A diamond wedding ring is simply the most precious piece of jewelry any girl will ever get. It’s not just that diamonds are girls’ best friends! But it’s also a gift of love from the man of your dreams. Almost every girl I know has fantasied about her wedding ring, waiting for the moment to make the fantasy come true. Here are some tips on how to pick your dream wedding ring and how to know which ring is The One for you!
Diamond stones 101
Diamond shape is the one of the main points you will need to consider. There are many different shapes of diamonds; Round, Cushion, Oval, Princess…, etc. The round diamonds are the most popular, with the highest percentage of sales all over the world. Some find it more special to opt for something less commonly selected such as Cushion shape or Princess Cut, or a romantic Heart shaped rock. It really doesn’t matter what shape you go for as long as you pick the one you love the most!
The 4 Cs
After the shape comes the 4 Cs! Those are the four main aspects on which you should decide your stone. Mixing your preferences in those aspects with the element of “Budget” will help you make the perfect selection!
The Four Cs are:
Diamond carat weight is the measurement of how much a diamond is worth. In other words; it is all about the stone size. A bigger stone is always more expensive because bigger diamonds are more rare to find, however two stones of the same size could differ a lot in price depending on their cut, color & clarity.
Diamonds have the ability to transmit light which makes them sparkle and glow. The symmetry of the cut and how it’s polished is what makes a diamond stone glow more than another. The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) which was established in 1931 and is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls has identified the cut grades as: Excellent, very good, good, fair, poor.
The diamond stone quality is also based on its color. You see the absence of color is a sign of a chemically pure and perfectly structured diamond. GIA diamond color grading scale starts from a colorless stone to a light yellow one.
Diamonds are the result of carbon being exposed to excessive heat and pressure deep inside the earth. Such exposure may produce different characteristics on each stone. Those characteristics are known as Inclusions & Blemishes. Those characteristics are measures to define the diamond’s level of clarity.
GIA scale of clarity starts with Flawless (FL)which indicates no inclusions and no blemishes visible under 10x magnification to Included (I1, I2, and I3)which means that inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification which may affect transparency and brilliance. For more info on GIA, you can visit their official website: www.gia.edu
Well! Now that we have learned all the basics of diamonds, let’s check some Cinderella-like diamond rings that celebrities got engaged with!
5 Most Expensive Celebrity Engagement Rings
Elizabeth Taylor engagement ring to Richard Burton
A huge 33 carat Asscher-cut Krupp diamond that is certified as the most chemically pure type of diamonds, with exceptional optical transparency. The ring estimated value is $8.8 Million.
Beyonce to Jay Z engagement ring
A flawless 18 carat octagon-cut diamond (certified as an exceptional, internally-clear and premium stone) that sits in a platinum split base. And the estimated value rises up to $5 Million.
Paris Hilton to Paris Latsis engagement ring
The super huge 24-carat rectangular stone guarded by two triangle-cut diamonds sitting in a white gold ring with value of $4.7 Million.
Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier III engagement ring
The legendary ring was a 10.47 carat Cartier emerald-cut stone flanked by two beautiful baguettes with the estimated value $4.06 Million.
Jennifer Lopez to Marc Anthony engagement ring
A stunning 8.5 carat diamond in the center that is considered the rarest and most valuable among all J. Lo’s collection. The ring’s value goes around $4 Million.