Aside from your dress, flowers, table decorations and everything else, you need a wedding ring! It’s often the first thing people ask to see after the big day and you want to impress.
It can be a difficult task to choose the perfect ring, especially when you’ve no idea what you want. There are so many different types of cut, colour, clarity and carat to choose from, it can be a daunting task before the big day arrives. Together with Angelic Diamonds, specialist retailers in solitaire engagement rings, we provide you with the definitive need-to-knows when it comes to choosing a ring that looks perfect on your finger.
Some say that it is the cut of the diamond that is the most important factor when deciding on a ring. This is because the cut has the greatest influence on the diamond’s sparkle, meaning the better the cut, the more the diamond will sparkle on your wedding day.
The only thing that keeps the diamond from appearing dull is its cut — it can determine how brightly it sparkles.
The perfect diamond cut will not be too shallow or too deep, and it will allow light to pass through it so that it reflects evenly throughout the diamond.
It has been said that the eye detects the sparkle first and foremost when looking at the ring and then detects the colour of the diamond.
Don’t deter if you’re shopping on a budget. Choose a near-colourless diamond with a grade between G and H. Colour will not be detected by the naked eye, which will make you and your diamond look perfect on the day, and in the photos. Colour in diamonds appears as a pale yellow, so if this is evident anywhere in the ring you are thinking about buying, we would recommend avoiding it.
The clarity of the ring tells us how many small imperfections are in the diamond (called inclusions). The fewer inclusions in the ring, the better the clarity, which means your wedding ring will shine bright no matter where you are.
It’s rare that the inclusions on a diamond can be seen by the naked eye. By purchasing an SI (slightly included) quality diamond, you’re able to buy something visually stunning, without having to pay the cost of a diamond that contains no inclusions and no imperfections.
This determines how heavy the diamond is — it does not actually take into consideration the size of the diamond as others might think. The cut of the diamond will change how large the carat weight appears, so it’s important to get a good balance of both so that your ring sits well on the finger, but also provides you with the shine and brilliance you need to make heads turn on your wedding day.
What to keep in mind
Think of the following when choosing your perfect ring:
- If carat weight is important to you, consider a diamond with a good cut, with an SI1-SI2 clarity and an I or J colour grade.
- Keep in mind that based on the size of your finger, the larger the diamond will appear.
- Not all ring fittings will fit all diamond carats and shapes, so it’s important to consider what type of diamond shape you’d like before choosing its design.