Bling Bling! It’s time to buy the ring

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Diamond, sapphire, cushion cut, halo, shopping for an engagement ring can be daunting if you are as clueless as I was! Prior to getting engaged I had no idea about the 4 C’s, style of rings or even colours. I had to learn fast as Chris proposed with a temporary ring so after much research, here is what I learnt.

Choosing a stone

With so many options it can be difficult choosing a stone. A classic choice is a diamond but if you fancy something different you could go for one of the other three precious stones

Sapphire

Sapphire stones are deep blue in colour and are a desirable gemstone due to their colour, hardness and durability

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Source: Beaverbrooks

Ruby

Ruby stones are deep red in colour and are historically known as a precious stone. Prices of rubies are predominantly based on their colour. The deeper and brighter the red, the more expensive they are

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Source: The Diamond Store 

Emerald

Emerald stones are green in colour and are classed as an emerald based on the degree of green. The most desirable emerald colours are bluish green to pure green

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Source: QP Jewellers

Diamonds

Diamonds are the favoured stone for engagement rings. If you are choosing a diamond ring it is important to be familiar with the 4 C’s

  1. Cut
  2. Colour
  3. Clarity
  4. Carat

1.   Cut

The cut of a diamond refers to its proportions, symmetry, polish and finish. These factors determine the price of a diamond

  1. Colour

Diamonds naturally vary in colour and the most desirable are those that are colourless. A colourless diamond increases the price but adds the extra sparkle

  1. Clarity

The clarity is determined by the amount and location of flaws or blemishes in the diamond when viewed under a powerful magnification. To the naked eye flaws or blemishes cannot be seen

  1. Carat

Diamonds are measured and weighted in carats. Remember the carat does not determine the size of the diamond; it is specifically a measure of a diamond’s weight

Most people are familiar with carat but remember to consider the other 3 C’s when choosing your diamond as they determine what your diamond will look like and its value

Grading your diamond

The GIA Diamond Grading report is highly recognised and most widely used for verifying a diamonds quality. When buying a diamond be sure to ask if it is GIA certified

The GIA website has further detailed information about buying a diamond. Check it out if you are after an indepth report http://4cs.gia.edu/EN-US/index.htm

Metal

The popular choices for an engagement ring are white gold, platinum, rose gold or yellow gold. Prices vary considerably between the metals and it is important to consider which looks best with the stone and skin tone of your partner

White Gold

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Yellow Gold 

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Rose Gold

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Platinum 

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Source: Fraser Hart

Shape

There are many different stone shapes to choose from, each as pretty as each other

Cushion cut

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Round

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Source: Goldsmith

Oval

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Source: Tiffany

Three stone

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Source: Blue Nile

Pear drop

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Source: Beaverbrooks

Princess

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Source: De Beers

Halo

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Source: Tiffany

Setting

The setting of the stone is important. It showcases the stone to its best advantages. Popular settings include; claw, split shank and channel

Claw

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Source: Mayson Jewellery 

Split Shank

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Channel

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So what are you waiting for? Go and buy that ring!

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