Consider the Diamond Shape
Most women have a preference when it comes to the shape of the diamond in their engagement ring. While round cuts never go out of fashion, they are not every woman’s cup of tea. Some would rather have a dazzling pear cut while others feel more comfortable with the understatement of an Asscher cut. If you are choosing a diamond ring for a woman who does not have a preference or whom you have not asked for input, the safest choice is a round cut. A well-cut round diamond is always beautiful and flattering.
Choosing a Carat Weight
If you are on a budget, try looking for diamonds that are just less than the most popular carat weights. Since these are just off of the most popular weights, they usually cost less for the average weight. It is also hard to tell that they are just slightly smaller. Many are actually cut at the same diameter of larger carats, meaning that they appear to be the same size unless a jeweller makes a closer inspection. If you need to buy a smaller diamond – under .75 carats, for example – think about choosing a marquis. Because of the marquis’ longer cut, it appears bigger than other cuts that have the same carat weight.
Colour is difficult to distinguish, especially when the colour grades are just one or two in difference. This becomes even more difficult to tell when the diamond is in its setting and in an everyday environment. Diamonds are graded for colour in a controlled environment on a white background. It can be easier on a budget to choose a better cut rather than a perfectly colourless diamond, since the cut means more for the stone’s brilliance. A diamond that has a greater number of facets reflects more light, meaning that they are even more difficult to discern any colour in. If you are particularly concerned about your diamond’s colour, a princess or brilliant cut can make it appear more colourless.
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