12 Tips For An Engagement Ring with The Most Sparkle
TIP 1: Set a budget that works for you.
- Understanding the 4Cs is key to getting the most sparkle for your budget. And if you feel overwhelmed, you can always chat, call or email our diamond and jewelry experts. They’re pros at separating fact from fiction and walking you through every consideration.
- A well-cut diamond reflects maximum light—sparkle you can see across a room.
- To appreciate color you need to get closer, roughly three to six feet away.
- The highest clarity grades are only noticeable from a distance of six to eight inches.
TIP 4: Prioritize cut.
- We offer four cut grades: Good, Very Good, Ideal and Astor Ideal.
- 67% of our customers choose an ideal cut for maximum sparkle.
- A poor cut (too shallow or too deep) can make a flawless diamond appear dull.
- Diamonds can have internal flaws and/or external flaws.
- The clarity grading scale runs from SI2-SI1 (slightly included) to FL (flawless).
- A good place to start your search and maximize your budget is with SI2 and SI1 grades.
- Weight affects clarity — if your diamond is under two carats, go with VS2.
- For a great value and quality, start your search with a G or H grade (near colorless).
- Different precious metals will affect the way your diamond’s color is perceived. Choose settings with this in mind.
- Carat is about weight, not size.
- Prices increase exponentially as carat weight goes up.
- A good place to start your search is with VS2 (very slightly included).
- Carat weight is relative to finger size, setting size and diamond shape. Sometimes, smaller carat weights are the right choice.
- There are 9 fancy shapes: princess, emerald, asscher, cushion, marquise, radiant, oval, pear and heart.
- Why are rounds more expensive? It’s complicated, but in essence it comes down to the established cutting standards. Round diamonds are the only shape with GIA-designated cut parameters. There are exacting standards for fancies, too, but these were determined by our own master craftspeople rather than the GIA.
- The visual difference between a .9 and 1.0 carat is slight.
- We offer a selection at non-traditional breakpoints—far more than you’d be able to find at a small, independent jeweler.
- The finest quality natural diamonds are always independently certified.
- Make sure your diamond comes with a grading report from the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).