ESSENTIALS: CHOOSING YOUR DIAMOND
Diamonds are the key stone of any engagement ring. They are beautiful, natural, durable and provide an enduring appeal that will last for generations to come. At Queensmith, we will always provide you with the advice you need, because we know that having all the information to hand will help you to weigh up your options and make the right choice for you.
We encourage customers to aim for a good combination of size and quality, and can show you a variety of options in your price range. We will also provide you with independent grading certificates from the GIA for all of our diamonds, so you can be safe in the knowledge that what you are buying is correctly accredited, guaranteed and traceable.
When you are choosing the diamond for your engagement ring, it is important to pick the right one. The main elements to consider are the shape, the size and the Four Cs of quality - clarity, cut, colour and carat. We have put together a simple guide to outline these criteria, and help you to make an informed decision.
DIAMOND CHOICES: THE SHAPE
Over three quarters of all diamond engagement rings, feature round brilliant diamonds. They are extremely popular, due largely to their intense fire and brilliance. The reflection and refraction of light is maximised in this cut, and as such they are one of the most dazzling and sparkling of shapes. Round diamonds are versatile, flattering and timeless, so they are also a good choice if you are uncertain of what your fiancée might like.
Alternatively, you might like to try a fancy-shaped diamond. Not only are these a distinctive and interesting choice, they are also considerably cheaper – around 40% cheaper on average.
If you are in awe of the fantastic brilliance provided by round cuts, you might want to look at a princess, cushion or radiant cuts. Princess-cut diamonds are similarly proportioned to round cuts, but are crafted into a square shape that gives them a modern edge that looks beautiful in a striking setting. Cushion-cut diamonds are a little more traditional, with their trademark softened edges – they are a nice choice if you are thinking about a vintage style. Finally, radiant diamonds combine the chic rectangle shape of an emerald cut with the multi-faceted sparkle of a round diamond.
For an elegant, dramatic look, asscher- and emerald-cut diamonds are the best choice. These step-cut diamonds might not have the brilliance of some other cuts, but instead they give out a refined, mirror-like shine from their large polished facets.
If you really want something a bit different, look at oval, marquise or pear cuts. These diamond cuts make the most of a stone’s size, and also flatter the hand. Think about one of these, or even a romantic heart-shaped stone, if your bride-to-be likes to make a statement.