You can make yourself crazy reading all there is to know about diamonds and how to find the one you want!
When selecting a diamond, your first priority is to choose a shape. Round diamonds are by far the most popular choice due to their incredible brilliance, fire, and light performance. Read more below about shape.
When you’re looking for the most beautiful diamond for your engagement ring, keep these four things in mind.
The diamond’s cut and polish are the most important considerations when it comes to its overall beauty. You’ve probably seen someone with a diamond ring that seems to be lit from within.
That flare comes from light reflecting off the exterior of the diamond, and from the light entering the diamond from the top and refracting off of the internal surfaces and coming back out. It’s called light return. Dispersion is the thing that creates the many colors you can see as the diamond moves.
A well-made diamond with a great cut and polish will display more flashes of light and color than a diamond with same type of cut and an inferior polish job.
The cut isn’t the diamond shape. The cut creates the shape, but shape also plays a part in how bright and reflective your diamond is.
A round diamond can’t be beat for shine and flash. The symmetry created by the round shape can reflect, refract and disperse almost all the available light. The term “round brilliant cut.” defines a cut with 58 facets and creates the best opportunity for great play of light in and out of the diamond.
Square and princess cuts are also popular shapes for engagement rings.
There are degrees of color in a white diamond. Colorless diamonds are the top grade. Then the amount of yellow tint grows as you get down the line in diamond color. Usually, the less color in a diamond, the brighter and more spectacular the play of light will be.
The setting can affect how dazzling your diamond is.
When considering how to set your center stone, be aware that a prong setting literally lifts the gem away from and above the band, letting in light from almost every angle and accentuating the diamond’s beauty.
The side stones in some bands can also help heighten the overall spectacular look of a ring, especially the many tiny diamonds of a pavé or other invisible setting.
White metals can accentuate the bright white look of a diamond. A matte finish allows the diamond to take center stage while a shiny finish makes maximum impact. Yellow gold adds an element of warmth to an engagement ring.