Wedding season is upon us, and that means diamonds. Whether it’s the engagement ring, wedding ring, or a sparkly anniversary gift, now is the time to start thinking jewelry. What girl doesn’t love something beautiful to show her how much she means to you? Whether she likes big expensive necklaces, or maybe something more modest like a small pair of diamond earrings, there is something for everyone in a jewelry store.
When buying diamonds there are things that you need to know. With today’s science diamonds can be simulated, lab created, or mined. Although nearly impossible to distinguish by the naked eye, there is a significant difference in value in the 3 categories. The Federal Trade Commission is having trouble with some sellers misrepresenting their wares, so make sure that you are not being scammed into paying more than your diamond is worth! Also, don’t forget the 4 C’s, cut, color, carat, and clarity that also determine the value.
Once you have found a reputable seller and decided on a type of jewelry, such as a ring, necklace, earrings, or bracelet, you will be shown dozens to choose from. The easiest way to narrow down the search is to know her style when it comes to the diamond shape. Most, if not all diamonds on the market fall into one of ten cut categories: round, princess, oval, marquise, pear, cushion, emerald, asscher, radiant, heart. These ten further fall into either round or fancy diamond shapes.
Round, oval, pear and heart cuts are names for the shape of the cut, and therefore easy to recognize even if you didn’t know before what they looked like. Marquise are longer than ovals, football shaped almost diamonds. Princess cuts are square, and cushion is square with rounded corners. Emerald and asscher cuts are very similar, they are rectangular diamonds with step-cuts. (Think cutting tiny stairs into the diamond.) Finally recognize a radiant cut diamond by it’s rectangular brilliant-cut facet pattern.
Round cut diamonds are the most popular. They account for about 75% of the diamonds sold. They are a good go-to if you don’t know her style, as they are generally better at reflecting light making them brighter than their equivalents in the other styles.
Princess are the most popular of the fancy shaped cuts, making them a good second choice when guessing a style. They tend to have a lower price-per-carat due to their shape, making them great if you need to save a little money. Also, due to their square shape the diameter is bigger on a princess cut than that of a round diamond of the same weight, giving it the illusion of a bigger stone.
Hopefully you remembered to get an idea of her style before you went shopping. But if not, these are two of the most popular diamond cuts, and therefore a good bet. If she likes more classic, simple but bright look you may want to lean towards round. If she likes the fancier style go with a princess cut. Whatever you choose, whatever type, style, cut, or color, make this year’s special moment perfect with a beautiful diamond gift.