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5 Must Know Steps When Buying an Engagement Ring

5 Must Know Steps When Buying an Engagement Ring

Engagement ring with large main stone with small diamonds in band

Step 1:

Choosing the design

… The ring itself

Shopping for your engagement ring you’ll discover countless ring designs. In most cases to start are the Pavé design, Halo design, Trilogy Design or the timeless Solitaire design. These are all traditional choices. (Good start to begin gaining inspiration from)

From friends engagement rings to engagement rings you see on instagram…take notes! Then efficiently arriving at store you can enjoy trying on, with no obligation, stunning designs to be inspired by!

Going a little more in depth for a moment, you’ll also need to know (or just have an idea around) these type of questions:

– Which type of claws do I like?
– Shall I have the shank tapered or not tapered?
– Head designs?
– Is it wed fit?

(There are many detailed components that also goes into a design, dont worry too much as more answers and descriptions will be shared when you start to visit the jewellery store)

Fun-ish fact: Approximately 81% of our customers who have loved engagement ring designs, in particular on social media, over the internet or in a store window later realize, after attending our Hatton garden store in London, decide to change their minds from their once beloved design. Why? Not everyone realises that it’s an illusion, the perspective from seeing to trying, can differentiate from one another. It’s important to understand this and keep your mind open to all the possibilities.

It’s the finer details we all care most about.

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<h2″>Step 2:

Choosing the diamond Cut

… which shape..

This is one of the 4 C’s that represents the shape of a diamond/coloured stone. So in this step, we are going to focus on the first C, the Cut.

Choosing the diamond cut can be effortless for a lot of people, this can be due to having a favourite shape like the Round Brilliant, Princess Cut, Pear Shape, Oval or the Emerald Cut. Each have their own characteristics, own style and story. Let me tell you a couple of facts that are a great help to know:

1) The Round Brilliant diamond is the sparkliest stone, then after comes the Princess cut. This is because of the amount of facets and an ideal cut that makes the stone reflect the light perfectly back.
2) The Oval Cut diamond/colour stone is commonly used for people with elongated fingers. This is the ideal stone (next the Emerald cut) that gives a good symmetry to the hand it is on.
Having a browse online everywhere in your own time is a great start to discover your favourite preferences because it saves time and the headache when you search answers but, it does not defeat the chance that trying on, can change everything.

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Large Round Cut Diamond Looking From The Top
Side On View Of Rose Gold Diamond Ring

Step 3:

Choosing the right metal

Deciding on the metal we consider the easiest choice in comparison (that is as soon as you hear the comparisons). The metals you would need to consider are Platinum, Palladium, Rosé gold, white gold and yellow gold.

Each have different practicalities & qualities that need to be noted. Typical questions to think about are;

Which colour suits my design and skin?  The three colours to go by are White, Yellow and Rose. When in store, get the jeweller working! Try on different metals to evaluate your preferences. (this if you don’t really wear jewellery at all & not have a clue)

Which metal is strongest to secure a stone(s) for a practical person ?  Platinum is the most durable becauses of its density.

Which metal is considered the favourite? For centuries, gold was the merit of all engagement rings. On the other hand, considering now having platinum to be the most durable, allergy friendly, will never discolor or tarnish (Gold will eventually tarnish due to the alloys in the metall) and also its the purest. Gold is a timeless metal to be used but with practicality, Platinum takes the lead.

Can I mix the metals?  Yes, different metals can be bonded together to make a beautiful balance between all the colours involved. (Note: Having a platinum head can make the claws be invisible and make the diamond stand out more. In comparison for example, yellow claws for a white diamond makes the claws very visible but does give it character to the whole piece.)

Remember: Be sure to have your piece hallmarked so it becomes officially the metal the jeweller says it is, its for your own guarantee. Though, pieces of real genuine jewellery across the world doesn’t always have a hallmark to show its legitimacy due governing body regulations. Other icons that (following the image above) are stamped, refer to the metal, purity & where it was Hallmarked.

Step 4:

Choosing the Band

I’ll start by writing that the band that goes round your finger is another word for the shank.

This is really a continuation from the first paragraph from step 1. We don’t want to confuse you too much that’s why we intend to separate the information so that you can comprehend in a more fitting approach. The band has many different styles that we would like to be sure you know of, so that we get your creative side activated!

So! Let’s get started and check out each style:

  • Pavé – There are several similar, yet diverse styles that follow under the Pavé setting:
  • Channel Set
  • Grain Set
  • Claw Set

Then other styles like:

  • Split
  • Twist
  • Tapered

REMEMBER – Twirl, Split and Twist can of course be plain or with diamonds set.

6 Different Diamond Setting Examples
Red, Green & Blue Gemstone Examples

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Step 5:

Choosing the centre stone…diamond or colour stone?

First things first! The 4 C’s! At the time of your research, if you haven’t already, learn the 4C’s!

By this point you have probably have already chosen your stone, even after realising which cut you love.

But just in case!…Choosing between a Diamond, Gemstone or even a precious colour stone is not always a difficult decision, as everyone has their favourite colour or just know from being a teenager that a diamond is what they wanted as an engagement ring. Same reasons or not, here is a few little points to consider choosing your stone in relation to your design:

A Diamond:

-The quality

– Premium price jump?

– Size?

– Is the diamond set too low to be a wed fit design?

