Diamonds are commonly referred to as a “Girl’s Best Friend”, and this is fitting as diamonds are one of the rarest and most beautiful minerals on Earth. Many people think diamond rings are bought only for engagements, but a diamond ring is appropriate for any occasion including 21st birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and birthdays. When buying a diamond ring for an engagement, the common rule of thumb is to spend the equivalent of three months salary on the ring, but this is just a guideline and many think that this rule is outdated.
Buying a diamond ring can be one of the biggest and most expensive purchases you will make in your life, in the same league as buying a car or home. When buying a diamond ring, there are a few things you need to look out for. The “Four C’s” are cut, carat, colour and clarity.
Diamonds come in a range of colours, and the most expensive of those is colourless. Although when people usually think of diamonds, they think of clear diamonds, diamonds come in colours such as pink, yellow and even black, and these can be just as stunning as a clear diamond. The cut of the diamond will determine how much it sparkles in the light. Diamond cuts for rings include princess-cut, round, oval and emerald-cut. The clarity of the diamond is also extremely influential on the diamonds value. Diamonds that have no visible incisions or flaws are the most prized – these are called flawless diamonds and they are very rare, and thus expensive. Carat weight refers to the size of the diamond: the bigger, the more expensive.
There are many different types of diamonds, and when looking for a diamond ring it is vital to consider the “Four C’s”. If you do not have much experience with diamond rings, there is information available on the internet that will be able to aid you in your quest for the perfect diamond ring. Going to a reputable jeweler will ensure that you get what you are paying for.