More than 500 years ago, when Archduke Maximillan of Austria presented Mary of Burgundy with a diamond ring to seal their wedding vows, the convention of the engagement ring was born. The magical mystique of diamonds though is a much older story, ruling our imagination and our hearts for centuries perpetuated through literature, legend and song.
Diamond the purest form of carbon, gets its name from the Greek work adamas, meaning unbreakable and untamed. A diamond is timeless, and although expensive, it’s priceless. Every woman dreams of owning one. But owning one or buying one is not an easy task.
You are paying for a fortune but you know so little about cuts, quality or variety. You have little idea about what you are paying for. Here are some tips on buying the best engagement ring for your beloved.
How To Buy An Engagement Ring
The precious stone becomes more valuable if it is totally colorless, because the absence of color allows light to shine through making diamonds emit more brilliance. The scale of colorlessness begins with category ‘D’ in diamonds and continues till category ‘Z’, which includes hints of yellow or brown.
Most diamonds have flaws such as air bubbles, cracks, chips and so on. A flawless diamond is very rare and very expensive. Jewelers grade diamonds from flawless or FL to VVS (Very very slightly included) to the Sis (slightly included) to Is (included). Hence, make sure to find out the grade and check the clarity of the diamond before purchasing it.
A diamond’s cut doesn’t refer to its shape but rather to how the stone is cut to enhance its brilliance. The most popular cut is the round brilliant cut. Diamond cuts are rated from excellent and very good to good and fair.
A better cut diamond will have more sparkle. Train yourself to recognize the sparkle to buy certified diamonds. Make sure the stone is not displayed on a dark cloth. It’s a trick to make it look brighter; judge it against a white background.
Diamonds are measured by a carat, a unit of mass equal to 200 mg. The bigger the diamond the costlier is the per carat price. A smaller diamond of higher quality is just as good a buy as a large one.
Certification is widely regarded as the fifth C in diamond buying. Ask your jeweler to show the diamonds certification, so that the diamonds cut, clarity and other features can be known, and you are sure about what you are buying. Institutes like Gemological Institute of India (GII) or Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grade and certify diamonds.
Maintaining The Engagement Ring
Here Are A Few Essential Tips On Maintaining The Expensive Engagement Ring
1. Diamonds are the hardest material, but do get damaged in daily use. It can chip on impact, so avoid wearing your diamond while doing hard work.
2. Avoid wearing your ring while washing, since bleaching liquids spot the stone.
3. Once a month clean your diamond ring by soaking it in a solution of ammonia and detergent or simply use a liquid soap and a soft brush to clean the diamond.
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