Buying engagement rings for women for the majority of consumers is a totally new and once-in-a-lifetime experience, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to be intimidating or overwhelming. Some women prefer to be “surprised” when being presented with an engagement ring, and others would rather be a part of selecting their own diamond ring. Either way, there are a few things to know about before making that final purchase that will last a lifetime!
A great place to begin when it comes to choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring is the size and shape. Obviously, every woman has different sized hands and fingers. When selecting a diamond size and shape, keep in mind that round, square and triangular diamonds of medium size tend to elongate the fingers. Depending on preference,
The next step is budget. It helps to understand a little about a diamond’s quality characteristics, or “the four “C’s””, so that when it comes time to make a selection, the process will be enjoyable and within your scope of understanding. By learning about the basic features of engagement rings for women, you can know more about the attributes you would like to have in the diamond you ultimately purchase.
Engagement Rings For Women: Shape & Settings
The shape of the diamond in the engagement ring is an important consideration (round, princess, radiant, etc.), and is observed primarily as when viewed from above. All diamond shapes have different attributes, but overall the beauty of the individual shapes is a matter of personal taste.
The cut of a diamond is what determines its brilliance. And the more precisely a diamond is cut, the more sparkle it will have. A diamond, which is cut with the proper proportions, directs light to return out of the top of the diamond. If the cut is too shallow, light leaks out of the bottom; if too deep, it escapes out of the side.
A diamond’s color grade actually refers to the absence of color. In other words, engagement rings for women that are white, containing little or no color, receive higher quality grades than those with visible color.
Virtually all diamonds have some degree of tiny imperfections. These imperfections vary and are usually difficult to see to the naked eye. Those diamonds with few or no imperfections receive the highest clarity grades, which also determine the price.
When it comes to carat, it’s the one term with which most people are familiar. Carat is the term used to describe the measure of a diamond’s weight. Generally, the higher the carat weight, the larger the “table” or top, flat part of the diamond, which makes the diamond appear larger overall. The carat weight also determines the price and the heavier higher the carat (you guessed it!) the higher the quality and value of the diamond.
A completed certificate includes an analysis of the diamond’s dimensions, clarity, color, polish, symmetry, and other characteristics. Many round diamonds that are to become engagement rings for women will also include a cut grade on the report.