As far as engagement rings are concerned, one with a diamond has always been a traditional choice; since the sparkler represents eternity. Not only they allure both men and women alike but also look great on can did wedding photography.
There is no dearth of good diamond merchants selling exquisite pieces in Mumbai because of the presence of world’s largest diamond market – Bharat Diamond Bourse. Anyone can go extravagant if his balance sheet allows. However, most of the men out there wouldn’t want to burn a hole in their pocket. After all, they need to have a decent bank balance before embarking on the nuptial journey. Hence, if you are going to soon pop the question to your lady love, then you need to keep a few things in mind before purchasing a ring with the precious stone. Read on to know more:
Decide on your budget: Figure out how much you would like to spend on the engagement ring before you step into the jewelry store. Stick to it while searching for the perfect one. There is no point of getting into a debt only to show off. Rather, buy one which you can afford. However, do not compromise on quality and make sure that the piece is worth every bit of the money you spend. Your lady will also appreciate it.
The four Cs: While buying diamonds, always refer to the four C’s, i.e. carat, cut, color, and clarity. All these factors decide the price of the rock. The sparkle depends mainly on the cut of the diamond. Round is the shiniest (and hence costliest) cut. Then come princess, marquise, pear, oval cushion, emerald, asscher and radiant cuts. Go for the best cut grade (excellent or very good) that you can afford since the cut makes all the difference.
When it comes to clarity, choosing SI1 and SI2 makes sense since they have negligible impurities which are invisible to naked eyes. Simultaneously they are much cheaper than VVSI and VSI.
An ideal diamond is supposed to be colorless. However, a lot of them have mineral inclusions, resulting in a specific hue. The absolutely colorless rock belongs to ‘D’, whereas those under ‘K’ category are almost brown. Hence, choose one from ‘G’ or ‘H’. You will get an almost colorless sparkler at 30% less price than a ‘D’.
The carat or the weight of the stone is the most insignificant of the four. A small brilliant rock attracts more eyeballs than a huge but dull stone. Avoid 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1 or 1.5 carats since these tend to cost more. Instead, go for .62, .93 or 1.22 etc. carat sizes to save huge.
Go for custom made: Solitaires cost much less when bought separately instead in the form of a ring. You can choose the perfect stone based on the above guidelines and ask your jeweler to set it on a metal of your choice. This might need a couple of week’s time; hence, plan accordingly.
Metal matters: White, yellow and rose gold, as well as platinum are ideal metals for a ring on which a diamond sits. Choose gold over platinum to save big bucks.
When to buy: We understand that you may suddenly realize the need to pop the question and end up paying more without doing much research. However, if possible, take the advantage of discounts offered during festivals and Valentine’s Day. You will not be disappointed.
A lovely ring instantly ignites the romance between couples which gets captured perfectly by the wedding photographers’ lenses. The pictures look even more beautiful when those showcase the sparkler on the Mehendi laden hands of the bride. So, go ahead. Buy that piece of rock for your partner and see her sparkle like a diamond.