Always remember – ring size matters, but the diamond size matters more! However, the 4 C’s of cut, carat, clarity, and color also affect the appearance of that stunning diamond.
A ring size chart gives you a clear picture of the ring size you need. Yellow and white diamonds have different qualities. You will want to know what qualities you want in a diamond beforehand. Shop around to narrow down your search and find the perfect ring for you. Every retailer will have a different way of presenting products. Make sure you know what you are looking at. Search for lab-grown diamonds as they are the same as mined gems at a much lower cost.
Ring Size Chart Calculation
The ring sizing system works by comparing the piece of jewelry the customer is ordering to a sample piece or using a ring sizer tool. You may want to bring a ring that you know fits your partner to get sized at a professional jeweler. This is the best way to know for sure that the ring will fit.
There are many discrete ways to determine ring size if you want to have a surprise engagement. You can ask her friends and family to help you figure out this problem. Be careful, though they may ruin your surprise!
You can always take her to try on rings that are not engagement rings. That way, you get the info and hopefully is none the wiser. Alternatively, many couples nowadays decide to go engagement ring shopping together. If you have discussed marriage and she knows this is coming, this may be your safest bet.
Some people choose to pop the question with a placeholder ring to get the element of surprise, and then they decide to go ring shopping together afterward. This way, you get the element of surprise and stunning Instagram photos, and she still gets the ring of her dreams.
What to Look For When Shopping for a Diamond
Many people think that the shape plays a huge role in the overall value of the ring. And in many ways, it does! However, the value of your final product is also determined by your diamond and the 4 C’s. Yes, a perfectly round, perfectly shaped diamond is worth a lot more than one that is slightly narrower, slightly larger, or somewhat more colorful. However, this does NOT mean that the stone’s width or color doesn’t make a difference. It does!
Suppose you’re just starting flipping or buying second-hand jewelry. You might want to focus on the stone’s color or even just the clarity over the width and weight. However, if you’ve worn similar rings in the past or plan to wear them for investment purposes, you should focus on purchasing the best diamonds you can afford.
How to Decide What Diamond to Purchase?
The 4 C’s of a diamond determine the overall shape and weight of the diamond. In other words:
Each of the 4 C’s in a diamond is great for different use, and therefore they are valued differently. Each has its unique breaking points and specific qualities. However, it is impossible to recommend which is better than another by referring only to the main facets.
An experienced jeweler can (and usually will) use all 4 C’s and, as a result, can identify which factors are best for a specific value.
For example: if I were to purchase the same ring as A and B, the primary considerations would be:
Facet length (or cleavage)
Cut (the angle at which the stone is cut, which determines whether on a round or square shape)
Color (the color is the hues of the stone – and the exact shade used – not the saturation, which is determined by the x-ray or fluorescence of the diamond)
Clarity is the stone free of visual imperfections?
Carat Weight, which directly affects cut and weight
Luster (Compared to other gems, this should not be overlooked!)
Therefore, if a gemologist knows what any one of the seven facets of a diamond is valued for, he can inform A how much he should ask for the ring and B how much he should pay. Overall, finding a perfect diamond ring that will hold its value and last the longest is a tricky business indeed!