The 4 Cs of diamonds
Shopping for diamond engagement rings?
Every woman wants a unique engagement ring with a dazzling stone. But, we know buying a diamond ring can be stressful and frustrating, especially when balancing budgets, shapes, styles, and prices. But worry not; we are here to help.
Yes! They have both emotional and monetary value. You can pass them on to future generations without compromising on value; your unique diamond engagement ring might become a cherished heirloom.
This depends on personal preferences. When buying an engagement ring, most people focus on the centre diamond more than anything else. Take a minute to consider your preferred style: plain, elaborate or some combination of both. However, keep in mind that the appearance of the diamond size is relative to your finger and hand size.
♦ A solitaire diamond of 1.5ct. looks much larger on an EU size 47mm (US size 4) finger than on an EU size 57mm (US size 8).
♦ If your ring size measurements are smaller than EU size 53mm (US size 6.5), you might want to consider a 1-carat diamond or one that is under 1.50ct.
♦ If your ring size is more significant than EU size 53mm (US size 6.5), then you can go with a larger centre stone, like a 1.50ct.-2.0ct.
There is no "Best Engagement Setting" and there are no 4 Cs to grade a setting. It's purely subjective. However, a diamond's appearance depends a lot on its setting and the ring design. Engagement ring settings can be elegant such as a solitaire setting or elaborate and aesthetically pleasing such as a halo setting. Choose the setting of the diamond to maximise its beauty and keep the diamonds securely fixed.
Some of our favourite settings for diamond rings are the modern prong or claw, the classic and secure bezel, and the sparkling and luxurious pavé. Among these, the prong is a typical setting for diamonds, especially in engagement rings. Long and raised prong settings allow light to pass into brilliant cut stones, displaying them to a stunning effect. Four-prong settings give a modern appearance, whereas six- and eight-point prongs have traditional looks. Larger diamonds may require 6-8 prongs to remain secure and stable.
♦ Simple long-prong settings for solitaire rings are inexpensive and great for emphasising the diamond itself.
♦ A pavé-set ring shank adds sparkling luxury to a fancy-cut centre-stone
♦ Antique settings like the full bezel have an old-world charm while ensuring a large diamond is held securely in place
♦ Halo settings can create an illusion of a larger centre stone
The good news today is that technology has initiated alternative methods to reduce the environmental cost of mining a diamond. Yes! The diamond, which is everybody's darling gem, is now created in labs. The resulting lab-grown diamonds are real, beautiful, valuable, readily available, and consequently more affordable (about 20-30% lower priced) than mined diamonds. The decision to buy a lab-grown diamond ring or a natural, mined diamond ring depends on the couple and their values, preferences, and budget. The same applies to the size, shape, colour, and quality of diamonds on your ring of choice.