Our famous End of Year Diamond Sale is now on! 40% off all diamond jewellery and diamond engagement rings. So if your looking to pop the question to the love of your life or just looking for that special gift for someone special at Christmas, now is the time to check out our special buys and diamond jewellery sale items at all of our Diamonds International stores.
With one of the largest collections of diamond engagement rings in Australia you will be spoiled for choice this Christmas, so be sure to do a little bit of research first to give you some knowledge about what you are looking for in a ring. Check out our article on the 4 C’s of diamond quality and start to research the variety of diamond cuts, settings and styles of rings available that may be desirable to your wife-to-be.
Here are the top 5 things to consider when choosing your diamond engagement ring.
- Know your diamonds.
Since 1969, Diamonds International has been creating diamond jewellery of the highest quality. Our diamonds are sourced for their value and brilliance and by learning about the 4 c’s of diamond quality including cut, colour, clarity and carat weight will ensure that when viewing your diamond you will be able to ask the right questions of your diamond consultant and get the best diamond that is right for you. Before buying a diamond, first ask if the Diamond is GIA certified and has an independent diamond grading report. A diamond grading report details the gemological quality of the diamond. It tells whether the stone is natural or synthetic, if it has been treated – and how, and its quality rankings each of the 4Cs.
- View your diamond.When choosing your diamond it is best to actually look at the stone itself. Trying to purchase off lists and photographs, more often than not the end result is a disappointment, as there is no substitute for actually viewing a stone’s quality. When viewing the stone, does it have lustre? Does it scintillate? Scintillation is the amount of sparkle a diamond produces, and the pattern of light and dark areas caused by reflections within the diamond. Is it dull looking or does it shine brightly and sparkle? Does it look milky because of florescence? Can I see any inclusions, black or white? Your final decision after viewing the stone under magnification should be to place it on your hand, not necessarily in direct light and see if it has the ‘wow’ factor that sets it apart from other stones. That’s why it is so important not to buy off a list, over the Internet or from a photograph. Nothing replaces viewing the stone yourself and being able to compare it with others.
- Check the practicality of the ring. If your girlfriend is very active or works with her hands such as a waitress, nurse, air hostess or doctor, consider a ring that is able to cope with the wear and tear of constant activities. The higher the positioning of the gemstone on the ring, the easier it is for it to get caught on clothes, gear, hair, etc. and the greater likelihood that it’ll get knocked about. Look for a lower gemstone setting for an active girl, and a higher setting for a fashionista or glamour girl. If you’re an active person, choosing the right engagement ring to suit your lifestyle requires some planning and research.
- Consider suitable gemstones.
The hardness of a gemstone is based on what is called the “Moh” scale which ranges from 1 (soft) to 10 (hard). Diamonds = 10, Sapphires = 9 and Emeralds = 7. Therefore diamonds are perfect for an engagement ring. Remember to take care of your engagement ring and place it somewhere safe if there is a chance of it being bumped or knocked. Look for an appropriate setting and cut. Think about the height of your engagement ring setting to make sure it suits your lifestyle. Avoid those that raise the diamond too high as this can expose the stones to surface damage and other impacts. A setting that is too high can also result in claws being hooked or damaged. 6 claw settings & rub over settings are a safer setting option due to more metal protecting your diamond. Choose a Diamond cut without sharp corners which are more prone to chipping or snagging – for example you may choose to avoid Marquise, Pear or Princess Cut diamonds. Instead Round Brilliant or Oval cuts may be better suited.
- Choose the right cut.
- Know your diamonds.
The Round Brilliant Cut Diamond is the most popular diamond shape, representing approximately 75% of all diamonds sold. Due to the mechanics of its shape, the round diamond is generally superior to fancy shapes at the proper reflection of light, maximizing potential brightness.
The Princess Cut Diamond is the most popular fancy cut, especially for engagement rings. Like round brilliant cut diamonds, princess cut diamonds are a good choice for their flexibility in working in almost any style of ring. Princess cut diamonds also tend to have a slightly lower price-per-carat than round cut diamonds.
The Oval Cut Diamond is a modified brilliant cut diamond and like the round cut diamond it possess a similar fire and brilliance. However, oval cut diamonds have the added advantage of an elongated shape, which can create the illusion of greater size.
The Marquise Cut Diamond is also a modified brilliant cut and because the marquise diamond is long and narrow, it can also create the illusion of greater size. Carat for carat, the marquise diamond has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape, making it a good choice when trying to maximize perceived size.
The Pear Shaped Diamond is a combination of a round and a marquise shape, with a tapered point on one end. Ideally, a pear shaped diamond should possess excellent or very good symmetry. The point should line up with the apex of the rounded end. The shoulders and wings (the upper and lower curves on the right and left side of the diamond) should form uniform, symmetrical curves.
The Cushion Cut Diamond combines a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow (hence the name). This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years, and for the first century of its existence was the most popular diamond shape (similar to round cut today). Refinements in cut have led to a recent resurgence in popularity.
The unique look of the Emerald Cut Diamond is due to the step cuts of its pavillion and its large, open table. Instead of the sparkle of a brilliant cut, emerald cut diamonds produce a hall-of-mirrors effect, with the interplay of light and dark planes. Often, inclusions or body colour are easier to see in an emerald cut diamond.
The Asscher Cut Diamond was first produced in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland, an is a forerunner to the emerald cut. The asscher cut diamond is similar to the emerald cut, but in a square shape with larger step facets, a higher crown, and a smaller table This combination often produces more brilliance than the emerald cut.
The Radiant Cut Diamond is the first rectangular cut to have a complete brilliant cut facet pattern applied to both the crown and pavilion, creating a vibrant and lively diamond. The modified square shape is a nice bridge between a cushion and a princess cut, and for that reason looks beautiful set with both rounded or square cornered diamonds.
The Heart Shaped Diamond is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love, popular in solitaire pendants as well as rings. Heart shaped diamonds less than
0 .50 carats may not be a good choice, since the heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are set in prongs.