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How to Choose the Best Diamond for Your Engagement Ring

Diamonds differ in quality, brilliance, and shape. Check out our diamond buying guide to learn more about some of the most important factors to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect stone.

How to Choose the Best Diamond for Your Engagement Ring

As you prepare to propose and start your engagement with your significant other, one of the first things you’ll have to do is choose a diamond. You’ll have to choose between pre-made diamond or custom diamonds that cater to your exact needs. A diamond’s characteristics vary in cut, color, shape, and many other important factors, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Go with the traditional and beloved round diamond shape to keep up with tradition or opt for a rare and beautiful radiant diamond shape. When learning how to choose the best diamond for your engagement ring, the possibilities are nearly endless. Here are a few tips to keep you on the right path.

Set Your Budget

Before figuring out how to choose a diamond, you’ll need to set your diamond budget. Even if you don’t have a large budget for a diamond, you can still afford a diamond with a tremendous sparkle. In order to stretch your budget, do your research on the best ways to save money when buying a diamond for an engagement ring. For example, modest budgets can opt for a small diamond with a halo setting to amp up its brilliance. Minor compromises in quality, color, or radiance can get you a diamond you’ll cherish forever.

Find the Right Style

Diamonds are a significant investment that requires careful planning and research. If you’re wondering how to choose a diamond for a loved one, you must first determine their personal style. Would they prefer a simple and classic solitaire diamond or a cluster of diamonds instead? Does she prefer colored gemstones over white diamonds? Are her diamonds round, pear-shaped, square, or oval? The answers to these questions can help you determine the best diamond for your loved one.

Apart from considering her style, consider her finger size. Does she have small fingers? A wide band could make small hands appear even smaller. Instead, you could choose pear, marquise, or oval-shaped diamonds to elongate her fingers. In addition, think about your partner’s lifestyle habits. Is she constantly on the move or does she maintain a low profile? Choose a diamond that won’t get in her way.

Design Options

Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes. The most important factors to consider when learning how to choose a diamond include the color, carat weight, clarity, shape, and cut of a diamond. The combination of these factors affects its price and brilliance.

A diamond’s shape refers to its appearance, while its cut refers to its ability to reflect light. Unlike the diamond’s outline, the diamond’s cut refers to its angles, facets, and symmetry. When choosing a diamond’s shape you can choose from a variety of shapes including:

  • Round diamonds are classic and the most popular option.
  • Princess diamonds are square-shaped with razor-sharp corners.
  • Emerald diamonds are rectangular and feature long and thin facets.
  • Asscher diamonds feature step-cuts leading up to the diamond’s octagonal top.
  • Oval-shaped diamonds are a popular choice and can elongate small hands
  • Cushion diamonds’ corners are rounded making it look like a tiny brilliant pillow
  • Marquise diamonds have an oval-like shape with round sides and pointed ends.
  • Pear-shaped diamonds resemble a teardrop shape with a round bottom and a pointed tapered end.

Choosing the perfect diamond at jewelry design center

Find the Perfect Diamond and Engagement Ring Pair at Jewelry Design Center

There’s an abundance of diamond options that can enhance your engagement ring band. You can choose from pre-cut diamonds or design one from scratch with the help of jewelry experts. Visit our Spokane or Kennewick locations in Washington to choose from a variety of engagement rings, wedding bands, loose diamonds, or create your own custom design today. We can teach you how to choose a diamond you’ll be satisfied with forever.


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