Top 10 Tips When Buying A Diamond Ring

The following tips are put together for purchasers of diamond engagement rings for proposal:

  1. Diamond certification – While there are many diamond certification bodies that claim to be independent, very often they are affiliated to a particular company and are beholden to these very companies. It is well known that GIA and AGS certification are ones that adhere to the strictest criteria in grading standards and are the most independent. Always ask to see the certification before you purchase!
  2. Diamond Shape – Choose a shape which is the most appealing to your fiancé. It could be Princess, Marquise, Cushion, Asscher, Emerald shape, or just the round brilliant which is the most widely accepted as the diamond shape of choice.
  3. Diamond Cut – The cut grade of the Diamond refers to how well the diamond was cut to reflect the maximum fire, brilliance and scintillation. Choose a diamond with Cut grade of Excellent or Very Good on GIA Cut grading scale(Ideal or Excellent on AGS Certificate) to get a diamond that will truly shine even after leaving the bright lights of the jewellery store!
  4. Diamond Color – The color grade of the diamond actually reflects the absence of color in a non fancy colored diamond. D appears the whitest and most colorless, while E and F grades also appear colorless to the naked eye. G-H represents minute traces of yellow not visible when the diamond is facing you, while I-J color diamonds have slightly visible tinge of yellow even face up.
  5. Diamond Carat – While most will take Carat Weight as how large the diamond is, it is not so but rather how heavy it is. Prices normally jump at 0.5 caraters, 0.8 caraters, 0.9 caraters and 1 caraters in this present time. Of course it will be best to purchase at say 0.9 carats instead of 1 carat as this represents a significant amount of savings with almost imperceptible size differences.
  6. Diamond Clarity – Clarity represents how many and/or how large the inclusions in the diamond is. It is recommended to get VS diamonds or even VVS diamonds to ensure 黃鑽石 can have a diamond which inclusions cannot be seen by the naked eye.
  7. Diamond fluorescence – The fluorescence of a diamond is a natural occurring property when exposed to UV light. A diamond with a faint blue fluorescence will glow faintly blue under UV light. A small proportion of diamonds with Medium, Strong or very Strong fluorescence will appear milky or cloudy, and it is best to avoid these diamonds. Prices of diamonds also drop significantly when the diamond hits Medium fluorescence, and further more when it exhibits Strong or Very Strong fluorescence.
  8. Engagement Ring Setting Design – Know your fiancé, and determine her preference in design when choosing her engagement ring. A tip is that 4 prong settings make a diamond look bigger, while a 6 prong setting will make it look rounder.
  9. Type of metal in the engagement ring setting – Platinum is a popular choice used in engagement ring settings nowadays, even though it normally cost more than 2 times the price of 18k white gold settings. Platinum rings are more scratch resistant but gets dull more easily than 18k white gold settings.
  10. Reputable jewellers – Research online retail stores and forums (though forums can also be a veritable trove of MISINFORMATION) and choose a respected jeweller or internet retailer to purchase your diamonds.

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