For many of us, picking a Diamond engagement ring is a new experience and something we tend to only really want to do once. There can be so much to take in when making your final choice but with the right information and tools at hand, it doesn't have to become stressful or overwhelming. Here at Nettletons we go out of our way to make this experience comfortable and enjoyable by providing you with all the information you need... and a friendly customer service to boot.
Picking your engagement ring is one of the biggest decisions you will make over the coming years, and as it’s something you’ll want to wear on a daily basis for the rest of your life, you’ll want to be sure you get it right.
There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing your diamond engagement ring, including style, size, clarity, cut, carat, diamond colour, certification, after-care and insurance. We are going to focus firstly on the cut and carat of a diamond.
What is Diamond Carat?
The size of a diamond is measured in carat weight. One carat is divided into 100 points, so that a diamond of 75 points weighs 0.75 of a carat. It is important not to confuse carat with size. Two diamonds of equal size can have very different values. Bigger does not always mean better as far as diamonds are concerned as diamonds of high quality can be found in all size ranges. However, one diamond of 1.0 carat is usually worth more than two diamonds of 0.50ct. Diamond price increases with diamond carat weight, due to the obvious reason that larger diamonds are more rare and desirable. However, two diamonds of equal carat weight can have different values, depending on the other 3C’s: clarity, cut and colour.
What is Diamond Cut?
The cut of a diamond describes the symmetry, proportions and finish of a polished diamond. Diamond cut is not to be confused with the shape of the stone, but rather refers to the quality of workmanship and angles that reflect the maximum amount of light to create the best sparkle and inherent beauty of the diamond in your engagement ring. Diamond cutting is a true art and science as it transforms a rough mined stoned into a finished, polished, beautiful diamond. When a diamond is cut in the ideal proportions, light is refracted internally from one facet to another before being dispersed through the top of the stone set in your diamond engagement ring.
Popular Diamond Engagement Ring Cuts
There are various shapes of diamond cuts for engagement rings, including: round, marquise, pear, emerald, oval, heart and princess diamonds. The choice of which diamond cut you chose is a personal preference and we have variations of diamond cuts available across our range, including round cuts, square/rectangle cuts and fancy cuts.
Now that you know more about the carat and cut of a diamond, you’re better equipped to make an informed decision when it comes to choosing a diamond engagement ring for yourself or your partner, something that you can cherish for life.
For more information on our diamond engagement ring ranges get in touch with our expert team of gemmologists today.