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Engagement Ring Shopping Guide; About Diamonds

Updated on October 8, 2012

An Engagement Ring Shopping Guide

About diamonds; Engagement rings are fun, beautiful,stressful and expensive. There are so many choices from traditional solitaire diamonds, or three stone engagement rings, and various colored stones.

In this engagement ring shopping guide I will present diamonds, sapphires, and rubies to help make a decision on what is the right choice for you.

It is important that the bride- to- be know what suits her. Diamonds are very expensive and to buy a "good quality" diamond that is one carat in weight would cost around $8,000.

A good quality diamond is one that has little or no yellow coloring, a fine grade of cut, and inclusions that are invisible to the naked eye. The price range of $10,000-$15,000 is considered to be the lowest range of quality 2 carat diamonds.

If you are starting to feel nauseous, take a deep breath and remember that there are alternatives. I don't mean a cubic zirconia. Zirconias may look nice when they are new, but they are soft and just can't survive the daily wear that an engagement ring suffers through.

If all you can afford is a little sliver of a diamond and the bride does not suit very small dainty size rings, you do not necessarily have to buy a "diamond ring," there are alternatives such as a white sapphire. They are beautiful and look a lot like a diamond with the benefit of being very strong, making them a good stone to be worn daily, and costing less than half of a diamond. I would advise any couple to look into a white sapphires, and make a comparison with the best quality affordable diamond. I believe that the diamond in a lot of cases will look rather chintzy by comparison.

The stone is one decision, and the cut is another.

Brilliant Diamond

The Classic Round Brilliant Cut

The brilliant cut is the modern round traditional diamond that by far most women choose as their engagement ring. It is cut to make the maximum use of light. There are numerous facets about this diamond that cause it to sparkle tremendously. For those who truly love tradition and sparkle, this cut is the flashiest no matter what size is chosen.

The brilliant cut came into style in the early part of the 20th century and gained popularity in the 40's when the old European and Miner's cuts went out completely.

Princess Cut

The Princess Cut Diamond

This is the second most popular diamond cut. Like the traditional round, is also cut with many facets, similar to the brilliant cut. But while this diamond has the fire of a traditional round brilliant diamond, it also has an air of sophistication. With its square shape, pointed corners and dazzling fire, the society lady will often choose a princess cut diamond over the "too common and trendy" round diamond.

It has the all the sparkle, but sends the message that this is not the average bride.

Emerald Cut

Emerald Cut

This is truly an elegant, timeless cut that was originally designed for cutting emeralds. Emeralds are relatively hard, but are brittle and can chip very easily. Since this design is very open, meaning that the center of the stone is not full of facets (like the brilliant cuts) and the inclusions are plainly visible to the naked eye. If you can afford a larger stone the emerald cut is so classic that the style will hold up no matter what the future brings. It is especially important to select the highest quality diamond that you can afford. This cut is beautiful and elegant, but is not as popular among the middle class as the brilliant cuts in recent years.

When one looks at the royals or celebrities, the old fashioned cuts are more popular than the brilliant cuts. This is because the multifaceted brilliant and princess designs obscure the diamond a litte, and take attention away from flaws. When celebrities buy expensive, flawless diamonds, they want to show the size and purity of a perfect diamond, and the emerald cut is king when it comes to doing that.

White Sapphire

A beautiful White sapphire
A beautiful White sapphire

Cushin Diamond

This is also a classic shape that has been used for well over a century. It is square, but lacks the fine cuts and sharply pointed corners of the princess design, giving it a more stately elegance. The cushion has lost popularity among the general population as diamonds that have a lot of fire and sparkle have gained favor.

Blue Sapphire

White Or Colored Sapphire

While many brides are bent on having a white stone, many women are interested in having a colored stone, especially since Kate Middleton showed off her Princess Diana Blue sapphire. In that case the sapphire is an excellent choice, as they come in yellow, pink, blue, brown and white. They always look stunning and are priced in a range that most people are a lot more comfortable with than the scary with diamond.

Three Stone Rings

Do You Like White Stones or colored?

Do you like traditional white diamonds or colored diamonds/stones?

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Do you have to have a diamond for an engagement ring?

There are alternatives that are durable and because they are less expensive, you can actually have a larger stone

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Three Stone Rings

These are not traditional as far as engagement rings go, but some brides would prefer having three small stones than one small stone. They are traditionally given as an anniversary ring.


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      Ben 2 years ago

      Rita Lee ne3o me diz assim muito, mas tem uma cane7e3o muito interessante:"Baila Comigo" - "se Deus quesir um dia eu quero ser indio." No "You Tube" a cane7e3o navega num dueto com Maria Bethania. Soa bem!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you billybuc.

      I appreciate your support.

      You are ahead of me by at least 3.. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well done my friend! I have no need for diamonds but I do have a need to support people I follow, so here I am. 29 more to go; I think we are neck and neck racing towards 200. I'll gladly let you win that race. :)

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      @ teaches- thank you. I love the blue sapphire too. Its my favorite color..

      Thank you fpherj48.

      I appreciate your writing this, and believe very much that you did a very wise thing for yourself. You have focused on what is real in life, and eliminated the cumbersome fringe. I applaud you!

      I can very much related to having a "chunk of change" rather than a sparkling thing t look at.

      I have 171 hubs now. Haha! Once I get started I can't stop:)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Well Skarlet, according to the song, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend." I'm not sure I agree with this but DIAMOND IS my birth stone. Thus I have been given jewelry with diamonds for many years from family and friends. There's only so much you can wear.

      Not wanting a diamond engagement ring....I wear a simple platinum wedding band.

      About 20 years ago, after a week-long Spiritual Retreat, I went through a Life changing adventure....clearing my life of all unnecessary, cumbersome and/or frivolous belonging. I cleaned out the "Stuff." Trimmed and simplified every aspect of my lifestyle. The diamonds were the first to be sold.....

      I do not miss them. I miss nothing that I trimmed from my life. They are "beautiful"....but not as beautiful as the huge chunk of change I yielded....and the liberation I have of being truly unattached to material things in general...other than what is vital to simple living.

      This probably is "off" the gist of your hub...but what comes to mind when I read any hub, is what I share afterwards. I'm pretty sure writer's write to the individual reader. btw....I cannot believe your stamina and determination. Amazing!! You're inspirational. Bless you.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I never thought that I would love a blue sapphire-diamond but this one is truly beautiful. They are all so lovely, how can anyone every make a choice. Great hub and so interesting to read.