So, you’re going to propose? Congratulations! Now comes the task of finding the perfect ring for your future bride!
The first thing to consider is the fact that you will often be able to find a better quality diamond if you buy a loose diamond as opposed to a preset engagement ring. This often scares many people, but it’s a much better idea if you want a diamond that is of immaculate quality, without blowing your budget.
It may seem very obvious, but you’d be shocked by how often people buy diamonds online without seeing a picture of what exactly they’re buying. This is very common with wholesale sites for example who to save time only photograph a few diamonds, so instead of seeing your exact diamond, you’ll see something that’s similar! As buying a diamond is such a huge investment, you need to make sure that you always ask the online seller to provide an image of your exact diamond so you can make an informed decision.
Understand the 4Cs
The measure of a diamond’s quality is determined via the 4Cs. The 4Cs of diamonds are essential to grasping the quality and the look of a diamond. The 4Cs are :
These are used to grade the value of the diamond, so you’ll have to make sure you are clued up on them and on how they can influence the price.
Unless you have a colossal budget, you will probably have to compromise on at least one of these factors. While some are willing to compromise on the cut to get the perfect colour, whereas others will be more focused on the clarity or the carat of the diamond. So you need to decipher which of these are most important to you.
Buying a diamond is a very personal decision, as all diamonds are so unique, so it’s important to take the time to find the right one for you. A good online diamond retailer will offer a search function to allow you to narrow down your choice.
Make sure you only buy Certified Diamonds…
You should never buy a diamond that isn’t certified. This is the only way you can be sure that you are buying a genuine diamond!
The most popular certifications are : GIA, AGS, and EGL, and the seller should volunteer this information freely when you ask them. If you come across any difficulties when getting these certifications, you should reconsider buying from a different diamond dealer. T
If a website is selling diamonds at prices too good to be true, this is probably is! Diamonds are expensive and sadly you pay for what you get.only buy from a trustworthy seller that has a good online footprint and a selection of online reviews. If their website says they are members of any societies such as the Responsible Jewellery Council, check the RJC website and make sure they’re listed.
Finally – good luck! This is a very exciting time in your life, so we home finding a diamond and creating the dream ring isn’t too stressful and difficult! And, of course, we hope she says yes!