Choosing a diamond ring is often a great moment of emotionally charged happiness and sometimes a little pressure, nothing more normal: the price of a diamond is high and the stakes are always big!
For a man, preparing the surprise of offering an engagement ring to the woman of his dreams, often goes hand in hand with the stress of choosing the model that will please him. For a couple, choosing together the wedding rings of the future marriage is to find a harmony of style in both models. And when a woman offers herself a diamond ring to enrich her jewelry collection, it is almost never a purchase impulse but a thoughtful purchase.
The diamond symbolizes the timeless. We must not be deceived about the style or the quality, so that the ring can be worn with the same pleasure throughout a lifetime. How to buy a diamond and a ring with peace of mind?
We wanted in the article below that this choice is the most pleasant possible by giving you the keys to the methodology to adopt for the purchase of a diamond ring.
Define the quality of the diamond
In the choice of a diamond ring, the first important step is that of choosing the center diamond for two main reasons:
- This one gives shine to the jewel. The size and the fire of the stone are therefore essential parameters.
- It often represents around 80% of the price of the mount. To give it great importance is self-evident.
How to buy a diamond? Most diamond quality classification charts refer to the famous 4Cs (Carat, Cut, Clarity, Color). These 4 criteria determine the quality and the calculation of the price of a diamond. But which quality to choose? How important are each of these four criteria?
Below we have established the classification of the 4 main quality criteria of diamonds by degree of importance. This sorting is arbitrary, some may question the order chosen, but according to our experience, it is the most relevant and effective to facilitate your choice.
Weight is by far the most important criterion for everyone because it goes hand in hand with dimensions. A round diamond of one carat is about 6.3mm in diameter, a 0.50 carat round diamond is around 5.2mm. That said, it is true that a diameter of 6.3mm is not necessarily speaking, especially as a diamond, by its volume and brilliance, has a visual effect much larger than its simple diameter. It is therefore recommended to go to see diamonds in jewelry or see demo videos on the web to get a better idea. The choice of the carat weight should not be dictated simply by the budget you have, but also by your requirements in terms of quality, the size of the ring size for a ring or the bust for a pendant, and also by the style jewel desired: a closed ring set, rich in metal, requires a smaller diamond than a ring crimp claws, where the metal disappears to leave maximum diamond space.
The size (Cut)
The quality of the size is often neglected at first sight, because some make the mistake of believing that the diamond is necessarily brilliant. But the diamond shines only according to how it was carved by the man. Everything depends on the proportions and the symmetry of its facets. On this point, it is necessary to be of the trade to recognize the quality of size of a diamond. But certificates today are a big help. In fact, they give you a good idea of ??the size of a diamond by giving a note to each size criterion: the proportions, the symmetry, and the polishing of the facets. Ratings range from Fair to Excellent, Good and Very Good. We recommend that you choose only diamonds whose size is Very Good at least, Excellent at best.
Talking about the color of a diamond is a source of misunderstanding. There are colored diamonds and white diamonds. The first are classified by the intensity of their color (pink, yellow, champagne, black ...). The pink diamond for example goes from a very light pink to a bright pink. The more intense the color, the rarer the diamond, the more expensive and the more expensive. For white diamonds, the intensity of white is marked: the classification ranges from a perfectly colorless white (D) to a strongly yellow-tinted white (M). Fine jewelry uses D, E or F diamonds. The quality jewelery of F or G color diamonds. And most commercial jewelry a diamond color H, I or J in general.
The purity of a diamond is quite difficult to see with the naked eye. That said, the bigger the diamond, the more the impurities in the stone are easily seen. We recommend that you absolutely avoid purities classified SI3 or Stitched (P1, P2, P3, P4). In these categories, the stones are strongly marked by impurities, that is to say, inclusions, which are easily visible to the naked eye and which, by their large size, affect the brilliance of the stone. Some inclusions are even sources of weakening of the diamond. This is why it is better to choose a purity grade classified between IF (Internaly Flawless), internally pure, and SI1-SI2 (inclusion difficult to see with the naked eye but easily visible with the magnifying glass x10). For SI1 and SI2, the important thing is to choose an SI placed on the sides of the stone, which can sometimes be hidden under the claw of your ring.
