Buying wedding rings can be a nerve racking experience, especially when you have to depend on the knowledge of someone else. There are so many diamond wedding rings to choose from; how will you ever know what is quality and what is just pretty? Remember the four C’s when you’re shopping for that special ring.
First, consider the clarity of the diamond when shopping for wedding or anniversary rings. Not many diamonds are truly flawless but generally a person would need a microscope to see any inclusions inside or blemishes outside. The clarity is based on the imperfections of the diamond, including the size, position, color, number and nature of the flaws. Most jewelers will recommend for your diamond wedding set that you consider what is called and “eye-clean” stone. There may be a blemish or inclusion in the wedding ring set but no one other than you and your jeweler will know.
Cut is the second C and generally the most important. When wading through all the diamond wedding or anniversary rings available be sure to consider the cut (not the shape) of the diamonds. The cut and facets are what gives the diamond its sparkle. You want an “ideal” cut for trapping light and giving that ring the most beautiful sparkle. If the cut is too shallow or too deep, the light seeps out giving the diamond a dark center or a watery look.
The third C is color. Diamond wedding rings are not always made of “clear” diamonds. It is a misconception that all diamonds are colorless. Diamonds actually come in every color in the spectrum but those are a small, exotic percentage of the diamond world. The diamonds we are used to seeing range from colorless to a light yellow tint. Truly colorless diamonds, with proper cut, allow the light to pass through like a prism. This is a called a “fire” diamond and is the finest diamond you can find.
When considering diamond wedding rings, the fourth C is Carat. Often the carat of a stone is mistaken for size when it is actually the weight. Diamonds weighing the same carat can be different sizes. Make sure that the size of the diamond you buy is within the dimensions for that carat weight. Smaller diamonds of equal carat weight are of lesser value.
Choosing the type of metal for wedding or anniversary rings is much simpler than choosing the diamonds. There are three recommended metals for diamond wedding rings. The most commonly used is 14 karat gold, white or yellow. It is the least expensive of the three. Second is 18 karat gold, which is a bit more expensive but the percentage of gold is higher. Third is platinum, which the most pure metal of the three and the most expensive for wedding or anniversary rings. Remember the four C’s and don’t be afraid to ask specific questions when looking at wedding rings. She will wear this ring for the rest of her life. She deserves the best.