The ABC of Engagement Rings
The perfect engagement ring isn’t that easy to find. The details and the intricacy make all the difference. Choosing the right engagement ring is not as easy as it is shown in the movies, and of course, it requires a lot of research and exploration because the right person deserves the right ring.
With the wedding season just around the corner, the pressure is at an all-time high to select the best ring.
An engagement ring is beautiful, delicate, and complex. To choose the right one you need to keep all the necessary elements in mind.
To make this process easy for you, we bring to you the ABC of engagement rings. In this list, we will be covering all the alphabets and the descriptions associated with each alphabet.
Accented: These are also known as rings with friends. The main diamond is accompanied by smaller precious stones or diamonds or melee diamonds to add extra shine and elegance to the ring.
Asymmetrical: these rings don’t follow the rules of symmetry. They have out of the box designs which are unique yet elegant. These rings will leave you in absolute awe of them.
Brightness: Diamond rings are made beautiful by their brilliance or brightness. They reflect light and look like shimmering stars. It is important to choose rings which have good brilliance.
Bold: a bold engagement ring makes a clear message of your love. A big diamond or a massive brilliance is bold and beautiful.
Classic: Classic engagement rings will never go out of style. The classic cut and the elegance of a traditional engagement ring outshines many other rings.
Carat: How much a diamond weighs is determined by carat. The more the carat, the heavier the diamond. The value of a diamond ring increases as the carat increases. The more the carat, the more beautiful the diamond.
Dramatic: We are talking about dramatic engagement rings. They often have fine detailing or engravings to them. If your partner has a knack for dramatic things then they would surely appreciate this type of engagement ring.
Diamond Certification: When buying a diamond always keep in mind to check the diamond certificate and grading of the seller. Make sure it is certified by a deemed diamond certification body and the seller is not self-certified (as they cannot be trusted).
Engraved: An engraved ring is one with a special message for the wearer. It is the best type of ring to portray a deep expression of love. An engraving can be done at request. The engraved word/phrase/design can be anything special to you and your partner.
Excellent Cut: The best way to cut a diamond is called an excellent way. The excellent cut has light and dark areas that reflect light beautifully. Thus, giving a perfect cut for the perfect engagement ring.
Fancy: A fancy engagement ring is quirky and uses different shapes of diamonds. It can have a different symmetry or even a different color. A fancy engagement ring looks great on the finger of your special one as it is crafted according to that particular hand.
Facets: The facets in a diamond ring are very important to note. The more the facets, the more the refraction of light and brightness of the ring.
Grandeur: The grandeur of the ring matters. An engagement ring deserves to be grand. The ring does not need to be big, what matters is if the quality of the rock is exemplary.
Gemstone: Gemstones are generally defined as a piece of the mineral. In the jewelry world, there has been a rise in the usage of gemstones like emerald and sapphire in engagement rings. Gemstones give an additional charm of the diamond and make the ring beautiful.
Hardness: “The Mohs Scale of Hardness is a rough measure of the resistance of a smooth surface to scraping or abrasion. It is expressed in terms of a scale constructed by a German mineralogist- Friedrich Mohs.” In layman language, if a certain mineral scratches another mineral, the first mineral is practically considered to be tougher than the latter. The scale is from 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest, however, stated by GIA the following scale is ‘deceptive’ and thus cannot be considered to be exactly accurate. To put in perspective the diamond is 4 times harder than corundum. And just because the diamond is rated ’10’ on the Mohs scale, it doesn’t imply that the gem is truly unbreakable! It just means that it has the best potential to avoid getting scratched.
HPHT: High-Pressure-High-Temperature (HPHT) is a man-made method which is used for the formation of artificial diamonds. As the name suggests, extortionate pressure and temperature are applied on a diamond seed in the presence of pure carbon. This results in the pure carbon to melt and form bonds with the starter seed thus paving a way to an artificial diamond.
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Inclusions: Inclusions are the intrinsic features of the diamond which are checked while grading the visibility of the diamond. Inclusions in many cases are considered to be diamond birthmarks or irregularities which are found in natural diamonds. Inclusions and blemishes (marks left on the diamond after cutting it) are used to analyze the degree of clarity possessed by the diamond.
