Every woman dreams of the perfect proposal by their significant other half along with the most stunning engagement ring. The ring will signify a symbol of love and commitment for the couple who have chosen to spend the rest of their lives together. This special ring will be on her hand every day for many years, which is why it’s important to buy the perfect engagement ring.
Some choose the convenient option of just walking into a jewellery shop, picking the shiniest looking ring and walking out, while others spend days and weeks looking for that special and unique ring. Every shop has a selection of rings to choose from but why give her an ordinary ring, when you have the option to design your own jewellery?
Most jewellery shops have the option of personalising your engagement ring. When you design your own engagement ring it becomes very personal and from the heart as you have spent time picking, choosing and deciding every part of the ring. You will end up with an engagement ring that’s truly one of a kind.
There are a few things to keep in mind when designing an engagement ring, the ‘4 C’s of Diamond’. Every diamond has its own characteristics which are graded and categorised by the diamond industry. The four characteristics which are considered the most important in determining a diamond's value are Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat weight.
• Cut - Cut refers not to a diamond's shape but to a diamond's proportions, symmetry and polish. Cut has the greatest effect on a diamond’s beauty. In determining the quality of the cut, the diamond grader evaluates the cutter’s skill in the fashioning of the diamond. The more precise the cut, the more captivating the diamond is to the eye.
• Colour - Diamonds come naturally in every colour of the rainbow, some of them highly prized - pinks, blues and even yellows. The best colour for a diamond is no colour at all. A totally colourless diamond allows light to pass through it easily, resulting in the light being dispersed as the colour of the rainbow.
• Clarity - The clarity of a diamond is determined by the amount and location of natural inclusions, blemishes or small crystals inside the diamond which are like a diamonds birth mark, however, clarity characteristics can usually only be seen with magnification. Clarity refers to the degree to which these inclusions are present. Diamonds which contain numerous or significant clarity characteristics have less brilliance because the markings interfere with the path of light through the diamond.
• Carat weight - This is the weight of a diamond measured in carats. As the carat weight of a diamond increases so does its rarity and therefore its price. Fewer than one in one million mined rough stones are large enough to produce a finished 1 carat diamond.
There is also a fifth ‘C’ which is the diamond certificate, it is a complete assessment of your diamond that has been performed by an independent gemological laboratory by a qualified professional with the help of special gemmological instruments. Each diamond certificate issued is uniquely numbered, and corresponds to one individual diamond.