Diamond ring shopping – What you need to know

Shopping for a diamond can be a daunting task, especially if you do not know much about diamonds and their grading.

Never fear for your help is near.

The first thing to know about diamond shopping is that Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has a unique style and preference. Although there are expensive diamonds and cheaper diamonds, there is no such thing as an ugly diamond or a pretty diamond; only a diamond that is less to your liking or more to your liking.
Diamond ‘gurus’ on the internet may be able to give you a professional opinion however they are not the ones buying the diamond or wearing it. You are! And thus, it is important that you like the diamond you are buying. When comparing diamonds or diamond engagement rings for sale, always ask yourself: “is the visual difference worth the monetary difference?” if the answer is yes, then go for it! If the answer is no, then you have an answer as to whether you really like it or not.

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Expanding on the first point is that not all budgets fit all diamonds. Just as you follow a budget when buying furniture or even a vehicle, it is important to keep your budget in mind. Some diamonds are absolute bargains because their visuals stellar compared to their specifications.
Even if a diamond is on a sale and you are ‘saving’ thousands, remember that YOU must still pay for it, regardless of what the price was before. This is a common trick to make people think they are missing out if they do not buy the diamond immediately. Another snare to avoid is a year-round sale. If you think of it, a year-round sale isn’t a sale at all, it is just an inflated price that was ‘marked down’ to the normal price under the word ‘sale’.

The second point is about the ring structure. Make sure that the design you choose is practical and fits your lifestyle. Having a very flashy ring that gets in your way at work or at home eventually become a nuisance instead of a symbol of love. Your Designer will be able to help you with making any design more practical and sturdier.

The Third point of discussion leads us to ‘micro-setting’. Micro setting refers to the minute diamonds in a halo of a ring or on the side bands. Micro setting really does make the ring sparkle more and give off a better lustre, but there are a few things to consider. Once again price comes into play. If adding the extra diamonds and labour does not fit within you budget, consider mill grain which is basically little balls on the metal which give the illusion of diamonds.
A micro setting cannot be guaranteed to stay in place, as a slight bum might loosen any amount of the diamonds. If you suspect a diamond is loose, rather take it to the jeweller to check if everything is still in order. 

When you find yourself shopping for a diamond ring, take the above into account and you are sure to save yourself a few hassles.

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