What to Consider When Buying an Engagement Ring
Getting engaged is a significant life event. Trying to choose the right engagement ring often presents itself as quite a difficult task, with the pressure of finding a ring that is just right.
Choosing a Ring
When choosing an engagement ring it is good to take into account the needs of your partner. Such as:
- The style of jewellery
- Overall Style: Modern or vintage?
- Colour of Jewellery: White or yellow metal?
- Choice of metal: Gold or Platinum
- Lifestyle or job which may influence the best style for practicality
- Which stone(s) to choose: some stones are less durable than diamonds and sapphires.
Remember the four C’s
If you are already searching for diamond engagement rings, it is likely that you have come across the term the ‘four C’s’. If you haven’t, let’s take a look at what they mean. This phrase refers to the grading of diamonds by carat, clarity, colour and cut.
Carat – which refers to the weight or size of the stone.
Colour – diamond colour is graded by letters with ‘D’ being topmost ‘colourless’ or white diamond colour.
Clarity – relates to the natural inclusions or ‘birthmarks’ of a diamond, the fewer the ‘birthmarks’ the rarer the stone. We recommend a minimum clarity of SI, (slightly included) or above, the highest option being F for a Flawless stone
Cut – this is of great importance as a diamond cut incorrectly (too shallow or too deep) can affect the brilliance of the Diamond.
Michael Platt will guide customers through the maze of information on diamonds; giving an understanding of the four ‘C’s; Cut, Carat, Clarity and Colour. With a little background information, effective decisions can be made to achieve that dream diamond Engagement Ring for the budget set. Although size (carat), clarity and colour are equally important and determined by nature, it is the skill and craft of the Diamond Cutter that will actually bring a diamond to ‘life’. Michael Platt places enormous emphasis on the importance of cut and also ‘polish’; if a diamond is not cut or polished to the highest of standards, no matter what the colour or carat, it just will not have an enduring sparkle.
An engagement ring is a valuable piece of jewellery. With this in mind, it would be wise to consider insurance. You will usually need proof of purchase or a valuation in order to obtain an insurance policy.