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How To Buy Your Diamond Ring With Confidence

By Jasper World

Most people are very scared and apprehensive when it comes time to buy a diamond engagement ring. However, there is nothing to be fearful of since this can be a joyful experience.

True, those who are getting married for the first time may not understand a thing about purchasing an engagement or wedding ring. But it isn’t difficult to figure out the basics and to shop online with confidence and anticipation.

So what is a good first step to take? Try looking at wedding magazines since a number of them have sections that advertise engagement rings. This can be a great outlet to see what ones interest you.

It would also be very beneficial that when you see a diamond engagement ring that you like being advertised in the magazine, that you tear it out and put it inside of a scrapbook or notebook for reference. Also, it is sometimes better to buy a wedding ring set since this can be very cost effective. You can even buy them separately if you choose different but complementary styles.

Be honest about the financial realities. Both engagement and wedding rings can be quite expensive so be sure the purchase price fits into the entire budget for the wedding. It can be easy to believe that a particular ring is the only choice when there may be similar styles that fit the budget better.

By learning about the 4 C’s, you can find the diamond engagement ring that is just right for you. The 4 C’s include carat weight, cut, color and clarity. The color and grade will affect the price of the ring with grades ranging from D to Z+.

The letter grading system for grading is very different from high school and you will want your diamond to be graded a D, E or F grade, since these are the most favored color choices. Any diamond that is graded with one of those letters means it is completely stunning!

Color charts can be found online or at jewelry stores which specialize in wedding rings. It is easy to become familiar with the characteristics of each grade and not be fooled into buying an inferior ring.

There are many people that prefer getting a ring that is a lower grade on the color chart but it is still beautiful. If you are on a budget, grades G, H, and I are very affordable rings and are lovely to look at even if they are a lower grade.

The clarity of a diamond ring is another important factor of consideration since this will describe the apparent flaws in the stone itself or if there are none apparent. The grading scale for this is different with the F grade being flawless.

This doesn’t mean a diamond is truly flawless but those flaws should not be evident to the naked eye or when viewed at the level of 10x magnification. Again, some of the grades just below F can be just fine but couples should be aware of how these grades differ from the F grade.

The term carat is often misunderstood, but it actually refers to the weight of the diamond engagement ring rather than the size. Two diamonds of the same size can weigh very differently.

Also, the value of a diamond engagement ring is tied to color and clarity as well as carat weight. They are a part of the total package and can’t be separated.

Moreover, how much a ring will cost will not be determined by only one factor. Usually, a larger diamond ring will get more attention than a smaller one, but if the clarity is better the smaller one may be worth more.

The cut of the diamond is the last factor that will come into play in determining its worth. This will highly depend on the skill of the diamond craftsmen cutting the stone. If you wish to better understand the cut, keep looking at other diamonds to learn.

Every facet, slope and slant makes up the cut of a diamond. One with a perfect cut will have 58 facets that make the light reflect brilliantly. If you compare the different diamonds around, you will gain a better feel for what you really want.

The perfectly cut diamond clearly stands out from the crowd, reflecting far more light and appearing brighter to the eye, often described as “brilliant.” It doesn’t take an experienced eye to notice the difference. Armed with knowledge about the four C’s -clarity, carat weight, cut and color- as well as an idea of the desired ring within a set budget, couples can feel confident about making the right choice when shopping for a diamond engagement ring.

For additional information, be sure to peruse this site on diamond engagement rings. If you’re sure you’ve found the right girl and you’re ready to buy a ring, check out the outstanding selection of engagement rings online on eBay, the world’s largest auction marketplace.

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