Thursday, April 5, 2007
What is the "Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring?"
What is the "Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring?" Wow...what a question...you know what they say about different strokes for different folks! Let me attempt to shed some light on the subject...
First of all, what shape of diamond do you prefer? You have several options to choose from such as the traditional round brilliant, emerald cuts, princess/square cuts, radiant cut, pear shape, marquise, heart shape and the list goes on and on. With today's modern diamond cutters, there are many diamond shapes to choose from whereas brides to be of yesteryear only had 6-7 choices. Take in to consideration your hand & finger size...longer hands and fingers tend to look best with marquise or emerald cut shapes...shorter hand & finger size looks best with round or princess cut shapes. Of course, its all a matter of personal taste!
Second, look for a diamond that is well cut! Some diamond cutters sacrifice good cutting for size and the end result is a diamond that looks like a piece of glass instead of the brilliant prism that it should! Always go for good quality cutting!
Third, look for a diamond of good clarity or how clear the diamond is. There are several clarity grades to choose from but I often suggest to clients that in layman's terms...look for a diamond that has lots of fire, not one that looks cloudy or milky in appearance! Myself or any knowledgeable jeweler will take time with you to explain all about clarity grades when you make this all important purchase!
Fourth, look for a diamond that has a fine white color? Don't all diamonds have that you say? Not necessarily, because some diamonds have a faint to very noticeable yellow tone. Insist on the finer white diamond grades.
Fifth...what type of setting is best? With so many to choose from: 14k, 18k gold, platinum, palladium....each has its on personality and good qualities..please let a trained person explain it to you. Some ladies like ultra modern and highly polished settings while others love the current favorite" The Vintage Look". Take a look at the vintage ring I have pictured as an example. There isn't a right or wrong...let your good taste be your guide!
Bill Warren, Owner/Registered Gemologist
The Gold Mine