Becoming engaged is one of the most important milestones in any couple’s relationship. It is the point at which two people realize that they want to make a lasting commitment to each other, and that their love is strong enough to keep them together no matter what life has to bring. Because of this, a diamond engagement ring is a perfect symbol of any engagement – it is pure and eternal, serving as a constant and evocative token of the happy occasion.
However, for many men, making the right selection among a huge choice of diamond engagement rings is a major challenge. They struggle to buy jewelry even for birthdays and holidays, so the thought of making one of the most important jewelry purchases of their life is truly daunting. What is the best way of going about buying an engagement ring that she will truly adore?
The first thing to consider is the would-be bride’s personal style. For example, does she tend to wear elegant, understated fashion? If so, a tasteful solitaire diamond on a white gold or platinum band may be a perfect choice. If she tends to like larger, chunkier jewelry, then a large solitaire diamond may be a better choice – it should be possible to get one of these and stay within budget by compromising slightly on the quality of the diamond. Also, if the bride has a close friend who can be trusted, then asking them can also be a good idea.
When it comes to actually selecting the diamond, the most important thing is to remember the four Cs. These are carat, clarity, cut and color. Carat refers to the weight of the diamond, which is a major determining factor when it comes to price. However, the other three Cs also have a very significant influence. The clarity – or number of flaws in the diamond – makes a big difference when it comes to how the diamond looks up close, whereas the cut – which can range from poor to ideal – determines how the diamond will sparkle. Finally, the perfect color of a diamond should be completely clear, but inferior quality diamonds often have a yellowish tinge. There are also fancy diamonds that come in colors such as blue and red – sometimes, you will actually pay a premium for these colors.
To make sure that the diamond is everything that it is represented to be by the jeweler, it is a good idea to buy one that has been certified. This is when an independent lab examines the diamond before it is sold and provides a certificate that indicates both the weight and the quality of the diamond. There are a number of different societies and institutes that offer these certificates, but the two most reputable ones in North America are the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gem Society (AGS) – if you want to be certain of the diamond that you are purchasing, then look for a certificate from either of these.