Buying a diamond engagement ring is one of the most important and emotional purchases you will ever make. The first thing you want to do is establish a budget. A starting point is usually 2-3 months of an annual salary. The classic engagement ring is composed of two parts, a diamond and a setting. For the best value, find the engagement ring setting she'll love then devote the remainder of your budget to a beautiful, certified diamond.
The two most popular metals used in engagement rings are 18k gold and platinum: The following provides a brief summary of the difference between the 2 metals. For enhanced security, all diamond engagement rings at DiamondWave are set with very strong and elegant platinum prongs.Platinum
DiamondWave features the most popular and beautiful engagement ring settings. The most popular is the elegant Solitaire Setting. The following provides key information about this setting:Solitaire Settings
The Solitaire Setting is DiamondWave's most popular engagement ring setting. The prongs position the center diamond to catch the most light and it is dazzling. In a prong-setting, the diamond is inserted into metal prongs that form a basket-like base. Then the ends of the prongs are bent over and shaped so that they rest against the crown, just past the stone's girdle holding the stone snugly in place. The four-prong setting shows more diamond while the six-prong setting offers a bit more security in anchoring the diamond. Click here to view our solitaire settings.
Prong Setting Advantages
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Evaluating Prong Settings
Another popular setting is one with diamonds or gemstones for additional sparkle or color. Channel settings protect sidestones from abrasions by keeping them flush. The bar-channel setting allows more light to enter the sidestones, and creates a scalloped edge of brilliance. View our engagement rings with sidestones.
This classic setting features 3 diamonds chosen by you for a truly unique, individual design. The 3 diamonds symbolize the past, present and future. The stunning diamonds are set in an elegant three-stone setting. View our three-stone setting.
Another popular setting is an engagement ring with a matching wedding band. If you'd like to wear your wedding on the same finger with your engagement ring, consider settings with wedding bands designed to match. View our settings with matching wedding bands.
The following are simple instructions for measuring the ring finger so you get the perfect fit.
|4 ½||1 7/8||47.8|
|6 ½||2 1/8||52.8|
|7 ½||2 1/4||55.3|
|8 ½||2 3/8||57.6|
|9 ½||2 1/2||60.3|
|10 ½||2 5/8||62.8|
|11 ½||2 3/4||65.3|
|12 ½||2 7/8||67.9|
An engagement diamond may be the most important purchase you've ever made. Our guide will provide the best information to help you select the best quality diamond and setting at an outstanding value.Selecting the Diamond Shape
Your first step is to find out what shape she likes. The majority of diamond engagement rings today are set with a round diamond. The majority of the remaining rings are usually set with princess-cut diamonds. Other shapes included oval, emerald, asscher, marquise, radiant, pear-shaped and heart-shaped diamonds. The chart below provides an excellent view of the various shapes available.
The most important physical properties to look for in a diamond are referred to as the "4C's" - Carat, Clarity, Color and Cut. The concept behind the 4C's is that all of these qualities work together to create the best diamond for you.
Carat refers to the weight of a diamond as expressed in carats. The word carat originated from the carob tree - the tiny seeds of this tree are well known for their uniformity and consistent weight. Traditionally, diamonds and gemstones were weighed against these seeds until the system was standardized, and one carat was fixed at 0.2 grams.
One carat is divided into 100 points. A diamond weighing one quarter of a carat can also be described as weighing 25 points or 0.25 carats or 1/4 carats. Points are generally not used to describe weights over one carat. The larger or more a diamond weighs, the more rare the stone is. For example, a 1 carat diamond is much more rare (and much more expensive) than two diamonds each weighing 1/2 carat. On average, 250 tons of ore must be mined and processed to produce a one carat diamond of gem quality.
