Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring

Posted by marketing 19/11/2018 0 Comment(s)

Congratulations! You have found your person, the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. All of those warm feelings of security, openness, and trust have now gotten you to the point where you’re ready to propose. While you may be stressing on how to find the perfect diamond ring in Houston, we have a simple guideline—from the four C’s and beyond—to get you where you need to go to find the right ring so you can pop the question.

The Four C’s

Established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the four C’s help determine the quality of a diamond. These fundamentals should help as you begin your engagement ring hunt. They include the following:

While it may sound odd, the less color a diamond has, the better. The scale for grading on color quality goes from D-Z. D represents a perfectly colorless gem while Z represents diamonds that are yellow or brown in color.

  1. Color
    While it may sound odd, the less color a diamond has, the better. The scale for grading on color quality goes from D-Z. D represents a perfectly colorless gem while Z represents diamonds that are yellow or brown in color.

    D E F ⬥ G H I J ⬥ K L M ⬥ N O P Q R ⬥ S T U V W X Y Z

    • D—F are considered colorless
    • G—J are considered near colorless
    • K—M are considered faint
    • N—R are considered very light
    • S—Z are considered light
  2. Clarity
    The clarity scale consists of 11 grades ranging from flawless (10x magnified) to I3 (inclusions visible to the naked eye).
    Flawless ⬥ Internally Flawless ⬥ VVS1 VVS2 ⬥ VS1 VS2 ⬥ SI1 SI2 ⬥ I1 I2 I3
  3. Cut
    The way a diamond is cut determines its sparkle, not simply its shape. Based on the grading scale of a traditional brilliant-cut diamond, the cut scale ranges from “Excellent” to “Poor.”
  4. Carat
    The weight of the diamond is determined by carats. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams. A diamond that is larger will include a larger carat amount.
    Excellent ⬥ Very Good ⬥ Good ⬥ Fair ⬥ Poor

How much should I spend?

It is extremely important to set a budget for yourself before you end up making a larger-than-life purchase you cannot truly afford. No one can make the decision about how much you should spend but you. If you are concerned about budgeting options, speak to a financial adviser for assistance. When you see a particular center diamond that you like, keep in mind that tax, shipping if applicable, cost of the actual wedding ring, and additional costs of extra gemstones and precious metals (gold, white gold, platinum, rose gold) will inflate your end total. Simply set a minimum and maximum amount you are comfortable spending before you step foot into any jewelry store. It will help both yourself and your jeweler to know what to look for in an engagement ring. Do not forget to ask about financing options for your engagement ring.

Common engagement ring styles

  • Round Brilliant: This style is the most traditional. A round brilliant diamond is circular and features a ton of sparkle from the center, outward.
  • Oval: This diamond is oval in shape with sparkle that comes from the center.
  • Cushion: Cushion cut diamonds resemble a square or rectangle with softened corners.
  • Cordoba: This cut resembles an octagon and has nice clean lines throughout.
  • Radiant: A radiant diamond resembles a rectangular shape with cut corners, maintaining sharp clean lines.
  • Princess: A princess cut features a neatly cut square with clean lines.
  • Emerald: Emerald diamonds are rectangular in shape with mirror-like facets within the diamond. It’s an extremely unique cut that reflects beautifully in the light.
  • Trillion: The trillion-cut diamond looks similar to an upside down triangle with sparkle coming from the center.
  • Marquise: A marquise cut diamond is shaped similarly to a diamond with soft vertical edges.
  • Pear: Pear-shaped diamonds look similar to a perfectly symmetrical teardrop with each facet meeting within the center of the stone.
  • Heart: The heart-shaped diamond perfectly resembles the classic icon recognized all over the world, with light catching from the center.
  • Calf: This diamond is shaped like a coffin with mirror-like shine throughout.
  • Asscher: An asscher cut diamond is more closely shaped like a square with emerald or mirror facets.

Custom jewelry

Nothing says “unique” quite like a custom made diamond engagement ring from your local jeweler. Jewelers who specialize in custom pieces will be best equipped to help you determine what you are looking for within your price range. The custom jewelry process usually starts with selecting a setting, then finding the center and side stones (if necessary). You can usually choose from a selection of loose diamonds. Be sure to tell your jeweler if you know the size of your loved one’s ring finger. If not, ask if it can be resized later if needed. Request the cost of engraving if that is a feature you would like to include. Be open and honest with your jeweler about your wants, concerns, and anything else you deem worthy of noting.

When looking for engagement rings in Houston, look no further than Karat 22 Jewelers. With over 30 years of experience building and designing custom made pieces, you can stop googling “How to find the perfect diamond ring in Houston” and place your trust in our hardworking hands. Take a deep breath and come visit us at Karat 22 Jewelers. We vow to make your ring buying experience a smooth one complete with a cup of our famous hot chai tea in hand.

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