Friday, June 8, 2012
Prior to the whirlwind of activities and preparations leading to the wedding day, a groom-to-be first faces the overwhelming task of finding the perfect engagement ring. Aside from being a proof of the engagement, the ring is a sign too, of ones’ willingness to commit to a lifetime love and companionship, for richer or for poorer, to that one great love. An engagement ring is an investment. Thus, one must be very meticulous and do an extensive research before paying for it. Also, it will be kept and worn by the bride for the many years to come, so the groom-to-be must make sure that he is indeed buying something that she will treasure.
If you are going to pop THE question very soon, you must know and be familiar with a lot of things like oval cut diamonds 1,3 carat diamonds and many others. It can be very intimidating and overwhelming, especially for men who are not familiar with the terms but reading, researching and asking around can greatly help. It pays to know too that there are four Cs that characterize good man made diamond engagement rings. These are:
Cut. This term refers to the angles and proportions of the diamond and the only C that the cutter has a control over. Experts say that of all the four Cs, Cut is the most important because it is what gives the diamond its fiery brilliance. For a diamond to be labeled as well-cut, it should reflect the light from one facet to another. Also, it must project the light through the top of the stone to give the diamond its sparkle. The cut must be taken into consideration and note that diamonds cut too deep or too shallow does not look that elegant as the light leaks through the bottom or sides of the it.
Color. Diamonds are available in varied colors. Its color is scaled from D which is colorless, to Z which is light yellow. Colorless diamonds are rare and expensive while white ones are said to be popular. When choosing a diamond’s color, make sure that you are aware of your fiancée’s preference so as to buy the perfect color.
Clarity. A diamond that is clear and has fewer imperfections is more expensive. Color is measured according to a scale, and one must take note that with SI1 and SI2, there are slight inclusions but are not visible to the naked eye. Inclusions by the way are small fractures or tiny minerals which are found in the diamond. Obviously, the fewer inclusions on the diamond, the better.
Carat. Carat is the terms used to refer to the weight of a diamond. A heavier diamond is more expensive.
If you have read this prior to a trip to a denver jewelry store to buy an engagement ring, you are assured that you won’t feel lost and confused once you talk to the jeweler.