Choose the metal: gold (white, yellow, pink) or platinum.
For a diamond, choose a noble metal: gold or platinum. The latter is the most noble of the precious metals. Gold is most commonly used for diamond frames. The natural color of gold is yellow, but with different alloys, gold can have different hues. The choice of the hue of this precious metal remains a matter of taste and fashion. For a long time yellow gold prevailed, but in recent years, white gold has dominated the market by far. More modern, it has won the hearts of ladies. More recently, pink gold has become very trendy. Fresh and feminine, rose gold is very suitable for more fanciful ring designs. Finally, black gold, although rarer, is also becoming fashionable. Some checkered black diamonds / white diamonds, and black gold / white gold, can be very pretty.
Yellow gold ring
Fine gold or pure 24 carat gold is yellow. But he is soft and unsuited to making jewelry. The 18-carat yellow gold or 750/000 or 75% of fine gold and 25% of alloys is the standard of quality French jewelry. It is identifiable by the official hallmark of the obligatory "eagle head" on jewelry from 3 grams.
White gold ring
White gold is a combination of 75% yellow fine gold and a majority of white metals (silver example) in the 25% alloy. The color of this alloy is a pale yellowish white. The white color is obtained by rhodium coating, in surface treatment. This layer wears and disappears over time, especially for rings because wearing them, they are necessarily subject to various shocks or friction, and the acids of sweat emitted by perspiration. The yellow gold can then reappear when worn. That's why we make all our palladium white gold rings instead of just rhodium-plated white gold. The addition of palladium (a metal of the same family as platinum) in white gold prevents wear yellowing. While rhodium-plating is only a surface treatment, palladium is added to the structure of the metal and gives it a long-lasting white appearance.
Rose gold ring
By varying the components of the alloy by 25% added to the 75% pure gold, we obtain other tones for gold. The addition of copper, for example, makes it possible to go towards tones of pink or red gold. The pink gold is more or less pronounced, from a pale pink to a very ocher pink.
Platinum is a metal that is denser than gold. The same jewel in gold and platinum will weigh heavier in platinum. Platinum is rarer than gold, and therefore more expensive. This is why palladium white gold is often preferred for a very close look. White (white gray more exactly), the platinum jewelery is 95% pure, it is called platinum 950/000.
Choose the style of the diamond ring: the frame pattern
The choice of style of your diamond ring is very personal. The models of mount are numerous. The most classic and timeless remains the solitary claw ring. Mainly made in our time with 4 claws, you can also find this model in 5 claws, for a more modern and offbeat style, and 6 claws, for an older and traditional style. The great advantage of the classic claw solitaire is that it enhances the value of the diamond. The presence of metal reduced to the maximum, the diamond takes the light on all its facets and shine a thousand lights. Another great classic, the diamond ring set closed certainly less value stone but gives an interesting volume effect for those looking to maximize the visual effect.
The opportunity to buy a diamond ring:
There are many opportunities to offer or afford a diamond ring. Long reserved for engagement and weddings, diamond rings are diversifying and crowning more and more of our great moments of life.
Considered as the tears of God in ancient times, diamonds are long worn by kings as a symbol of supreme power. The word "diamond" comes from the Greek Adamas meaning "invincible". It was not until 1477, when the Archduke Maximilian of Autrice offered a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, that the tradition of engagement rings began. Since then, offering a diamond ring has become the par excellence symbol of engagement. Commonly we offer a solitaire diamond ring to mark the uniqueness and rarity of love. A love, a brilliant. But more and more center diamond is also accompanied by surrounding diamonds and / or paving to give even more brilliance to the ring. Worn on the ring finger of the left hand, the ring is according to a belief inherited from the Egyptians directly connected to the heart via the vein of love.
