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Diamond Engagement Rings - Making the Right Choice

Updated on February 2, 2017
Wedding RIng
Wedding RIng

If you are not married, you may need to know how to buy a diamond engagement ring, one day. Buying someone you love a diamond, is the traditional way of telling someone you love them, or asking for a woman's hand in marriage.

Diamonds are one of the most beautiful and durable of all the precious stones. The act of buying a diamond can be a difficult and taxing as purchasing a car. Don't go there hungry, do your homework and don't allow yourself to be pressured.

Learn about cut, colors and ratings before buying. Decide what you are looking for, and the best place to find it. If you do your homework and take a time to look around, you will have a diamond ring that you love and at the right price.

Know your Jeweler

Look for a well-known jeweler, who has a good reputation for quality and service. A reputable jeweler will be very knowledgeable, stand behind their product, and will give you all the time and facts you need to make an informed decision.

Don't forget when going to a jewelry chain like Jared, etc., the sales staff work on a commission. Know exactly what you want, and the amount you want to spend. It is so easy to get caught up with the beautify items, and you can easily end up spending much more than you expected.

I would not recommend buying a ring from a Mall jewelry store. I once did that and a few years later, when I went back to upgrade to a larger stone, the chain had gone out of business. There are many great companies that are well-known and have been serving the community for generations. Ask older women who are friends and family members. They can usually steer you to a guy, who sold them a ring 30 years ago!

How to Pick a Diamond

Pink Diamond
Pink Diamond | Source

The Important 4Cs

The 4Cs: When considering a diamond, the four things to be considered are karat weight, clarity, color, and cut.

  • Carat weight is the unit of mass equal to 200 milligrams or 0.2 grams. The karat weight is used to measure precious stones and pearls. The term metric karat was coined in 1907 and is used almost worldwide.
  • Clarity refers to the perfection of the stone in relation to how my flaws, or natural inclusion that takes place during the formation of the diamond. These inclusions can usually not be seen with the naked eye; however, can be seen with a jeweler's eye. When you find a flawless stone, it is clear brilliant and very costly.
  • Cut, the cut of a stone refers to how it is altered to obtain a certain shape and brilliance. There are cuts such as pear-shaped, round, princess, oval, assuager, emerald, and heart shaped.
  • Color diamonds are made the same way as white diamonds, pressurization, heat and time. With color diamonds, the presence of nitrogen will give the stone a yellow to orange color. Where boron is present, the stone will have blue hues.
  • Hydron will give stones the color of violet. Greater pressures are believed to produce red, pink or brown stones. The cut of a stone, refers to how it is altered to obtain a certain shape and brilliance. The cuts are pear-shaped, round, princess, radiant, cushion, oval, assscher, emerald, and heart shaped.

Get a Certificate

When buying a diamond ring, get a certificate. Getting an appraisal of your diamond ring, is different than getting a certificate. An appraisal tells you what a jeweler believes the diamond ring is worth.

A certificate A certificate is documentation that specifies the diamonds exact measurement and weights as well as it's quality and cut. A certificate is the proof of the identity and value of the stone.

Diamond Ring
Diamond Ring

Picking a Setting

Many people pick out their stone first and then the perfect setting. There are dozens of setting choice, but it is a matter of preference. Once you have picked out the diamond you want, next decide if your want, yellow gold, white gold or platinum for your ring setting. The higer the gold karat, the softer the metal. 10, 14, or 16 karat and platinum is the better.

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      Alane Jewel 4 years ago from Sharon, Pennsylvania

      Very helpful post! Simple engagement rings continue to be the most timeless and sought after of all engagement ring styles. http://www.brilliantearth.com/news/simple-engageme...

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      quildon, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment!

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      Angela Joseph 4 years ago from Florida

      Great idea, 2besure.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      You really don't have to wait for someone to buy you one treat yourself! That way you will get the ring you really want!

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      Angela Joseph 4 years ago from Florida

      Interesting facts on buying a diamond. Now if only I can get someone to buy me one.