“Keep within your budget” is a phrase easier said than done — especially when it comes to getting the perfect engagement ring for your sweetheart. She has Pinterest pins on Pinterest pins of her so-called desired, perfect dream ring she’d love for you to propose with. Now, the stress boils down to how can you fulfill her dreams but still stick to your budget? Don’t worry, we have just the guide for you.
A huge part in aiding your process of finding the perfect engagement ring within your budget is to fully understand the 4Cs. This is so that you can use them to your advantage and learn how to prioritise one C over the other.
Carat weight refers to the weight of a diamond which is often mistaken for how big a diamond appears to be.
Slight differences in carat weight can sometimes result in huge differences in cost. Only being up to 0.2mm smaller in size, it is almost impossible to discern between a 0.9 carat and a 1 carat. However the cost difference between those carat weights can be hundreds if not thousands of dollars for otherwise almost identical diamonds.
A diamond’s colour is graded with D being colourless and because of its rarity, it tends to be expensive. Going down the grading scale, diamonds tend to have a slight yellow or brown tint to them.
Although a diamond with a D colour grade looks absolutely stunning, you don’t necessarily have to buy a D diamond colour to get a stunning center stone for your engagement ring. In fact a F or G coloured diamond would still appear as colourless to the human eye. However, to note, for diamond colour grades lower than G, the diamond’s yellow tint would start becoming apparent.
The colour of the engagement ring plays a huge factor as well. Getting a white gold setting shows a diamond’s colour readily as such emphasis on getting a higher diamond colour grade is important. However, by setting your diamond in a yellow gold or rose gold setting, you’re able to save by getting a diamond of a lower colour grade. That’s because the metal colour will reflect through the diamond, making it look like it has more colour than it really does.
Just like all things in nature, diamonds too have their flaws and are graded based on their inclusions as well as their blemishes. A clarity grade measures the diamonds from flawless where there are no inclusions and blemishes present to heavily included where there is a high amount of inclusions and blemishes present.
Clarity is graded using a jeweller’s loupe which has a 10x magnification. As such, dependent on where these inclusions and blemishes are located on the diamond, it is very hard to see them with the naked eye. Therefore,you can probably accept a diamond of a lower clarity grade and save on cost without compromising beauty.
A diamond’s cut grading is undeniably the most important factor out of the 4Cs, especially when it comes to purchasing a round shaped diamond. Diamond cuts are evaluated from an excellent grade to a poor grade. An excellent cut round diamond would mean light bounces off the diamond giving it a brilliant outlook.Whereas light leaks out the bottom of a diamond with a good cut grade and lower. An excellent cut diamond would help minimise or hide inclusions or blemishes and even give the illusion of a higher diamond colour grade. Therefore, when you want to get a beautiful, sparkling diamond, focus on its cut while scaling back on a few levels on colour and clarity.
Use your knowledge on the 4Cs to your advantage and you’ll definitely be able to propose with her dream engagement ring that’s within your budget. Or even better, saving the money for your honeymoon!
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