond is a stone mined from the earth, and as such it is bound to have some imperfections. When you look at a diamond under a magnifying glass you will often be able to see tiny spots and cracks, referred to as “inclusions”. The key is finding a diamond where these inclusions are minimal or nonexistent. Your jeweler will rank the diamonds for you according to the scale below. Diamonds with a VVSI1 (very very slightly included 1) through SI2 (slightly included 2) rating need a magnifying glass to view the flaws, where as I (included) 1-3 diamonds have flaws that can be seen with the naked eye.

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Carat: Bugs Bunny may like carrots, but most women prefer carats. A carat is nothing more than a unit of weight measurement, and like any stone, the more a diamond weighs, the bigger it is. This is the aspects of a diamond that you hear discussed the most often, but there are many women who would argue that those other C’s are just as important.

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So let’s get down to brass tacks here. Everyone wants a colorless, flawless, perfectly cut diamond, but thanks to a little thing called supply and demand, those stones are going to come at a very high premium. For example, a 2-carat diamond with a D color and VVSI1 clarity could easily cost $40,000 more than a similar size stone with an H color grading and VS I to clarity. Here’s the real shocker though… without a jewelers loop and a well trained eye, you will have a very very hard time telling the difference between the two. So that’s a quick overview of everything you need to know about the four C’s of a diamond. Next time we will discuss settings.