Buying A Diamond Engagement Ring
Before buying a diamond engagement ring, we will want to make sure there is sufficient time to create your perfect diamond ring. Engagement rings pre-set with diamond melee (called semi mounts) are ready to set with the diamond centre stone of your choice. This can take anywhere from a few days to a week. A custom ring can take up to six weeks to make, so be sure to plan your proposal according
Many people are embarrassed to talk about money. Don’t be one of them. This is a legitimate question to help you navigate through a wide range of price points. When buying a diamond engagement ring, prices can run anywhere from £500 to £100,000 and more. And given the incredible selection available, it’s tempting to stray into territory beyond your wallet’s reach. Setting a budget – and sticking to it – is essential, and it’s one of the first topics we will bring up. Answer honestly and don’t feel intimidated. Remember: your goal is to get the best quality engagement ring for your money.
This is by far one of most important questions, because the price of your engagement ring is largely determined by the quality of the diamond centre stone. The diamond’s colour (or how colourless it is), clarity (how free from inclusions it is), cut (its shape and cutting style), and carat weight (its size) define the diamond’s overall quality and ultimately its price. The 4Cs provide essential facts that describe a diamond. Here’s a simple rule that can help you: the higher the quality of a diamond, the rarer it is, and the more expensive it will be.
Each “C” is assessed differently and contributes to a diamond’s overall look in a different way. This is where it can get confusing. At Wedstones will not only explain the 4Cs to you, but we will help you understand the differences between apparently similar stones.
We may ask which of the 4Cs is most important to you and show you options that match. For instance, if a certain size is essential, you should know how carat weight affects the cost of a diamond. Large, beautiful, sparkling diamonds are more expensive per carat than smaller diamonds of the same quality.
A GIA Diamond Grading Report is invaluable when choosing a diamond. It provides an independent and unbiased diamond evaluation, including a full 4Cs assessment and more. GIA (Gemological Institute of America) created the 4Cs and is a non-profit research and educational institution that neither buys nor sells diamonds.