A Colour stone:

– Precious stones – Rubies, Green Emeralds and Sapphires

– Semi precious stones – e.g Aquamarines, amethyst

(These questions and information will help open doors to more when your shopping for your engagement ring)

Enquires or corrections. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or phone and will be overly happy to help! Thank you so much for reading and we hope you learnt something today. Happy shopping!

– Flawless Fine Jewellery

Popular Halo Engagement Rings

Popular Halo Engagement Rings made in Hatton Garden

   17th july 2019

here are the most popular halo Engagement we have made here in our hatton garden workshop.

Most Popular Halo Engagement Rings

Halo Engagement Rings made in Hatton Garden

Adding a Halo to the stunning design is also a popular choice

Round Brilliant is the industries favourite and well loved diamond. Being of course the diamond that sparkles the most. That said, this design has flourished for the past year, gaining more attention than any other tradition design where . This is due to its creative cocktail mix. Creating the best of both worlds choices, housing the peoples favourite diamond.

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Common Diamond Buying Mistakes

Common Diamond Buying Mistakes

COMMON DIAMOND BUYING MISTAKES

Buying a diamond ring, particularly a diamond engagement ring, can be one of the larger purchases a person makes in their life. It’s important to do your research to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to get the best diamond for your money, and there are a lot of ways you can go wrong if you aren’t careful.

This short diamond buying guide will go over some of the most common mistakes consumers make to help you make the best decision you can.

Don’t Disregard the Cut of a Diamond

There’s a reason diamond cut is the first of the “four Cs” — cut, clarity, colour, and carat — that define the aesthetics of a diamond. The cut or the geometry of the faces cut into the diamond, are what cause the stone to catch the light and give it its sparkle and fire. A well-cut diamond will appear absolutely radiant, almost regardless of the diamond colour and clarity.

When considering what to look for in a diamond, many jewelers will sell stones based primarily on diamond clarity and colour, but be sure to ask them about the cut. A diamond with a high grade for clarity and colour that’s cut poorly will never look as good as a lower-grade diamond that’s cut well. It’s important to remember that diamond cutters are craftsman, and like any craft, you have people that are highly skilled, many that are good, and some that don’t know what they’re doing. So don’t ignore the cut!

Don’t Assume All Graded Diamonds Are the Same

Another diamond buying mistake people make is to assume that all diamonds of a given grade are the same. Diamond grades are based on certain measurable visual characteristics, but the four Cs can interact with each other, changing the overall look of a diamond. This means diamonds of the same grade can look very different from one another.

It’s a mistake to assume that everything you need to know about a diamond can be found on its certificate. Two diamonds with the same certification can appear very different to the eye. This is why it’s always recommended that buyers view their diamonds in person before purchasing.

Don’t Assume All Graded Diamonds Are the Same

Another diamond buying mistake people make is to assume that all diamonds of a given grade are the same. Diamond grades are based on certain measurable visual characteristics, but the four Cs can interact with each other, changing the overall look of a diamond. This means diamonds of the same grade can look very different from one another.

It’s a mistake to assume that everything you need to know about a diamond can be found on its certificate. Two diamonds with the same certification can appear very different to the eye. This is why it’s always recommended that buyers view their diamonds in person before purchasing.

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Don’t Waste Time Looking for a Bargain

Diamonds are a valuable commodity, and their prices are set by a central authority, so there’s very little wiggle room. The prices for all reputable dealers will be within a fairly narrow range for diamonds of a given cut, clarity, colour and carat weight. Therefore trying to shop around for a great deal is a waste of time and is, in fact, something you want to avoid. If a diamond dealer is offering deep discounts, this is a red flag that the dealer’s diamonds aren’t what they seem.

Also, don’t assume that you can negotiate with your jeweler to bring the price of your diamond down. Your jeweler’s costs are fixed. If they’re going to lower the price, they will likely have to cut quality somewhere. With diamonds, you get what you pay for. Arguing down the price will simply lower the quality of your final purchase.

Don’t Expect All Jewelers to Be Diamond Experts

Jewelers sell jewelry. They don’t necessarily create it themselves, and they aren’t necessarily experts, about jewelry or about diamonds in particular. When shopping for a diamond engagement ring or other diamond jewelry, make sure you’re dealing with a trained expert. Ask about their credentials. A GIA graduate will have the training necessary to answer any questions you may have and give you accurate information on diamonds.

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Don’t Choose the Wrong Engagement Ring Style

It’s important that the band and setting you choose for your diamond works harmoniously with the stone you’ve chosen. The style, size, and proportion of the ring need to match the diamond and the cut, or the final ring won’t be as stunning as it might otherwise be.

Highly-trained jewelers, like those here at Flawless Fine Jewelry, are experts at matching stones with a setting and style to bring the best out in every facet of your final ring.

Don’t Rush — Take Your Time

Above all, don’t be in a hurry to get your diamond purchase finished. Make sure you consult with experts, look at different diamond cuts, get educated on what the different grades of diamond mean. Go and look at the diamonds you’re interested in. If you’re buying online, make sure you’re using a reputable dealer, and be certain their experts have inspected the diamonds they’re selling. Take the time to find the right setting for the diamond you’ve chosen. You or the person you’re buying for will be wearing this diamond jewelry for years to come. Don’t make the mistake of rushing into a purchase. Taking the time to find the right diamond is worth the investment.

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