Engagement Ring Buying Guide Part 1: The Perfect Diamond for Your Engagement Ring
You’ve gone from store to store looking for the perfect engagement ring and finding ones that are close but not close enough. The band is too thick, the setting is wrong or everything is right but the diamond shape. Now you can take everything you liked about the hundreds of rings you’ve seen and put them together to create the perfect engagement ring. That’s right, a customized diamond engagement ring.
How? Your answer starts with the star of the show—the diamond. The right size, shape and cut can be hard to find in your preferred setting but once you choose your diamond, all you need to do is put the design in place.
When it comes to customizing diamond engagement rings, the first and most important step is choosing your diamond, a step to which we devote this whole post.
The Pickier the Better
Diamonds are known for their sparkle and shine but the rarest of diamonds are nearly flawless and colorless. When it comes to choosing the perfect diamond, it’s best to have a picky eye; wholesale loose diamonds at The Diamond Broker are the affordable way to find your diamonds from a range of your choosing, mainly because you’ll have your choice of diamonds that are big and small to round or marquise and a variety of cuts and styles. We can supply any size, color or cut that you desire at true wholesale prices.
Things to Consider
The 4 C’s serve as your checklist when choosing a loose diamond for your diamond engagement ring. One of the questions to answer either before your search or narrow during your search is carat weight. What carat weight range should you choose? Unlike cut and color, carat weight has the greatest effect on a loose diamond’s price. Take into consideration the sizes your future fiancé prefers. If she is expecting a larger diamond but your price range won’t allow it, then consider styles that make the center diamond appear larger. We’ll have more on this in the next post…stay tuned!
Cut quality will also have a notable effect on price. This is something you should discuss with our experts at Diamond Broker. If you want a round brilliant diamond, go with a cut of ideal/excellent as it optimizes the diamond’s features and you truly get what you pay for. For fancy shape diamonds, cut is still important but not as crucial.
Clarity is important when it comes to choosing a loose diamond because it’s what the naked eye can see. It is due to this that you have some wiggle room with clarity. You may be better off choosing a diamond that has a lower clarity grade that is still clean to the naked eye and using the money saved here on a larger or higher color diamond.
Color refers more to the tint of a diamond than actual colors. Colored diamonds are called fancy diamonds and come in a rainbow of options, most often pink and yellow. The clearer a regular diamond, the better. The more yellow a non-fancy diamond, the more color it has which is not necessarily a good thing. If you are choosing a fancy diamond, know that these types of diamonds are best for those who like unique styles and antique. Although they aren’t as popular, fancy diamond engagement rings are donned by a variety of celebrities like Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood and Kristen Bell.
Tip: You should also consider GIA Certified Diamonds and AGS Certified Diamonds when searching for loose diamonds to ensure the diamond quality has been verified by a recognized source.
Now that you know carat size, it’s time to think about the shape of your diamond. If you’re in the dark about your fiancé’s preference, go with round. Round brilliant is the most common diamond shape and may even be more brilliant than other shapes.
The princess cut is another popular shape with sharp edges and corners; it’s essentially a square. If you’re on a tighter budget but still want the classic look of a round brilliant, go with the princess cut. Princess cut diamonds tend to have a slightly lower price-per-carat than round cut diamonds.
For a future fiancé who likes art deco, go with the emerald cut. This rectangular cut is named after the gem, emerald, as it takes after its shape. Because of the angle, size, and shape of the facets, the emerald cut shows less brilliance and fire than brilliant cut diamonds. This style is also great for those who have slender fingers as it complements their hands well.
Another unique shape is the pear cut, which is gaining in popularity, especially with fancy color diamonds. The teardrop shape has a round or oval shape on half the facet pattern, while the other half resembles a marquise with the sides tapering to a point. Also, The Pear shape is a modified Round Brilliant, yet it still features all 58 sparkling facets of the popular Round Brilliant. When sliding the ring on to your beloved’s finger, it might help to know that the pear cut diamond is most commonly worn with the tip of the diamond point toward the fingertips.
Regardless of the grade of diamond you seek or choose, The Diamond Broker is sure to deliver a diamond that has been intricately cut to maximize its brilliance. Start your loose diamond search and filter our selection according to shape, price, carat, color and clarity. From online to in store, our Diamond Broker loose diamond experts are here to help you every step of the way to find the perfect diamond.
Once you find your diamond or diamonds of choice, we can help you custom design your loose diamonds into most any setting and style. Brilliant diamonds, flawless to slightly flawed, are designed to sparkle. Our strict expectations match yours; our loose diamonds don’t hit the showcase until they are of a quality that sets them apart. Diamonds can be found at your local Diamond Broker store in Dallas. Come see us today!