Titanium Engagement Rings

How To Choose An Engagement Ring, Part 1

Choosing the right engagement ring can be a confusing process. This page is designed to help you make educated decisions on what type of engagement ring will be best for your situation.

There are three main decisions you will need to make when selecting your engagement ring:

Step 1: Choosing An Engagement Ring Diamond

Before you can select an engagement ring diamond, you will need to have a basic understanding of the diamond grading system. Generally, diamonds are graded according to the "4 Cs" - Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. For more information on what these terms mean, look at all about the diamond grading system. The most important thing when specifying the diamond(s) for your engagement ring is to select a diamond with the highest rating in all 4 categories for your budget. For instance, it would not make much sense to sacrifice the cut, clarity, and color just to get a slightly larger carat size. So try to balance the "4 Cs" when shopping for an engagement ring and make sure to ask your jeweler about the specific grade of the diamonds they are offering. The tables below provide a basic explanation of Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat.

Table 1. Clarity
FFlawlessFree from all inclusions/blemishes
IFInternally FlawlessNo inclusions visible at 10x magnification
VVS1Very Very Slightly Included 1Inclusions that are extremely difficult to locate at 10x
VVS2Very Very Slightly Included 2Inclusions that are very difficult to locate at 10x
VS1Very Slightly Included 1Minor inclusions that are difficult to locate at 10x
VS2Very Slightly Included 2Minor inclusions that are somewhat difficult to locate at 10x
SI1Slightly Included 1Noticeable inclusions that are easy to locate at 10x
Sl2Slightly Included 2Noticeable inclusion that are very easy to locate at 10x
I1Included 1Obvious inclusions. Somewhat easy to locate with the unaided eye
I2Included 2Obvious inclusions. Easy to locate with the unaided eye
I3Included 3Obvious inclusions. Very easy to locate with the unaided eye

Table 2. Color
GIA SymbolColor
Colorless (White)
Near Colorless (White)
MFaint Yellow
N,O,P,Q,RVery Light Yellow
S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,ZLight Yellow

Table 3. Cut
Fine cut
Fine diamond cut
Fig 1. The Fine diamond cut is considered the ideal cut due to the way that it refracts light without losing a significant portion of its brilliance.
Heavy cut
Heavy diamond cut
Fig 2. A Heavy cut loses light through the sides of the diamond.
Shallow cut
Shallow diamond cut
Fig 3. The most common cut is the Shallow diamond cut (approximately 95% of all diamonds). This cut loses light through the bottom of the diamond.

What is a Carat?
Carat is the unit of weight used to describe a diamond. A carat is equivalent to 0.20 grams and can be subdivided into 100 points (0.01 carat = l point). Since larger diamonds are found less frequently, the value per carat increases with carat size.

If you are interested in the technical details, wikipedia has a couple of great articles on diamond clarity and diamond color.

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