Since ancient Rome, the ring symbolizes eternity by its simple geometric form without beginning or end. This form is needed very quickly as ideal for sealing weddings but it is only from the 18th century that alliances begin to be set with gemstones and / or precious stones. The diamond, par excellence symbol of rarity and purity, is quickly becoming the reference stone for adorning wedding rings. According to the tastes of each couple, the wedding rings are adorned with diamonds of different shapes: round brilliant cut in majority, but also diamonds of princess shape, emerald, oval, heart, baguette ...
Rings for Valentine's Day
More recent, Valentine's Day celebrates love and therefore love stories! As the poet Pierre Reverdy said, "There is no love, there is only evidence of love. And the diamond is the brightest. What a surprise and wonder for a woman to discover the evening of Valentine's Day, during a candlelit candlelit dinner, a case and slowly open it, to see inside, sparkle a thousand lights, a ring engagement. This evening was forever engraved in his memory as the most beautiful Valentine's Day of his life! And for all couples already married, Valentine's Day is an opportunity to offer a sparkling surprise of light and happiness, with a diamond ring or pendant.
Wedding anniversaries are the most common occasion to offer a new diamond ring. Often the husband decides for the 10 years of marriage, to transform the first wedding alliance into a new alliance with larger diamonds. Or the engagement ring, once adorned with a 0.30 carat diamond, and that the husband, more advanced professionally, today wants to turn into a ring set with a diamond of 0.50 carat for example. The birthday of 18 years is also an opportunity for a father to buy his daughter's first diamond, which it will crimp on a ring or also frequently on a pendant.
Diamond ring to wear everyday / during a party
Become financially independent and emancipated from men, women are more and more numerous today to indulge themselves and buy themselves diamond rings, preferring styles more fanciful than a solitary ring with claws generally already offered by the man on the day of the engagement. Morals have evolved, and the diamond always symbolizes eternal love, but its symbolism has expanded. Today a woman wants diamond jewelry because this material, the most noble of all, represents luxury and beauty par excellence. In addition, the great advantage of the diamond is that it is worn with all the outfits, making chic even the most casual outfits. Wear everyday or for a night, the diamond brings magic to every outfit and always illuminates the eyes of those who wear it and those who admire it.
Define the type of crimp
The crimping of a ring is a very important step in the manufacturing process which requires great know-how. The quality of crimping ensures first of all the safety of the good maintenance of each stone. But the finesse of the work of crimping also gives all the brilliance to the stones, especially for the pavings and entourages of small diamonds on the rings. There are different types of crimping: the center diamond is usually crimped or closed. Paving and surrounding diamonds can be crimped grain, micro-crimped, crimped down, crimped rail ... The important thing is to choose the type of crimp compared to the aesthetics of the ring. Depending on the shape and style of the ring, the crimper determines how to crimp the ring to both give the diamonds maximum brilliance and magnify the curves of the ring.
Set your budget
The budget of a diamond ring is very variable and depends on four main parameters:
- the price of the main diamond of the horse, calculated by weight, size, color and purity.
- the number and weight of paving diamonds and / or entourage.
- the weight of gold or platinum of the mount.
- the work so the price depends on the time to spend and therefore the complexity of the model to achieve.
If your budget is low, prefer solitary rings with a single diamond, without surrounds or tilings, light metal, and a simple style.
The advantage of buying your diamond ring at i-diamonds is to benefit from the competitive prices of online sales and direct access to diamond dealers. Established in Antwerp since 1888 (four generations) and in France since 1999, we have always given priority to customer service. The purchase of a high-value online diamond ring requires, in return, irreproachable service, information and explanations at all stages, from the first contact to the follow-up of the delivery and the good reception. We make every effort to find a unique ring to show your love regardless of your budget.