Diamond Wedding Ring - Finding the Best Diamond
By Tanya Turner
Diamond wedding rings are always very popular - they are beautiful and classic.
And choosing the right diamond ring for your wedding is a very important matter
because this is something you do only once in your lifetime. We all know that
not all diamonds are the same, but how exactly do you pick the best one? There
are several things you need to know before you go and buy your diamond wedding
here are many styles of diamond rings available. Bear in mind that you will
wear that ring for many years, so choose classic, timeless styles. Your wedding
ring is a sign of your feelings to your partner, so it should be as unique,
beautiful and durable as your love. No matter what style of ring you will choose,
the diamond will be the center of attention in your ring. So basically choosing
the right wedding ring comes to choosing the right diamond.
Characteristics of diamonds
Diamonds are greatly varied in price and quality. And the size is not the only
thing that affects your gem price; in fact there are five main characteristics:
Weight in carats
Carats - your wedding ring diamond weight
Most people know that the more carats the better. Larger diamonds are more
rare and more valuable. However, don't try to get the largest stone you can
afford. Sometimes smaller diamonds have more charm. Don't just look at the gems
market value, but think of how valuable it is to you.
Most diamonds are clear, but still there are variations in color. Some stones
look a little "dirty". Clear stones obviously cost more. Color of
your diamonds is indicated by letters. D is the color of most rare diamonds
and it is described as absolutely colorless. This is the highest color grade,
and you usually don't find such stones in ordinary jewelers. Next one down is
E grade, it is called colorless. These diamonds are also very rare, the tiny
traces of color can be detected by experts. F is another colorless grade, only
slightly less clear than E. F diamonds are usually the best of what most people
can afford for a wedding or engagement ring. Next two down are G and H diamonds
which are called nearly colorless; they are of a good market value.
Bear in mind, that the difference in diamond grades can mostly be noticed by
the experts when comparing diamonds to the more clear ones. To the ordinary
person a G or H diamond will look as good as D or E diamonds. Compare diamonds
of different color yourself and you will see how minor the difference is.
Clarity of your diamond is related to its color. Clarity describes how clear
the diamond is. No diamond is absolutely perfectly clear, but the ones close
to perfection are the most valuable. When light hits them they are unbelievably
beautiful. Don't be surprised to find that smaller diamond with higher clarity
can cost more that a larger not so clear stone.
You diamond's cut is greatly important and affects your ring look. Even most
clear large diamond will not sparkle if it is not cut properly. The cut refers
to diamond proportions, not its shape as many people mistakenly think. The cut
should be just right, because if your diamond is too shallow or too deep, it
will not catch the light properly and won't sparkle.
Since you are not a professional, it would be difficult for you to judge cut
by yourself. You will have to trust a jeweler on this. But just by looking at
the stone sometimes you can say if the cut is good. If you really like the look,
chances are good that your diamond is cut right.
Another important characteristic of a diamond is its shape. Most popular are
round and princess shaped diamonds. You can also find emerald, asscher, oval,
marquise, pear, radiant, cushion and heart shaped diamonds. This is not a question
of what is better or worse, but a matter of personal preference. Look at different
shapes and see what appeals to you the most.
Selecting the right diamond for your ring can be extremely difficult, especially
that jewelers will try to convince you to go with most expensive gems that may
not actually be the best for you.
About the Author
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