With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s going to be a lot of excited, new engaged couples out their searching for the perfect ring. Just a few tips you may like to take on board before you head off in enthusiasm and excitement.

You are going to be wearing the engagement ring all day every day, ideally for the rest of your life – and I honestly believe it should be something you absolutely love. The engagement ring represents your relationship and commitment to each other, and since you’re wearing it, it is also an extension of your personality and style.

Traditionally, the female is left out of the engagement ring shopping process but with the vast amount of selection and setting styles available, more couples opt to looks at rings together. It saves the guy much headache and painstaking decision-making and the girl gets to choose a ring that she loves! This is the new way of engagement ring shopping!

You have more input, he does less work – that looks like a win-win situation to me!

So remember the 5 C’s.

Certification

It is crucial when choosing a diamond to review the diamond certificate, referred to by diamond grading laboratories as a grading report.

Carat

Diamonds are always measured in carat weight. One carat is the equivalent of 1/5 of a gram. Additionally, there are “100” points in a carat, so that a .50 “point” diamond would be described as a half-carat.

Clarity

Almost every diamond will contain some blemishes, and inclusions formed during the course of its crystallization. The diamonds clarity grade refers to the visual impact of these characteristics or lack thereof, as viewed under 10X loupe magnification. There is a grading structure (GIA clarity grading scale) used to describe inclusions found within the diamond.

Colour

The “colour” of a diamond refers to the presence or absence of inherent coloration in a white diamond. The whiter the diamond is the greater its value since a colourless diamond will allow increased light to pass through it and will consequently emit a greater amount of fire and brilliance.

Cut

Cut is the most misunderstood and underestimated “C” of the five “C’s”. Cut is properly referred to as the “make” or quality of the way the diamond has been crafted. “Cut”, should never be confused with the “shape” of the diamond. The cut of the diamond is the only “C” that is entirely manipulated by the diamond cutter, and will determine the beauty and value of the diamond.

Happy shopping everyoneJ