Diamond Rings: The 4 Point Guide
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Diamond rings: The 4 point guide

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It's meant to be one of the most romantic occasions of your life, but as most men will testify it can also be one of the most daunting. We're not talking about the prospect of getting down on one knee here, but before that when you need to go on a mad rush to find a diamond engagement ring.

In short, getting your woman a ring is no easy feat. This is the reason today's guide has been put together, as we take a look at the four main factors that you need to consider when you start that daunting journey.


The sparkle-factor

From a technical perspective, it should go without saying that it's not classified as the "sparkle-factor" or anything else along those lines. Instead, this is all about the cut of the diamond.

For those of you who want your diamond to appear premium, this is the most important thing you should consider. You'll be looking for the grade of the cut, which tends to go by ratings such as Ideal (which is the best) right the way down to Poor. For those of you who are looking for that elusive sparkle-factor, try and sway on the side of Ideal. Of course, this will add to the final cost.

How clear is the diamond?

This next point is all about the clarity of the diamond. When we talk about clarity, in layman's terms this refers to how smooth the diamond looks. Of course, the smoother the diamond, the more premium it appeals - so most of us are looking for something which is as clear as possible.

At the same time, as you might expect, this all comes down to those final numbers. The better the clarity, the more you'll be paying. A general rule of thumb is to always surpass VS2 grade, which is seen as the benchmark for most rings.

The carat question

This is one term that most of us know all about when it comes to diamonds. We've all heard about 24-carat gold and when we refer to the C-word, it's all about how heavy the carat is on your diamond.

A common mistake is to always opt for diamonds that have a high carat weight. The problem with this approach is when you start to sacrifice the cut. If you do this, you might be provided with a big diamond, but it will not have the smoothness and quality that it really requires.

In short - there's a fine balancing act here.

The shape is all down to you

So far, we've provided some guidance about each factor that you need to consider when buying your diamond. Fortunately, for this next point, it's all down to you.

There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to the shape. For some people, a round diamond might suffice. For others something a little more specific might be in order, like a heart shape.

This is where you really can allow your character to flourish and you don't have to let the technicalities about diamonds take over.