Five Essential Tips for Buying a Diamond Ring
If you’re clueless about buying diamonds but need to find the perfect one for her dream engagement ring and fit your budget, these five tips from the experts at Steven Stone will help you on your quest.
1. Firstly Learn the 4Cs – This is basically the specification of the diamond and what it is graded on to give its quality and price.
- Colour refers to how colourless the diamond is as diamonds with tints of yellow are graded lower down the scale. Diamonds are graded from D – colourless to Z – tinted. There is little noticeable colour difference between D to G graded diamonds.
- Cut refers to the diamonds angles when cut from a rough stone, which typically consists of 58 sides internally and externally. This determines the diamonds sparkle when light is reflected through the stone. We always recommend opting for an excellent cut stone to get the most dazzle.
- Clarity refers to the amount of blemished or imperfections a diamond has which are natural flaws. IF – internally flawless, is the highest graded diamond we sell at Steven Stone and goes down to diamonds that are only very slightly flawed which isn’t visible to the naked eye.
- The Carat Weight is not to be confused with the size of the stone as it’s a measurement of the weight of the diamond. A one carat diamond weighs 0.2 grams which is divided into 100 points, so a 50 point diamond is the equivalent to a half carat diamond. As carat weight is more commonly known, two diamonds could be of the same weight and size but have two very different price points according to their cut, colour and clarity.
2. Always Buy Certificated Stones –This is so you know the diamond you are about to purchases is what it says it is and you are not paying over the odds. The only diamonds to buy are those that are certified by an independent lab and not a jeweller. We only recommend GIA diamonds for accuracy.
3. Frame it – How do you want the diamond set? Which ring style? Remember the diamond is the centre piece of the ring but the style is important to. Do you want a classic single stone design or a slightly more elaborate design featuring more diamonds or other coloured stones? You also need to choose the metal – white gold, yellow gold, rose gold or platinum?
4. Buy From a Trusted Jeweller – Before you buy read reviews about the jeweller and see how well established they are. Also remember that an independent jeweller will always be a lot cheaper than a high street jeweller due to bigger mark ups.
5. Don’t Break the Bank – although tradition tells you to spend 2 to 3 month’s salary, spend what you can afford as getting engaged is about marrying the love of your life, not the amount you spend on the ring.