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Diamond Clarity

Refers to the presence of inclusions in a diamond. Inclusions are natural identifying characteristics such as minerals or fractures, that appear while diamonds are being formed. They may look like tiny crystals, pinpoints, clouds or feathers. The position of inclusions can greatly affect the value of a diamond. Some inclusions can be hidden in the mounting, thus having little effect on the beauty of a diamond. An inclusion in the middle or top of a diamond could impact the dispersion of light, making the diamond less brilliant. Inclusions are ranked on a scale of perfection known as the clarity scale. The scale ranges from F (Flawless) to I (Included) and is based on the visibility of inclusions at 0X magnification.

Diamond Carat

Carat is not a measure of a diamond’s size, but rather a measure of a diamond’s weight. One carat equals 100 points. A .75-carat diamond is the same as 75 points or 3/4-carat diamond. Therefore, a 1-carat diamond will cost more than twice a 1/2-carat diamond, assuming other characteristics are similar. The most important thing to remember when it comes to a diamond’s carat weight is that it is not the only factor that determines a diamond’s value. 

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When you are ready to create your engagement ring we can help you select the perfect diamond for your budget. Unlike before, when there was a traditional standard for engagement rings, today people want something more customized to their specifications. A ring that uniquely represents them. The focus now is on thoughtful and insightful personal touches that make a world of difference.

For example, would be picking out a birthstone as opposed to the traditional diamond. You could also engrave a personal message or symbol with special meaning on the ring. Alternatively, you could think out of the box and come up with a unique and unorthodox design for the ring that represents your relationship. At the end of the day, the ring should be something that speaks to you as a couple.


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**Ultimate Guide To Engagement Rings**

An engagement ring is not just a piece of jewellery; it’s a symbol of love, commitment, and the promise of a shared future. Choosing the perfect engagement ring can be both exciting and overwhelming. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through the process:

1. **Understanding the Basics**

 **Ring Setting**: The setting refers to how the diamond or gemstone is secured in the ring. Popular settings include solitaire, halo, three-stone, and pave.

 **Metal Choices**: Common metals for engagement rings include gold (yellow, white, or rose) and platinum. Each has its unique properties, durability, and appearance.

 **The 4Cs**: The primary factors that determine a diamond’s value are its cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. Understanding these can help you make an informed decision.

### 2. **Choosing the Diamond**

-**Cut**: It’s not about the shape but how well the diamond reflects light. A well-cut diamond will sparkle more.

 **Colour**: Diamonds are graded from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow). However, many people opt for near-colourless diamonds in the G to H range as they offer great value without compromising on appearance.

 **Clarity**: Refers to the presence of inclusions or blemishes. The clarity scale ranges from Flawless (FL) to Included (I). Diamonds with clarity grades of SI1 or SI2 (slightly included) often appear flawless to the naked eye.

**Carat Weight**: This refers to the weight, not the size. A diamond with a higher carat weight will be larger and may appear more impressive, but it’s essential to balance size with other factors like cut and clarity.

### 3. **Selecting the Setting**

**Solitaire**: A single diamond set on a plain metal band, perfect for those who prefer a classic and timeless look.

 **Halo**: The centre diamond is surrounded by a circle (or halo) of smaller diamonds or gemstones, adding extra sparkle and a vintage touch.

 **Three-Stone**: Represents the past, present, and future. It features three diamonds or gemstones of the same size.

**Pave**: Features small diamonds set closely together on the band, creating a shimmering effect.

### 4. **Consider Personal Preferences**

 **Lifestyle**: Consider your partner’s daily activities. If they have an active lifestyle, a lower-profile setting might be more suitable.

 **Style**: Pay attention to the jewellery your partner currently wears. This can provide clues about their preferred style—whether they lean towards classic, modern, vintage, or unique designs.

### 5. **Budgeting**

**Set a Budget**: Determine how much you’re willing to spend. Remember that an engagement ring is a significant investment, but it’s essential to find a balance between quality and price.

 **Alternative Gemstones**: If diamonds aren’t your preference, consider other precious gemstones like sapphires, rubies, or emeralds. They offer unique colours and can be more budget-friendly.

### 6. **Certification and Warranty**

 **Certification**: Always purchase a certified diamond if your budget allows. Reputable laboratories like GIA or IGI provide unbiased assessments of a diamond’s quality.

### 7. **Ethical Considerations**

**Ethically Sourced**: Opt for diamonds and metals that are ethically sourced and free from conflict.

### 8. **Customization**

 **Custom Design**: Many jewellers offer custom design services, allowing you to create a unique ring that perfectly captures your partner’s style and personality.

### 9. **Maintenance and Care**

**Regular Cleaning**: To maintain its brilliance, clean the ring regularly. You can use a mild detergent or a specialized jewellery cleaner.

 **Professional Inspection**: Periodically have the ring inspected by a professional jeweller to ensure the setting is secure and the diamonds are in good condition.

### Conclusion

Choosing an engagement ring is a deeply personal and meaningful decision. By understanding the basics, considering personal preferences, and carefully selecting the diamond and setting, you can find the perfect ring that symbolizes your love and commitment.

The Ultimate Guide To Engagement Rings


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