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A Helpful Guide for Buying a Diamond Ring for Your Fiancée

If you’ve never been through the process of buying an engagement ring before, you’re bound to have many questions. Forsythe Jewelers recognizes the need to educate first-time shoppers at our Pittsford, NY jewelry store to help them avoid costly mistakes. The first item on your agenda should be setting an engagement ring budget that you feel comfortable working within before you visit us. This will give us a better idea of the diamond rings we have available in your price range, so we can present you with the best options and avoid setting you up for any disappointments.
There are four basic C’s you should keep in mind when browsing diamond rings at our store near Rochester, NY: cut, color, carats, and clarity. You’ll also want to brush up on the basics of diamond shapes and your best precious metal setting options for diamond rings. If you have any additional concerns about buying a diamond engagement ring after perusing our handy guide, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Forsythe Jewelers!

A Diamond’s Shape Often Dictates Its Style and Price

Did you know that diamonds come in more shapes than just round? Although round diamonds account for nearly three-fourths of all engagement rings sold, diamonds also come in oval, pear, and even heart shapes if you desire. Each diamond shape has a unique style to offer, though there are specific ones we may recommend to complement your choice of engagement ring setting. Whether you’ve discussed diamond styles with your fiancée ahead of time or you want to surprise them by making this choice on your own, our experienced jewelers are here to help. The other vital piece of information you’ll need is your partner’s ring size. If you’re not sure, don’t worry. We have quite a few tricks up our sleeves to help you figure this out without giving away the surprise of an impending proposal.

A Diamond’s Cut Influences How Much It Will Sparkle

A diamond’s cut influences its brilliance and how much it will sparkle in the light. A poor cut will make a diamond appear dull or lifeless, while a brilliant cut will make its craftsmanship stand out in any setting. While many people confuse a diamond’s shape with its cut, the cut grade measures how well your diamond’s facet arrangement reflects and interacts with the light. Proportions and symmetry are often crucial to a diamond’s cut. A diamond’s patterns of light and dark areas work to produce its overall sparkle. Certified gemologists measure a diamond’s brightness, fire (the scattering of white light into the rainbow spectrum), and scintillation (the amount of sparkle) when determining its cut. Most diamonds are ranked on a scale from 1-5, or Poor to Excellent, when it comes to their cut.

Most People Prefer a Colorless or White Diamond Color

While diamonds come in varying colors, most people generally prefer a diamond that is colorless or white. The highest-quality diamonds are said to be absolutely colorless because they’re among the rarest and most desirable. Diamonds of a lesser quality may have a pale yellow or brown color. Diamonds are ranked from “D” (colorless) to “Z” (light yellow or brown), although many certified gemologists classify all of the diamonds between “D” and “Z” as white diamonds even though they may have varying degrees of color. You’re not likely to find a true “D” diamond, but a “G” or “H” diamond makes an excellent value because it’s nearly colorless, especially to the untrained, naked eye. Some customers are also interested in diamonds that are naturally colored, as these are usually rarer and more valuable than white diamonds.

The Higher a Diamond’s Carat Weight, the Higher the Value

A diamond’s carat weight is used to measure the size of the diamond based on how much it weighs, which is among the most desirable qualities to many shoppers. Carats are divided into very precise measurements by jewelers. The higher a diamond’s carat weight, the higher its determined value, as larger diamonds are rarer and more desirable.

Diamond Clarity Measures Imperfections in the Gemstones

Clarity is probably the least important of the four C’s for your consideration. That’s because clarity doesn’t impact a diamond’s appearance as much as the other factors. Clarity grades are used by certified gemologists to grade a diamond’s imperfections. These imperfections may be internal (inclusions) or external (blemishes), though neither is usually discernible to the untrained eye. Many imperfections are invisible to the naked eye, though diamonds with really poor clarity cannot hide so many flaws. A diamond with poor clarity may not be as brilliant as one higher up on the scale.

Precious Metal Setting Options for Your Careful Consideration

Once you’ve made your diamond ring selections per the four C’s above, all that’s left is deciding on the precious metal setting. Platinum, gold, and silver make the most popular engagement ring setting choices. Among your gold options are white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold. If you’re looking for the least amount of ring maintenance, you can’t go wrong with a platinum setting. Platinum shouldn’t tarnish and is surprisingly resistant to corrosion. However, you may have to pay a platinum price for such durability. Gold makes a more affordable choice without sacrificing a stunning appearance. Yellow gold is suitable for everyday wear, while rose gold won’t require any additional maintenance. A word of caution about white gold: it will eventually need to be re-plated to maintain its silvery luster.

Let Us Customize an Engagement Ring to Express Your Love

While the majority of our customers are looking for diamond engagement rings, you should be aware there’s no right or wrong gemstone choice. Whether you prefer diamonds, rubies, or emeralds, our jewelers can customize an engagement ring design to suit any preference or budget. Contact us today to get started. Getting engaged is an exciting, albeit somewhat confusing, time in your life. We’d love to help you customize your ring, so you and your partner are satisfied with your choices for a lifetime!