Buying an engagement ring is one of the more exciting and fun aspects of planning a wedding. To make sure the ring is worthy of both the love and expense, the buyer should know a few things before purchasing one, especially if it is adorned by a diamond.
The first thing a jeweler may ask a prospective buyer is what sort of precious metal they want for the band. Engagement rings weren’t always made of precious metals. They were made of iron in the days of ancient Rome, a reminder to the woman that she was her future husband’s property. Most engagement rings have a gold band, but 24 karat gold is so soft it can't be worn every day. So, gold is alloyed with other metals such as copper, nickel and zinc.
• Yellow gold has the bright color associated with the metal, but it’s gold mixed with a bit of copper.
• White gold is alloyed with zinc or nickel. The band is then plated with rhodium to give it extra brilliance.
• Rose gold uses more copper than yellow gold to give the metal a pinkish hue.
The trick to choosing a good quality diamond is to buy it loose. Putting a diamond in a setting changes the way it looks. A diamond is judged by what’s called the four C’s. They are cut, clarity, carat and color.The cut is how the diamond is shaped. Among the most popular cuts are the:
This cut was perfected around the time of World War I and has 58 facets, no matter how small or large the diamond is. It is one of the best cuts for bringing out the diamond’s sparkle and fire.
This square cut is also a popular one for engagement rings. A well-made princess cut diamond can rival the sparkle of a brilliant cut diamond.
The Asscher cut is square, with modified steps. Its corners are cropped. This gives a diamond the impression that it's filled with tiny, scintillating squares nested into each other.
This cut, allegedly inspired by the lips of the Marquise of Pompadour, is long and oval, which makes the diamond seem bigger than it is.
The clarity of the diamond refers to any flaws inside of it. A flawless diamond is rare, but the buyer should pass on a diamond whose flaws can be seen with the naked eye. Quality jewelers often won’t even sell these diamonds.
We hope you have found the information we have given above useful and that you will be able to put them to good use when the time has come for you to buy your own engagement ring or to consult a friend who is about to buy that special ring.