Buying The Engagement Ring

Buying The Engagement Ring



Buying The Engagement Ring
The most widespread of​ engagement traditions is​ the groom presenting his bride to​ be with a​ ring .​
Most frequently, the engagement ring is​ a​ diamond ring .​
Even though diamonds are the most desired by brides to​ be, diamonds are not the only precious stones used in​ engagement rings.
If your choice of​ engagement ring is​ a​ diamond ring, be prepared to​ spend .​
The diamond jewelry retail market is​ a​ $30 billion market .​
Over $5 billion is​ spent on engagement ring in​ the U.S .​
market.
To the untrained eye, most diamonds look very similar .​
Most people differentiate between diamonds based on size, shape, and price .​
a​ lower price usually means lower diamond quality, not necessarily a​ bargain.
Judging diamond quality requires skill and experience, and it​ involves grading a​ ring based on a​ combination of​ characteristics such as​ cut, clarity, color and carat weight .​
The above characteristics are called the 4 Cs .​
a​ diamond's weight is​ measured in​ carats, equivalent to​ one fifth of​ a​ gram .​
Usually diamonds range from 0.25 up to​ several carats .​
Weight is​ only one way of​ valuing a​ diamond, color is​ another .​
Colorless diamonds are the most rare and they are the most valuable .​
Colored diamonds with a​ hint of​ yellow are more common and less expensive.
Diamond colors are coded from D to​ Z .​
a​ D grade is​ the most valuable and Z is​ least valuable .​
Diamonds graded D-F are considered colorless and they are the most valuable .​
Many reputable jewelry stores do not sell K thru Z grade diamonds.
The most valuable color grades:
D: Absolutely colorless .​
The highest color grade, which is​ extremely rare.
E: Colorless .​
Only minute traces of​ color can be detected by an​ expert gemologist .​
a​ rare diamond.
F: Colorless .​
Slight color detected by an​ expert gemologist, but still considered a​ colorless grade .​
a​ high-quality diamond.
Another essential factor determining the price of​ a​ diamond is​ its cut .​
Just like color, cut, is​ equally difficult to​ judge for the untrained eye .​
The grading certificate that typically comes with the diamond will give you a​ good idea .​
Independent testing laboratories, such the GIA, provide certificates with a​ diamond's grading from excellent to​ poor .​
a​ certified diamond also means a​ bigger price tag.
The clarity of​ a​ diamond simply refers to​ its purity .​
Most diamonds have minuscule markings called inclusions .​
a​ flawless (no inclusions) diamond is​ very rare and valuable, while a​ diamond riddled with inclusions is​ less expensive .​
Clarity is​ ranked from flawless (FL) to​ imperfect (I1 to​ I2) .​
Most diamonds fall between those with very, very small inclusions (VVS1) to​ rocks with slightly larger inclusions (S1) .​
If you are willing to​ compromise on clarity, you can expect to​ save .​
To verify a​ diamond's clarity, examine the laboratory certificate.
If you're on a​ tight budget, try to​ stay away from the big name jewelry stores .​
Brand name usually comes with a​ larger price tag .​
Buying wholesale may be an​ option .​
Normally the wholesaler's core business is​ selling diamonds to​ retailers, but they also sell to​ the public .​
Because they do not advertise in​ the traditional methods, nor are they located in​ shopping malls, you have to​ seek them out .​
You will find some wholesalers listed as​ diamond merchants in​ the Yellow Pages.




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