Monday, 6 November 2017

The lifelong commitment: Choosing your ideal wedding ring

Engagements and weddings are getting more and more popular at this time of year, with no weather guarantees through summer, couples are choosing the autumnal months and the festive seasons to exchange their vows.
Amongst choosing the venue, the flowers and the photographer, we might momentarily forget about the most important part of the wedding day – the rings.
It can be difficult to choose the ideal wedding ring, you want it to match with your engagement ring and be a perfect style for you. With so many different types of cut, colour, clarity and carat to choose from, it can be a daunting task before the big day arrives.
We have teamed up with Angelic Diamonds, specialists in solitaire engagement rings and advocates of beautiful jewellery, to provide you with some advice when choosing your wedding ring.

The sparkle of the diamond

The cut is the most important part of your ring’s diamond. 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.
A diamond may seem perfect if it has the clarity and colour grade that you are looking for – but without a suitable cut, it can still seem dull.
A diamond’s cut all depends on its light performance and the way that it sparkles. So, 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

When considering the perfect wedding ring, the colour of the diamond is important too. The colour of all the diamonds may look the same, but they are graded differently.
You can buy a diamond without colour on a budget too – chose a near-colourless diamond that is graded between G-H. After purchasing a ring with this grade, colour won’t be detectable to the naked eye – making your diamond look flawless on the day. Colour in diamonds appears as a pale yellow, so if this is evident anywhere in the ring you are thinking about buying, we would recommend avoiding it.

Clarity – the imperfections

The clarity of the diamond is very important, this refers to any imperfections in the diamond which are also known as inclusions. The less inclusions in the ring, the better the clarity, which means your wedding ring will shine bright no matter where you are.
Don’t fret too much over this, as small imperfections in the diamond are not easily seen by the naked eye or in photos. 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 weight of the diamond

Although many people believe that the carat is the size of the diamond, it is actually the weight. The cut of the diamond can change how large the carat weight appears. Ensure that you get a good balance of both so that your ring sits well on your finger but also provides you with the shine and sparkle to make heads turn.

Handy tips

As well as the four tips we have mentioned, there are more things to look out for when choosing your ring:
  • 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.

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