Top Tips Tuesday: The Engagement Ring Guide, Part One… The 4 C’s
Happy Valentines Day lovelies! We do hope you all have the most amazing day with your loved ones, and for all of those who may have already gotten engaged, we wish you a huge congratulations! And, for those nervous few who are planning on popping the all important question today, good luck!
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So, you have already made the hardest decision of them all (picking your future husband/wife), so choosing an engagement ring should be easy, right? – but it isn’t always that simple.
Getting engaged is probably one of the most important and emotional moments in your life which makes choosing the right engagement ring to symbolise your love together, absolutely key. Your journey to find “the” ring will present you with many options to consider, from the colour to the cut, clarity and carat.
Take inspiration from the rings that have twinkled their way into this post. Yes, they are gorgeous!
An engagement ring is the first major step on the road to marriage. Worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, which is said to contain the vena armoris (vein of love), an engagement ring is traditionally a gold ring set with a diamond. Nowadays however, there are many more different options to choose from, which cater for a wide variety of tastes. Yup, we can guarantee there is something for even the fussiest of brides.
AFTER considering the four Cs – the colour, cut, clarity and carat – of the stone you choose, there are still several things to think about when choosing your engagement ring. Are you a solitaire or a cluster kind of girl? Will a prong setting that catches on your clothes annoy you, or is the smooth bezel setting too modern for you? What stone shape feels right and how big or small do you want to go?
So, first of all, what is a Carat…
The carat is the weight of your chosen stone or stones, and is one way to measure the value of the ring you choose. Generally the higher the carat of a single stone, the more it will cost and the bigger it will look, although a diamond with a shallower cut can appear larger than a deeper-cut stone that may actually weigh more.
A diamond’s colour is graded on a scale from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow), with D being the most sought-after. The exception to this rule is for diamonds that possess a very rare or unusual colour – like green or red. More common coloured diamond options include blue, yellow and pink.
You may choose a slight pop of colour in your ring if you are seeking something a little more contemporary .
The cut of a diamond doesn’t actually refer to its shape, but to the way that the stone is cut in order to increase its sparkle, whether deep in shape or more shallow. A well-cut diamond should have a bright shine, and should reflect light easily internally and externally.
To find the perfect engagement ring, study the diamonds brilliance and beauty and spend some time choosing the right one for you.
Clarity refers to how many inclusions, or tiny imperfections, a stone contains – Otherwise known as natural birthmarks or fingerprints. These imperfections are usually only visible under a magnifying glass, the small specks feature in almost every diamond and are formed when the diamond is crystallised under the earth’s crust. Diamonds with the most clarity often are much rarer, therefore will cost more.
Do make sure that you join us next Tuesday where we will be looking a little more closely into the different colours, stunning shapes and styles that are available.
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