Note: Carat is a measurement of weight, not size and so the overall diameter (mm) can differ slightly, either larger or smaller than listed in the chart above. Images are not to scale.Clarity
A diamond's clarity refers to how pure the diamond is internally in terms of being free of flaws. To determine a diamond's clarity, an expert views it under 10x magnification. The number of flaws found internally is called inclusions and external defects are called blemishes. Inclusions can be a result of mineral deposits, irregular crystals, flaws or cracks. Blemishes include scratches or nicks on the outside of the diamond. Blemishes and inclusions are normally not visible to the naked eye. A diamond that is flawless has no inclusions or blemishes and is extremely rare. Generally speaking, the less flaws a diamond has - the greater the value of the stone. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gem Society (AGS) both have created the following scale to grade the clarity of a diamonds.Color
Although diamonds appear to be clear and without color, most diamonds have hints of yellow or brown. When referring to a diamond's color, this generally means the internal color of a diamond. The GIA and AGS both have created the following system to color grade diamonds. The GIA's scale ranges from "D" to "Z" - from colorless to light yellow. The AGS's scale ranges from "0" to "10" - from colorless to fancy yellow.
A diamond without any color is considered to be very rare and the most valuable.Fancy Color Diamonds
Natural diamonds can also come in a variety of vivid color including yellow, pink, blue, green, red, orange and black. Fancy colors are evaluated in several ways. The first quality is the basic hue or color (the rarer the color, the greater the cost) of the diamond. The second is the stone's intensity (the richness or saturation of the color). The third is the purity of the color (is the color is bright and clear, or clouded). These color characteristics form the basis for determining a fancy colored diamond's worth. The more intense the color, the rarer and more expensive the diamond. For example, a fancy light yellow diamond costs less than a fancy vivid yellow diamond of equal size, shape and clarity.Cut
Cut refers to not only the shape of the diamond, but its proportions and finish, two key factors which determine the sparkle of the diamond. A diamond can only be cut by another diamond; therefore the cut is completely in the hands of skilled diamond cutter.
It's possible to have two equal polished diamonds, both having the same carat size, color and clarity, yet they may look completely different. How is this possible? There are many different shapes and facets in a diamond. The way a diamond is cut affects the stone's brilliance. A stone's brilliance is greatly determined by the arrangement of its facets.
To extract the greatest beauty from a diamond, light should enter a diamond and be dispersed as it bounces inside, thereby producing the different colors and sparkly effect, and returning as much light to the eye as possible.
The most popular cut today is the round brilliant, however, there are many different cuts that are available as well. Some of these include, princess, emerald, pear, marquise, and asscher.
As you can see, there are many important factors to delve into when shopping for the perfect diamond. Just remember, to look into all four C's when going to purchase a diamond!
The finest quality diamonds are accompanied by a diamond certificate (also called a diamond grading report) from a qualified, independent laboratory. This diamond grading report is your guarantee of the quality of your diamond's cut, color, clarity and size.
All loose diamonds at DiamondWave come accompanied by a diamond grading report from either GIA or AGS-- the most respected diamond grading labs in the industry.Jewelry Appraisal
All preset diamond jewelry from DiamondWave come with an appraisal, which can be sent to your insurance company to acquire coverage. Coverage can be purchased to ensure against loss, theft, or damage. Your insurance policy should provide for equal replacement of your diamond jewelry item which means that the replacement item should be equal value, quality and appearance to the one which was lost.45-Day Returns Policy
When purchasing something as valuable and important as an engagement ring, there should always be a no-questions-asked return policy. Before purchasing, make sure you can return the ring if you want to or need to for any reason. At DiamondWave, you'll receive a 45-day, no-questions-asked return policy-now that's purchasing with confidence.After You Order Your Ring
After selecting the diamond and setting, as well as learning about the company policies, you'll want to know what happens after you order your ring. With DiamondWave, your selected diamond and setting are carefully inspected by our Quality Coordinators and presented to a master craftsman who will meticulously set the and create your unique and beautiful diamond ring. Then, the finished engagement ring goes through 3 different quality control process that ensure that your engagement rings is perfectly set and ready for shipping. Finally an appraisal of your stunning diamond ring is created for you and we are ready to ship at no cost. Build Your Own Ring