(NAPS)—Whether it’s the day you pop the question, an anniversary or any special occasion, nothing says “I love you forever” quite like a diamond.
But while love may be blind, there are a few things you should keep in mind before heading out to buy that diamond engagement ring or, in fact, any diamond gift.
First, understand what the 4Cs are. These are the four factors that determine the value of the diamond, and thus the value of the ring.
A good way to learn about the 4Cs—which are cut, color, clarity and carat weight—is to visit www.adiamondisforever.com.
Next, set a budget: Determine how much money you want to spend before you go into the store and stick to it. For diamond engagement rings, two months’ salary is a good starting point. Now you’re ready to go to a reputable jeweler in your area. Before you do, ask friends or co-workers for recommendations.
The first thing to think about when choosing a diamond ring is the shape of the stone itself. Here are some tips:
• Round cut is most traditional and most popular. In 2006, 47 percent of brides received a round-cut diamond engagement ring. It can be used in a variety of settings but is able to stand alone as a solitaire.
• The emerald cut is a very elegant cut, chic and sophisticated. High-quality stones are needed for this and work best with simple settings. Eva Longoria has an emerald-cut ring.
• Fancy shapes, such as the pear shape or oval shape, are gaining in popularity. Katherine Heigl wears a 3-carat pear shape. Katie Holmes has an oval-cut diamond.
There are also a variety of styles and designs to choose from:
• A center stone with smaller stones around it is a style favored by many brides to-be, as is the classic diamond solitaire ring.
• A romantic or sentimental choice is the three-stone ring, as the stones represent your past, present and future.
Even if you’re already married—or never intend to be—consider a special Journey Diamond piece. These are graduated diamonds that go from smaller to larger and symbolize how your love grows stronger and deeper over time.
On the other hand, you can show how much you think of her with a right-hand ring. Diamond right-hand rings reflect a woman’s own unique individuality and style. Left-hand rings are about “the two of you”; right-hand rings celebrate “her.”
You can learn more online at www.adiamondisforever.com.
Nearly half of all diamond engagement rings are a round cut.
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