So you have decided to seal your commitment to your
beloved with a ring.
Now what? Let's go over the basics.
||First you will need to know the metal
that you will be using for the setting. Traditionally, platinum, white
gold, yellow gold and silver have been used. It is a good idea to know the
ring finger size if the fiancee will not be part of the selection process.
And, you must consider how much you would like to pay for this ring. For
many people a white diamond is what is given. So you should be familiar
with the 4 C's of the diamond: cut, color, clarity and carat weight.
These together will help determine the stone's
cost. Cut refers to the shape of the stone: round, pear, emerald, trillion,
asscher etc. Color refers to it's whiteness- with D being the whitest thru a
G, H is on the border heading towards I which has a slight yellowish tinge and
so on. Diamonds can come in many colors- a true yellow diamond is both very
rare and very expensive. Clarity refers to the flaws in the stone and can you
easily see them with the naked eye, or does it take some magnification to see
them. All natural stones have flaws. A VVS takes the most effort to find the
flaws while and I1, 2, or 3 will have easily visible charcoal, or other flaws.
The 1 carat diamond is very popular today- it weighs 100 points.
Ok. Now we have lots of information and what are you going
to do? Well, if money is no problem- just go to the store of your choice and
buy the biggest VVS, D color diamond in your choice of cut that your budget
Now, for the rest of you, my suggestion is to look at a
nice Si1 (eye clean) G color in slightly less than a 1 carat stone- say a 95
or 96 pointer in the shape that appeals to your intended.
What have I just said to you? I have just suggested that
you save money by buying a stone that looks just like it's more expensive
sister- the 1 carat but the difference is not visible to the naked eye! Also,
the clarity is good enough that most people will not be able to rate an Si1
from a VVS without the aid of a magnifier (few people carry these around to
check out a new engagement ring on someone's finger...)- so your wallet will
know, but most people won't. And G is still a good color white stone- you
would need to actually place it next to a higher color stone in a strong light
to see the difference. You also want to buy your ring with diamond
certification- either an EGL or GIA is the top industry standard. We check out
our competition all the time and I was once told by a sales clerk that "xxxx
buys so very many diamonds, that we couldn't possibly certify ALL of our
diamonds!" And that was for a ring that carried a $10,000 price tag. My advice
in that situation is to leave, quickly. You now have the basic information to
go to a jewelry store, pick out a stone and have it set in one of their
standard "custom" settings that are available pretty much everywhere-
sometimes given fancy names and much higher prices- but still that is what is
available at most jewelry stores. For most of you, this is going to be all
that you need to do.
For some of you, however, you might want a little
more personal touch in your choice of jewelry. For you, a custom jewelry
designer may be the right answer. Not only will you usually save money by
dealing directly with the jewelry designer who will actually create your ring,
but you will usually get a lot more value for the money that you spend. Most
jewelry designers deal directly with the diamond and stone dealers, so a lot
of the retail mark up is not added on to the final cost.
How do you know when you have found a real custom
jewelry designer? Easy. That person will be able to take out a sheet of white
paper and sketch a drawing that will look exactly like the finished product-
no squiggles, lines, dots, "wait til you see it later- it will look better" -
Too many places advertise that they are able to do custom jewelry- put them to
the test- you want to see it drawn in front of you.
Our design studio has designed and created a ring that
is two angel's wings holding up the diamond, an engagement ring with a heart
shaped center stone that matches the fiancee's eyes, a ring that has two
woodland fairies whose wings hold blue diamonds and whose crown holds the main
diamond- currently we are working on a ring that holds the birthstones of the
To find a jewelry designer, just goggle "custom jewelry
design" plus your town, towns, or nearby city. We are located in the northwest
suburbs of Chicago and are happy to answer any of your questions regarding