IGI: The full form of IGI is International Gemological Institute which is the world’s leading independent certification and grading institute for diamonds and gemstones. Once a diamond is graded by IGI it receives a diamond certificate. All of our diamonds are graded by IGI and come with a diamond certificate, thus guaranteeing genuinity.
J color :”J” On the color grading scale the color J is situated before the “Faint” color (K, L, M). The grade D, E, F are given to colorless diamonds and thus considered the best grade. The scale goes up to Z, and as you move further the tinted color in the diamond will intensify.
Lab-grown: Also called artificial diamonds or man-made diamonds, these gems are grown in laboratories with the help of processes like HPHT and CVD treatment. The final product results in diamonds which have the same chemical, physical and optical properties as that of naturally mined diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are cheaper in comparison to traditional diamonds.
Marquise: This diamond shape was developed in France in the late 1700s and is considered to be one of the most elegant shapes of diamonds. It looks flat on your finger due to it being longer. Many magazines and experts have stated that the marquise (‘mar-keez’) cut is the most suitable fit if you want the diamond to look larger on your hand. To put it into perspective a 1ct marquise diamond will look larger than 1ct round diamond because of the shape.
Man-Made Diamond: Man-made is another term for artificial diamonds or loose grown diamonds. Not just diamonds but moissanite or diamond hybrids can also be considered as man-made as they are considered to be diamond alternatives.
Melee: Think of a diamond and reduce its size to 1/5ct, that is the size of a melee diamond. These diamonds are used as a support to enhance the look of diamond jewelry. They are round in shape and you can see sellers using these diamonds on bracelets.
Oval: A diamond cut which has an elongated round shape and was created by Lazare Kaplan in the 1960s. An oval cut diamond is called modified brilliant-cut as they both possess certain similarities. The length to width ratio of the oval is commonly 1.30 – 1.50.
Pear: A pear-shaped diamond can be looked like a combination of marquise cut diamond and a round cut diamond. This type of diamond is commonly known as a teardrop diamond and used in rings which are worn by young adults. This cut looks beautiful when placed on a halo and refracts light to give it a great level of brightness.
Platinum: Platinum is the heaviest metal, it is commonly paired with colourless diamonds. However, it is a low resale value and is more expensive than gold. Platinum is hypoallergenic and doesn’t need to undergo rhodium plating.
Princess-Cut: Technically termed as ‘square-modified brilliant’, this diamond cut is often used in engagement rings due to it being subtle yet elegant. The princess-cut diamond was created by Betazel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz in 1980. Ever since then women across the world have elected this diamond as one of their favourite cuts.
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Rose Gold: Rose gold is not exactly pure gold but rather an alloy which is formed by mixing copper, silver and 24k yellow gold in equal proportions. In the past few years, the demand for rose gold crafted jewelry has boosted ten folds.
Size: A diamond size plays an important role as to how much the diamond will be worth. Its cut, colour, grade and clarity are all secondary factors. As the size of the diamond will determine what type of jewelry the diamond will be crafted into. Bigger the size bigger the dent it can make in your pockets.
Synthetic: The word Synthetic in the diamond world is used to refer to man-made diamonds. These diamonds when compared with natural diamonds will show no difference but are called synthetic as they are created in a lab. To avoid any type of misconception we prefer to use the term ‘man-made diamonds’ or ‘lab-grown diamonds which all-in-all mean the same thing
Side Stones: Side Stones are small diamonds or gemstones mounted on the ring/bracelet. These small gems are also known as accent stones or melee diamonds. They are not the star of the show but rather act like background performers which enhance the beauty of the ring or bracelet.
Three-stone: As the name implies it is a collection that contains three stones. It is a diamond set-up which many people consider to give a statement- past, present and future.
Vintage: Vintage rings are those with special features and patterns. They could be brand-new, or maybe even antique items from decades past. All of them have exquisite sculptural features.
Wedding Band: A wedding band and an engagement ring are two different types of jewelry which are given on different occasions. If you were unaware, no issues, we are here to clarify the difference between the two for you. An engagement ring is given during the proposal of marriage, while a wedding band is preferred to be given 3-5 months prior to a wedding. This band is made of small diamonds and adds a graceful look to the wearer.
Yellow Gold: One of the most prominent used gold types is yellow gold, the rating goes up to 24k. The closer the metals rating is to 24k the softer the metal is found to be. 10k yellow gold is quite common along with 18k and 14k.