How to choose the perfect diamond rings

If you’re looking for a diamond ring for that special someone, it’s important you choose wisely. You might think that it’s a simple decision—choose a design you like and you’re sorted, right? Wrong. There’s more to choosing diamond rings than meets the eye, with the four Cs coming into play to ensure you’ve got one that makes the grade:

• Carat. Carat refers to the weight, or size, of the diamond, and the larger the carat the more expensive the ring will be.

• Colour. You might think that all diamonds are clear, and whilst true to a certain extent there are always slight variations—some are more off-white than others and you might even get a yellowy tinge, but wholly colourless diamonds will always be the most desirable.

• Cut. This refers to the way the diamond has been cut, with its resulting sparkle depending hugely on the angles and dimensions. But, there are a lot of cuts to choose from which means it’s also a highly personal decision—some people prefer a princess cut, for example, whereas others want the symmetry and brilliance of the brilliant round cut.

• Clarity. This is perhaps the most important of all. Diamonds are natural materials and so will always have inner flaws or inclusions of some kind, and the better the clarity the more highly prized the diamond.

This is a general overview of what you need to look for in diamond rings, but once you’ve got the basics underway a lot of it comes down to personal preference. As long as you make sure you’re getting a diamond that meets your needs, standards and budget you can’t go wrong, and as for styles you’ll be spoilt for choice—do you want multi-stone options, a single statement stone or perhaps eternity rings?

You’ll soon find something to suit, and if you make sure you’re getting your ring from a quality source (complete with a full diamond certificate) you’ll have diamond and eternity rings that will stand the test of time.

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