He’s already popped the question (and the engagement ring is fab!) but next up is the big day and you need another piece of jewellery on your hand…
It can be difficult to choose a wedding ring when you’re not sure what you’re after. There are so many different types of cut, colour, clarity and carat to choose from, it can be a daunting task before the big day arrives. Angelic Diamonds, specialist retailers in bespoke wedding rings, have provides some need-to-knows when it comes to choosing a ring that looks perfect on your finger.
The cut of the diamond
Arguably, the cut of the diamond is the most important part of the ring. This is because the cut has the greatest influence on the diamond’s sparkle, meaning the better the cut, the more the diamond will sparkle on your wedding day.
Always bear in mind that despite an ideal clarity and colour grade, the diamond can still look dull. The only thing that keeps a diamond from looking dull is its cut.
The diamond’s cut can determine how brightly it sparkles. The perfect ring with an ideal diamond cut will not be too shallow or too deep, and it will allow light to pass through it so that it reflects evenly throughout the diamond.
The colour of the diamond
Out of the four things to look for in a wedding ring, this is considered to be second most important. The eye detects sparkle from the diamond cut first, and then detects the colour of the diamond second.
If you’re shopping on a budget, choose a near-colourless diamond with a grade between G and H. Colour will not be detected by the naked eye, which will make you and your diamond look perfect on the day, and in the photos. Colour in diamonds appears as a pale yellow, so if this is evident anywhere in the ring you are thinking about buying, so potentially avoid it.
The clarity of the diamond
The meaning behind the clarity of a diamond is a measure of the small imperfections that are within a diamond (also known as inclusions). The fewer inclusions in the ring, the better the clarity, which means your wedding ring will shine bright no matter where you are.
It’s unlikely that the inclusions of a ring will be highly noticeable by the naked eye. By purchasing an SI (slightly included) quality diamond, you’re able to buy something visually stunning, without having to pay the cost of a diamond that contains no inclusions and no imperfections.
The carat of the diamond
The carat of the diamond refers to how heavy the diamond is. Many believe that it refers to the diamond’s size, and not its weight, this isn’t the case – so try to keep this in mind when choosing your ideal ring for the wedding. The cut of the diamond will change how large the carat weight appears, so it’s important to get a good balance of both so that your ring sits well on the finger, but also provides you with the shine and brilliance you need to make heads turn on your wedding day.
Top tips to remember
To choose that perfect wedding ring, keep the following tips in mind:
· If carat weight is important to you, consider a diamond with a good cut, with an SI1-SI2 clarity and an I or J colour grade.
· Keep in mind that based on the size of your finger, the larger the diamond will appear.
· Not all ring fittings will fit all diamond carats and shapes, so it’s important to consider what type of diamond shape you’d like before choosing its design.