A Guide to Purchasing Diamond Rings

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When one embarks on the search through diamond rings to find that special one, there’s usually a momentous occasion behind it. Many engagements, weddings, and anniversaries begin with them, so it’s important to have some kind of plan for purchasing.

Establish a Budget

First thing is establishing a budget, deciding what amount you can afford and want to spend on the ring. If you’re buying it as an engagement ring, some say to save two month’s salary as a good amount – but it’s really up to you. It’s a special and meaningful gift so you definitely don’t want to be cheap, but you don’t want the purchase to break you either. Once you have an amount in mind, consider the “Four C’s.”

Consider the “Four C’s”

The Four C’s of diamonds are: Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut. Learning about these, you can decide on a nice balance that fits with you and your preferences and budget.

The Carat is the weight of the diamond, one carat is equal to 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams, and it’s not to be confused with the term “karat,” which tells the purity of gold. If you’re on a budget and size matters, you can get a bigger diamond with a lower color, clarity, or cut grade.

As far as Color goes, the less color a diamond has, the more valuable. This is because light passes through colorless gems better. This is with the exception of some rare diamonds that are valued because they are colored something other than white.

Clarity refers to the amount of flaws, bubbles, cracks, presence of other minerals, etc.

A diamond’s Cut refers to its reflective qualities, one with a good cut is more brilliant than others. This has nothing to do with the shape.

With these qualities in mind, you can decide which ones are most important to you and your recipient, and have a nice balance of costing in mind before shopping. Good luck!

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