Choosing the Perfect Diamond for your Engagement Ring
When it comes to selecting an engagement ring, there are numerous factors to consider, such as the setting, metal, and most importantly, the centre stone. Lab-grown diamonds have become increasingly popular due to their ethical and eco-friendly production process, as well as their affordability compared to natural earth grown diamonds. Here are some tips on choosing the perfect lab-grown diamond for your engagement ring.
- Know the 4Cs:
The 4Cs of diamonds are the standard measures used to evaluate a diamond’s quality. They stand for carat weight, colour, clarity, and cut. Carat weight refers to the size of the diamond, while colour and clarity refer to the absence or presence of colour and inclusions within the diamond. The cut refers to the diamond’s proportions and how well it reflects light. It’s important to have a basic understanding of the 4Cs and how they affect a diamond’s appearance and value when choosing the right diamond.
- Determine your budget:
Lab-grown diamonds are typically more affordable than natural earth grown diamonds, but they can still vary in price depending on their quality and size. Determine your budget before you begin your search, so you can narrow down your options and focus on diamonds that fit within your price range. At MJS when making the decision of designing an engagement ring we typically recommend the ring is around 2 months of your weekly wage to comfortably afford the engagement ring you are choosing, although this is simply a guide for those who may be unsure of the price range they may be looking at. The 4Cs affect the price of a diamond, so decide which ones are most important to you and allocate your budget accordingly.
- Consider the look:
The shape of the diamond is a personal preference, and there are many options to choose from, including round brilliant cut, oval, emerald, and pear. Consider your partner’s style and preferences when selecting a shape. It is also important to consider your partner’s lifestyle when considering setting height and shoulder stones to ensure the ring lasts a lifetime, the MJS team will give you guidance on the perfect design to ensure it is suitable to your partner. The setting of the diamond can change its overall appearance and should complement the diamond and enhance its sparkle. When designing an engagement ring it is not the time to switch things up on your partner regarding metal colours, it is typically a safer option to choose something that already matches their everyday style.
- Choose a reputable seller:
When purchasing a lab-grown diamond, it’s important to choose a reputable seller who can provide you with a certification of the diamond’s origin and quality. Look for sellers who are transparent about their production process and can offer a warranty or return policy. At MJS we are fully accredited to sell sustainable lab-grown diamonds alongside earth grown natural diamonds. You will receive the copy of the diamond’s certifications, such as an IGI or GIA certificate, along with a certificate of purchase that includes the diamond’s details and a photo of the final ring, these can be used for insurance purposes, these certificates are also kept under your customer file.
In conclusion, choosing the perfect lab-grown diamond for an engagement ring requires careful consideration of the 4Cs, budget, shape, reputable seller, setting, and long-term durability. With these tips in mind, you can find a stunning and ethical diamond that will represent your love and commitment for years to come at My Jewellery Shop.