Diamond Engagement Rings – Choosing your diamond
GIA Certification - Choosing your Diamond Engagement Rings
Before purchasing a Diamond, you should expect to review a copy of its certificate as proof that it has undergone an unbiased, professional examination. But not all gemological laboratories are the same and while their terminology is the same, the physical diamond may not be the same because they apply the standards more leniently or more strictly. This explains, in part, while certain Diamond Engagement Rings which “appear” to be identical on paper are priced very differently and will have different values and desirabilities.
Below – the video in text, And some other points.
This article provides you with all the basic information you need to get choose the perfect diamond engagement ring at a really keen price. To really take advantage of the savings available, you will need to go to one of the online diamond retailers. Here’s a few reputable ones.
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Now I recently had the unfortunate experience of watching some diamond broker tell me that he had been studying how diamonds are cut for the last 20 years and was just beginning to understand it!!! My thoughts are that if he’s telling the truth then maybe he should take up an occupation he is better at. Joking aside though, buying diamonds is a complex subject, but the chances are that unless you are going to spend an extremely large sum of money, that going to a knowledgeable diamond dealer is going to cost you far more than it is going to save you.
So let’s give you the basic information you’re going to need to get yourself a pretty good deal, or provide a beginning to build mro
Firstly, if you want to get the best possible diamond at the best possible price then you need to understand a little about diamond certificates. Here’s a little more information about which diamond certificates are to be trusted, but generally a GIA (Gemological Insitute of America) is considered to be the most reliable.
If any retailer doesn’t offer a certificate with any diamond over about 0.2 carats in weight then either the diamond is very poor or the retailer is, or probably both. Best steer clear. Also, diamonds already in settings often won’t have a certificate and also are much harder to inspect, so it’s also best to buy your diamond and then get it set.
So let’s take you through how to understand a GIA report.
Shape – The first thing it tells us is the shape of the diamond, in this instance a Round Brilliant. Over 70% of all diamonds sold are this shape so I’ll stick to these here, but do be aware that this only refers to the overall shape and not the cut. Here are the main diamond shapes.
Measurements – The first two give you the minimum and maximum diameter of the diamond, so if these are more than a few hundredths of a millimetre different you diamond is going to look off shaped. The second gives you the depth of the diamond from the table on top to the point on the bottom (called the culet).
Particularly if you are buying online it is worth taking notice of this, as all retailers love showing you the diamond larger than life. Getting the actual measurements can ensure you are comparing like with like when choosing and you won’t be disappointed when your diamond arrives.
Carat Weight – The actual physical weight of the diamond. A carat equals 0.2 of a gram or 200 milligrams.
Diamonds of the same weight can look different sizes but, simply put, if you get a diamond that looks big for it’s weight, it’s going to have less sparkle and fire so make sure it is what you want overall and not just in terms of the size it appears.
A ring with several smaller diamonds is cheaper than one with a single stone of the same carat weight.
Color Grade – Here’s a image of the different diamond color grades. As you can see, it is pretty hard to tell the difference between a D and a K colour diamond. This becomes even harder when the diamond is in a setting. The difference in cost can amount to over $14,000 on a 1 carat flawless diamond, so make sure it’s important to you before you fork out large sums of money for a diamond in the D-H range.
Some people actually prefer a less white diamond as it can give a softer look, especially if combined with a yellow gold setting (Very fashionable currently).
A diamond will tend to look slightly whiter against darker skin tones
A stone with more colour may be more apparent against very white skin
A white gold or platinum setting will enhance the clarity of a very white stone.
A yellow gold setting may mask the degree of yellow in a yellow diamond ( M-Z), but can give a yellowish tint to a colorless diamond.
Clarity Grade – Clarity refers to any internal or external marks or imperfections on the diamond, it has little or no effect on the fire or brilliance of the stone. When deciding how high up the clarity scale you want your diamond to come from, you need to realise that the assement in the certificate is made under 10 times magnification. Here’s a really useful article describing clarity in depth.
If your diamond is SI1 or better you are unlikely to be able to see any imperfections with the naked eye, especially when it’s set.
Some dealers actually dissuade people from buying an IF-VVS2 diamond if it’s going to be worn, as natural wear can reduce the clarity to VS or even S1 grade.
Cut Grade – It is a little known fact that the most common reason for a woman being unhappy with her engagement ring is not the size but it’s sparkle.
By far the most important deciding factor in creating that sparkle is the cut. The cut grade evaluates the combined effects of facet shapes and angles, girdle width, culet size, polish and symmetry on the overall appearance of a diamond.
There is almost total agreement that a diamonds cut has the largest overall influence in its beauty.
When buying, get the best quality cut that you can, and be aware that unlike the other factors, a single step down the scale has a disproportionately large impact on the amount of brilliance (overall light reflected), dispersion (light split into all the colours of the spectrum) and scintillation (flashing or sparkling as the diamond is moved) the stone exhibits
The certificate Cut Grading is not a perfect process and some people prefer slightly different cuts to others, but it is an excellent starting point to identify if the diamond is going to have the ‘life’ you’re looking for. To be sure you’re going to get what you want either view the diamond, many online retailers have the facilities for this, or look more deeply into table and depth percentages. This page has a little more detail on diamond cut and a great interactive tool at the bottom to give you a better feel of what makes a good cut.
The rest of the report is of slightly less importance, or just covers the previous areas in more detail, but in terms of Additional Grading Information, ideally the Polish and Symmetry should be no worse than the Cut Grade.
With regard to Fluorescence, this should not significantly influence your decision on buying, but if you are considering a diamond with significant fluorescence you might want to check out this page, and this page.
And here’s some more information about choosing Diamond Engagement Rings - See video below.
Choosing an Engagement Ring
Let your stunning diamond ring symbolize your journey of love. Whether you choose a classic diamond solitaire, a sparkling three-stone ring or a sprinkle of diamonds to form a cluster, you’ll be mesmerized by the fantastic collections at most quality online jewelry stores. You can design your own diamond engagement rings. Make it personal, sentimental and fun.
And good luck with choosing the most amazing and incredible engagement ring.
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