Shane’s Guide To Purchasing Your Engagement Ring: Part 1
Purchasing an engagement ring is a large decision on multiple fronts. It is a large step for your relationship, your wallet, and your life. The engagement ring purchase has been propped up to be an elaborate process with an expensive price tag at the end of it. Thank goodness I am here to help you through this process.
Step 1: When you are searching for an engagement ring you need to identify if you want to get a diamond or a gemstone. Some people would prefer their birthstone or a colored stone they have grown up loving. Purchasing a gemstone for an engagement ring is a thought process that we will discuss in the next article.
Step 2: Once you have decided on a diamond, the next step is figuring out the shape of the stone. The most popular shape is a round brilliant and the most expensive. Then there are fancy shapes such as emerald, oval, cushion, marquise, pears, etc. Different shapes come in and out of style depending on trends in fashion. Once you have the shape you are well on your way.
Step 3: Find out what is the most important visual aspect to your partner. Do they prefer a larger diamond, a cleaner diamond, or a whiter or yellower colored diamond. A diamond’s carat size is the biggest cost factor. The higher the color quality the more expensive. The higher the clarity grade the more expensive. But do not worry, there are different strategies that will help keep your budget in check.
Step 4: You need to know the term “eye clean.” Eye clean is a jewelry term which means you can not see the inclusions in the diamond. In reality, as long as you can not see the inclusions and they do not impact the integrity of the stone then you do not need to pay a premium for a higher clarity graded diamond. People are not walking around with a loop or a microscope to inspect your stone’s clarity grade. Diamond clarity grades are just units of measurement for jewelers. My advice, to save on your budget, look at SI1, SI2, or even I1 diamond stones as long as you can not see the clarity inclusions.
Step 5: When it comes to the color of a white diamond, you need to know the term “white face up.” Like a diamonds clarity, it is all about your perspective of the diamond. Diamonds graded from D to J give a white face up look. In my opinion, having a diamond that is white, is more
important then any diamond clarity that you can not see.
Step 6: Come to Shane to find your perfect diamond ring.
In conclusion, my opinion is just my opinion. I believe when purchasing a diamond the visual perception is the most important thing. Clarity grades are a unit of measurement and as long as you can not see them, they are not there. Focus on what you can see when you are buying a diamond. The color of the diamond is something you will always see and so will your partner. A white diamond that you can not see the inclusions is your best bet when purchasing your engagement diamond ring.