The solitaire diamond ring is the engagement ring that everyone pictures. And with good reason.
Although other gemstones such as emeralds and sapphires are becoming fashionable for engagement rings, a solitaire diamond is still the classic, safe choice.
Why? Because a diamond is traditional, and it goes with everything from blue jeans to a little black dress.
How to choose a good diamond
You’ve probably heard about the 4Cs: clarity, color, cut, and carat. Before you buy a diamond, make sure it has been independently appraised for all four of these qualities.
Clarity: this refers to the purity of the diamond, and it’s the primary factor in determining the price. Clarity refers to how easily you can see imperfections in the diamond. The fewer the flaws, the more the light is reflected, and the more the sparkle.
Color: This is where the diamond gets it sparkle. Diamonds range from colorless to faint yellow. The brightest and most expensive have the least color.
Carat: this is the weight of the diamond, which determines its size. Diamonds are measured in carats, with 1 carat weighing 0.2 grams.
Cut: This is the diamond’s shape. A diamond with a good cut means that all the facets are in the right proportions to each other, and different shapes, such as emerald, oval or round, have different, perfect, angles.
Avoid Conflict or Blood Diamonds
Blood diamonds, or conflict diamonds, are stones from countries such as Angola, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the proceeds fund military and terrorist operations. While wars in many of those places have decreased in intensity, blood diamonds from certain areas are still being sold, and have caused massive human suffering.
Your engagement ring should reflect your joy and love. You can do your part by ensuring that the proceeds from your diamond will not been used to harm people in other countries. Jewelers committed to selling conflict-free diamonds often have systems in place to ensure no blood diamonds get in. Ask them about certification to ensure that the diamonds are conflict free.
Buying an engagement ring can be confusing. There are several other aspects that you should be aware of in choosing the gem and the setting, before you buy that special engagement ring.
Source by Lynda Goldman