@KaylaFromAR: Question # 2 – The Cs & Ss
When it comes to Diamonds… there are a lot of variables things to consider.
Starting with what type of Ring you are looking for (the most visual aspects)
STYLE (Solitaire – Halo etc) – SETTING (Metal – Prongs etc) – and SHAPE of the Diamond itself (Round – Princess)… altho this last one is also considered part of the CUT Category as well
There are the Traditional 4 Cs for Diamonds…
CARAT (Size) – CUT (Shape & Quality) – COLOUR – and CLARITY
And the modern Cs… CERTIFICATION – and CONFLICT FREE / CANADIAN
As well as COMFORT and COST
So as I said lots of variables. Diamonds are an expensive item, so everyone has to find their own personal balance of all these things.
Personally, I am far more interested in QUALITY over Quantity…
So for me CUT (Quality) – COLOUR – CLARITY – CERTIFICATION – and CANADIAN are far more important than Carat Size.
But a lot will be determined by your Budget… and what you actually see that you like when it comes to Diamonds / Rings
CUT is by far the most important element in my book… because it is the Quality of the Cut that makes a Diamond reflect light.
Personally COLOUR is huge to me… as I don’t like WHITE Diamonds… I like mine clear, not cloudy… (water like) virtually Colourless (D, E or F)… altho I am fine with Nearly Colourless for smaller Diamonds in a setting (so G or H… and I sometimes)
Some women prefer warmer Diamonds… with more of a “white” or “yellow tinge”… and some people just love what are known as Fancy Diamonds that have actual colour to them (Yellow, Pink, Blue, Amber / Chocolate, Black etc)
CLARITY is a big issue for many women as well. Altho I personally put it further down the list (behind CUT & COLOUR) because for the most part CLARITY isn’t visible to the naked eye… one needs a Jeweller’s Loup to see the imperfections*. As long as there aren’t any serious imperfections that affects the performance / wearibility of the Diamond (ie it could crack) then I am fine with going lesser quality here…
* I will only buy Jewellery in person… and when it comes to Diamonds this is even more important for me… and I must see them under a Jeweller’s Loup.
In the end what you choose is up to what you like (fall in love with) and what you can afford.
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Question # 3 – See info already provided in Answers to # 1 and # 2 above
Question # 4 – Rings Suitability
In truth, everyone’s hands are different. It is another body part… so just like a one size fits all solution isn’t possible for something like a Bathing Suit or a Pair of Jeans so it is with Jewellery / Rings.
You truly have to go out and TRY THINGS ON. See what it is you like / suits you.
You can go alone, with a Girlfriend, or with your guy. Take your time… there is no rush. There is nothing wrong with window shopping and trying stuff on (in the same way that you’d shop for clothes)
When it comes to Ring Styles… there are TONS of choices… not just Solitaires or 3 Stone Rings (altho they are certainly popular & nice). You have to try things on to find out what it is you like / suits you.
You don’t have to make a decision that very second when you go looking (altho Jewellers can be VERY AGRESSIVE and try to make you do so… this is because many operate on Commission… so they have their own interests in mind… not necessarily yours). Mr TTR & I took 6 weeks to find my ERing.
Do your homework… Reading & Research. This post is a great start. I suggest that you also look at a Website such as Blue Nile which as EXCELLENT Education Pages on Jewellery… cause as I said above… there is lots to learn / know so you can make an “informed” purchase.
And as Blue Nile is also an on-line retailer, you can use their Diamond Search option to see what is available at various price points when you change up the various variables (all the Cs)
Education Pages = http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-and-jewelry-education?track=NavDrawEdu
Hope this helps,