4) To maximize your budget, consider an ‘Eye-Clean’ diamond (VS2 or higher), in which inclusions are invisible to the naked eye.
5) If your budget is more suited for a smaller diamond, get a Halo setting (small diamonds around the center stone). Halo setting is a great way to make the center stone appear larger.
6) A well cut diamond can make the diamond appear larger.
7) Even if a diamond has the highest color or clarity grade, it will appear dull if the cut is poor.
8) Consider setting diamonds with a color grade of ‘I’ or ‘J’ in yellow gold.
9) Cut has the greatest influence on a diamond’s sparkle.
10) Review a copy of the diamond certificate as proof it has undergone an unbiased, professional examination.
11) Get a laser inscription on your diamond, so it will identify your diamond if it’s ever lost or stolen.
12) If you are not sure what your future fiancée prefers in a ring? Consider purchasing a loose diamond and then decide on the mounting together.
13) As a diamond size increases, color becomes more noticeable (especially in diamonds of 2 carats or greater).
14) Kimberley Process tracks diamonds to make sure they are conflict free.
15) Look for a diamond that’s as symmetrical as possible – a diamond with good symmetry will have more sparkle.
16) Round diamonds tends to have more brilliance than other shapes.
17) As a diamond’s size increases, color becomes more noticeable.
18) The GIA color scale uses letters to represent the absence of color, beginning with D (colorless) and ending at Z (light yellow or brown).
19) Don’t sacrifice quality for carat size.
20) The ring deciding factors should be your (and your partner’s) personal taste, needs, and financial situation.