Buying diamonds are a big investment and everyone wants to make sure that they are getting the best value and the best quality. So, here are some tips and advice to make sure you are making the most of this exciting purchase. As the saying goes, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” so you want to make sure that this friendship lasts forever.
Getting the Best Diamond Engagement Rings
An engagement ring is one of the biggest investments someone makes in their life, following a house and a car etc, so everyone wants to make sure that they are getting the best. When shopping for engagement rings there are many fundamental things to look out for. Firstly, you should pay attention to the 4 C’s, to make sure your diamond jewellery will sparkle and shine for the lifetime of the ring and not just in the jewellers. Also, ensure that the claims made about the ring’s cut, colour, clarity and carat weight are supported with a diamond certificate. We would recommend that the diamond certificate comes from one of the top three most reputable bodies- GIA, HRD Antwerp or IGI Antwerp. Finally, if you want the best engagement ring for you, and haven’t seen one that meets all your criteria so far, keep in mind that here at Bespoke Diamonds, we can make you a bespoke designed ring and if you have desired criteria for your diamond, such as D colour or VVS1 clarity etc, we can source a diamond for you from our network of dealers. You should also look at the ring’s setting as you want one that has a good structural integrity and will stand the test of time and not fall apart on you after a few years. Choosing the ring’s metal is also an integral part of the process- the most common choice is 18k white gold but 18k yellow and rose are also good options. Although pure gold isn’t the strongest metal, our 18k golds are mixed with other metals lending a hand to its durability. Platinum is another good option and it is arguably the most durable metal.
Picking the Best Diamond Wedding Ring
Once you have your engagement ring, the next stage is much simpler, yet still an important purchase. Some brides-to-be will opt for a simple plain 18k yellow, rose or white gold or platinum band but others will opt for a diamond band to complement their engagement ring. There are three types of diamond wedding rings- pavé, channel and claw set. A pavé band has diamonds held by claws and metal on the sides. A claw set band holds the diamonds in by claws only and finally, a channel set band holds the diamonds in by metal on each side. What is commonly done is that you match the style from your engagement ring with your wedding band, making a nice complementary set. Similar decisions need to be made regarding the metal, however, in most cases, you simply match the metal to your engagement ring. You can teach yourself how to check the quality by purchasing a diamond tester.
Diamond Earrings- What to Look out For
Diamond earrings are a great investment as the simple style can elevate an ordinary outfit into a classy formal outfit. Diamond stud earrings are perfect for so many occasions such as bridal wear, bridesmaids, daily wear or formal wear. You can get this earrings in many carat weights. Here at Bespoke Diamonds, we have diamond studs for 0.20ct, 0.40ct, 0.60ct, 0.70ct or 1.00ct. Picking the setting for your diamond earrings is down to preference, some may prefer a four claw setting for simplicity and others may choose six claw, to make the diamond appear more rounded. A larger setting is more secure and a smaller setting is often said to be a delicate and classy.
Spotting the Best Bracelets
To truly go all out with your diamonds, why not get yourself a diamond bracelet? Here at Bespoke Diamonds, we have diamond bracelets ranging from 0.50ct right up to a sparkling 8.00ct. It’s easy to get blinded by the sheer multitude of diamonds on a bracelet that you pick your favourite looking one right off the bat at the expense of getting high quality diamonds. However, when buying diamonds in all forms, the integrity of the diamond still matters in terms of colour and clarity etc. A classic tennis bracelet is probably the most wearable accessory any woman can own as it goes with everything and if you buy wisely, you can wear it easily on a daily basis. It also should be an eye-catching piece without being considered too ‘blingy’. It’s important to have a budget set, at least loosely, before beginning the process of looking for the bracelet as it is easier to lose track of yourself when shown all of these stunning pieces. You should also test the clasp on the bracelet multiple times to ensure it isn’t too flimsy and it has the feature of being easy to put on and take off as, although it may not seem important initially, you may become deterred from wearing it if it is too difficult to put on yourself.
Buying diamonds, for most of us, is a process we will undertake a few times in our lifetime so make sure you get the most out of it each time. There are many key things to do that apply universally across all of these categories of diamond shopping and these include- having a budget in mind and sticking to it as closely as possible, doing prior research on diamonds before going into the jewellers just so you’re not totally overwhelmed upon entering your first jewellers, think carefully about your choice before purchasing (diamonds are for life so make sure you really love the piece!) and finally make sure you see all of your options before committing to a piece, as it can be very disappointing if you regret your final decision. Here at Bespoke Diamonds, we offer all of these types of diamond pieces so make an appointment to view in our Kildare Street showroom!
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