Times are changing, but diamonds are still a girl’s best friend: in fact, a recent independent poll by Brilliant Earth found that 67% of women would prefer a diamond engagement ring over any other gemstone. So when it comes to choosing a stone that’s up to three billion years old and formed in a volcano, how should you go about it? |
Whether you’re a soon-to-be-bride selecting her own ring, or a hopeful husband facing the challenge of surprising your beloved with her perfect choice, there are a bewildering number of factors to consider.
Baunat are fourth generation diamantaires who offer both timeless and modern designs as well as tailor made jewellery, all made by hand in Antwerp and available in the UK and across the globe. They’re here to offer some advice on choosing a diamond engagement ring that suits your style perfectly, and brings a smile to your face every day for the rest of your life.
Choose a shape
Round The most popular shape for engagement rings, this offers a stunning 58 facets, giving it a startling brilliance and classic elegance. Princess Second in popularity, the princess cut is experiencing a fashion come back and will allow you to get more for your money, due to the smaller amount of wastage during the cutting process. Pear Perfect for couples seeking a truly unique and stand-out piece, the pear shape is both striking and beautiful. Oval Its rounded shape giving it ultimate sparkle, the oval shape is great for ladies with short fingers or petite hands, adding length and slenderness.
There are several factors to consider when it comes to the technical quality of a diamond: its cut is the way it has been fashioned from the raw shape; its colour ranges from D to Z, with D being colourless and the most rare and expensive; its clarity refers to any imperfections or occlusions in the stone; and its carat describes the weight, and therefore size. Then, of course, there’s the fifth ‘C’ – cost! All of these should play a part in your decision making process, and a reputable jeweller should be able to speak knowledgeably and honestly about the relative merits of different rings, whether online or in person.
Pick a setting and metal The setting of the ring is also crucial. Consider how active you’ll be before deciding, as higher settings like the popular solitaire, although allowing your stone to catch the most light, present a bigger risk of losing or damaging the diamond. Choose a side stone or three stone setting for a chunkier, broader effect with added sparkle, or even a halo of smaller gems around the main stone. When it comes to choosing metals, white gold and platinum both give a sense of clarity and brilliance that complements a beautiful diamond and might suit a more modern taste, whereas yellow and red gold are considered more classic.
Shop around and consider buying online Take your time looking around the shops and trying on rings to get a sense of what suits you both. But remember that diamond engagement rings are up to 25% cheaper online; Baunat, for example, are able to maximise the efficiency of their production and sales operation and offer massive reductions on superlative quality diamond engagement rings, in the UK and across the globe.
Although the technical aspects are important, the crucial thing is to take your time finding a diamond ring that you feel is the perfect expression of your partnership and love.
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