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Congratulations on acquiring my Diamond Ring Catalogue. You are now at the stage of researching and trying to locate the perfect Engagement Diamond Ring. This catalogue will run you through a breakdown of three important factors that must be looked at while searching for the perfect Diamond Engagement Ring, aside from its actual meaning or symbol. These points are imperative to take on board your mission as most women will look at their own engagement ring more than a million times in a lifetime, and it will also catch the eye and be the subject of compliments countless times from many others.
1. Form & Design
The ring must be beautiful and have aspects to it that will synchronise with the wearer. How much space does the wearer have on her finger? Long or short finger? Does the wearer like a fine or heavy design? Is the wearer after comfort or look? All these factors must be considered and balanced.
Diamond engagement rings are usually worn with a wedding ring and then an eternity ring, so in the design it is always wise that the design incorporates accepting a straight wedding band and eternity band. By this I mean the wedding ring/eternity ring actually fits up flat, flush against the engagement ring. Rings not designed like this can be hugely problematic with the setting and wedding ring not sitting flush and causing wear and damage to each other.
2. Quality of the Diamonds
As this subject matter covers such a wide range of diamond education, I will put it briefly. It is my best of advice that if you can stay in the highest cut class possible in your preferred diamond shape it will have the most sparkle and scintillation. This means that it will sparkle more than 90% of other diamonds as most are still cut for weight and beauty.
From here you are now on the right track to having a high quality diamond for your engagement ring. For a multi-diamond engagement ring, all stones should be matched for exact colour and cut class which should be double-checked by the source and supplier.
3. Quality of the Setting
This factor is quite interesting as with the internet and retail jewellery stores, there appears to be so much choice. However, the metal of your setting is worth thinking about as this is an area of which a lot of people, without the knowledge, have difficulties.
The following may sound technical but if you think a little more about it, it makes perfect sense. 75% of 18 karat or 750 white or yellow gold should be fabricated with 25% of another alloy mix using the finest components of precious or base metal to hold your ring's shine and gleam. A platinum mix should be 75% or 95% pure alloyed. There is a big difference in the price of a setting if it has 20% less fine platinum. You also need to consider if the ring has been manufactured with a nicely dense metal with zero porosity (no ability to absorb fluids) or if there is an air/rice bubble consistency in the metal which can lead to cracking. You must ensure that the setting will take the highest polish when finishing as well.
The amount of actual labour that has been invested into the setting and finish of the ring indicates its true quality. It should resemble tidiness and have the diamonds set straight with clean tables facing the right direction. It is also vital that the claws and collets are the correct thickness to hold your chosen diamond and it is your preference as to how deep the band should be, keeping in mind that it needs to suit the design itself.
All the above should be taken into careful consideration if you want the life of your ring to last forever. There are many quality ring settings on the market and many creative manufacturing jewellers but little do people know that the majority of diamond ring settings are extremely poor even if they look nice to the eye. Be aware of enhanced photographs as most of them are online these days.
To put it simply, if you do your homework and are open to advice, you can't go wrong.
I wish you all the best in your search for the perfect diamond engagement ring.
Jewellery Designer, Gemmologist, Diamond Grader