Engagement rings are one of those things that have to be done right. However, price for many men can be a real issue when the time comes around to making that life changing decision. I came across some really useful info over at the wedding and engagement-ring specialist website – Vashi.com – the advice of which I think a lot of my male readers would be interested in!
What I found most interesting is the How To guides they have, in which they provide tips on how to buy great engagement rings without breaking the bank. Here’re the main tips you need to bear in mind, if you’re one of those thousands of men looking to take the dive!
“Under Size” Stones
The carat is the standard unit of weight for a diamond. One carat equals 0.2 grams and there are carat “magic weights” which once reached, signify a price increase. Those “magic weights” are:
· ¾ ct
· 1 ct
· 1.5 cts and
· 2 cts.
“Under size” stones weigh just below a “magic weight”. These stones don’t look smaller than magic weight stones, but they can cost 30% cheaper than the price of the nearest magic weight stone. For instance, if you wished to buy a one carat stone, you could instead buy a 0.95 carat diamond. It’d cost you a fraction of the price but you wouldn’t notice the visual difference.
Diamond carat weights – size guide
White Gold vs. Platinum
Yellow gold is now making a comeback thanks to vintage fashion trends in jewellery, however white metals are still often the first choice given our modern day fashions.
So if you’re going down the white-metal route, what are your options?
The answer may well be white gold. Platinum is a much more resistant metal, however it doesn’t look considerably different from white gold. In addition, if your bride-to-be wears a ring on the finger next to the one with the engagement ring and the ring she already wears isn’t made of platinum, a platinum engagement ring could potentially scratch it. Therefore white gold may well be the better option and also a less costlier one too.
Choosing the Right Clarity
The clarity of a diamond refers to the imperfections and inclusions of a stone, both internally and externally. These can be little air bubbles or elements that can get trapped inside the diamond. In most cases, inclusions can only be seen using a 10x magnifying glass.
The clarity of a diamond can make a great difference to the price of the stone. The clarity grades are:
Once the diamond has been set in a ring, few people will study the stone with a magnifying glass. In addition, depending on where the blemish is located, the setting could cover it. Flawless diamonds are extremely rare and consequently their price is much higher, therefore diamonds with a few inclusions (SI1 or SI2) might be the right option if you’re on a budget and not looking for a massively large stone.
The colour grade refers to how colourless or ‘white’ diamonds are. Here are a few images showing what the colour grades look like:
The less colour or ‘whiter’ a diamond is, the rarer and more expensive it is. Only experts would be able to tell the difference in colour between diamonds grading from D to G if they compare them next to each other. Because of this, it’s recommended to buy diamonds graded G or H, if you’re looking to get the most diamond for your money! I hope you've enjoyed this engagement post and that it helps you in the future!