Diamonds are the ultimate symbol of love, commitment and luxury. But, like any other purchase, it’s important to do your research and know what you’re getting into before you buy. Here are some tips for choosing the right lab grown diamond ring:
Know your diamond ABCs.
When you’re looking at diamonds, it’s important to know the basics. Diamonds are measured in carats (carat is pronounced “car-uh”), which is a unit of weight equal to 200 milligrams. Diamonds are graded on their colour scale and clarity scale, with higher grades meaning a clearer, more brilliant diamond. The most perfect diamonds cost more because they have fewer imperfections than other diamonds of lesser quality—and they reflect light beautifully!
The cut grade refers to how well the diamond reflects light within its pavilion (the area that holds the prongs). There are several different cuts; an excellent cut will make your ring sparkle like a disco ball while reducing any glare off its surface so it doesn’t look cloudy or dull.
Price is not the best way to judge quality.
The price of a diamond is not the best way to judge its quality. The price you pay for your ring can vary widely depending on the quality and rarity of the stone itself, as well as other factors such as cut and colour. A very common misconception is that diamonds are graded by their carat weight: however, there are many other factors at play when determining how diamonds stack up against one another in terms of value and beauty.
There are four main categories used by jewellers around the world when grading their diamonds: colour (colorless), clarity (natural), cut (ideal proportions) and symmetry—which includes whether or not each diamond has been faceted into its proper shape so that it may be set in jewelry without compromising any angles around them
Don’t be fooled by the carat.
When it comes to diamonds, a carat is a measure of weight. A 1-carat diamond weighs 1/100th of a gram and has 100 facets. A 2-carat diamond weighs .2 grams and has 200 facets. The bigger the number, the smaller your stone will be in size; however, that doesn’t mean you should base your purchase on how much weight it has!
Because diamonds are sold by carats rather than their actual size (the amount of space between two points), there’s an easy way to determine what size diamond would match well with other rings: use the same ratio as an old-fashioned ruler or yardstick. For example: If both pieces have 7mm circumference measurements—which means they have different lengths but equal diameters—then they could work together if they had matching dimensions within 4 millimeters (or 0.16 inches).
Let brightness steal your heart.
Once you’ve settled on the cut and clarity of your diamond, it’s time to take a look at its brightness. A diamond’s brilliance is measured by its degree of polish, which indicates how much light it reflects. The higher this number is, the better. But there’s more to it than just seeing how bright a stone looks under 100 watt bulbs in various lighting conditions—it also has something to do with what type of color tint your eyes see when looking at them (this is called “color vs brightness”).
The best way for consumers who want their hearts stolen by diamonds without getting ripped off by over-priced ones? Try picking out one that’s high in both categories: high color and high polish!
Consider a diamond alternative.
You may want to consider a diamond alternative. Diamonds are not the only option, and they’re not always the most durable or eco-friendly option. If you’re looking for a ring that will last your lifetime and be able to be passed down through generations, consider other gemstones such as ruby, sapphire or emerald.
There are plenty of less expensive alternatives out there!
Remember these points when you’re looking to buy a diamond
- Know your diamond ABCs.
The best way to get an idea of how well a diamond will look on your finger is to learn its four basic characteristics:
- Color (colorless, yellowish, brownish)
- Clarity (flawless, VS2/SI1 or higher)
- Cut (round brilliant cut or emerald cut)
- Carat weight (the weight that it falls into when measured in carats). The number of carats tells you how big the stone is and how much it weighs. A 1-carat diamond has been cut into a perfect round brilliant shape with no facets at all; this makes them extremely rare and expensive!
Hopefully, this guide has helped you get a little more educated about diamond rings. Remember that a good diamond ring should be worth the investment, and if you’re doing it right, it can last for years to come. But don’t forget what we said at the very beginning: diamonds are great because they’re pretty!