The internet is full of advice about how to buy an engagement ring. Most of it revolves around the “4 C’s” — Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat but let's face it that just scratches the surface. I wanted to get some engagement ring shopping advice that you haven’t heard before for so I tapped five expert women in the industry serve up some diamond buying advice that is unconventional.
1. Want to find your diamond’s imperfections in less than 30 seconds with no training? Hold it from the side angle, more so you are looking into it from the bottom (pavilion) and spin it slowly while tilting it back and forth, the imperfections will all be noticeable unless it’s a very clean diamond and there you have your answer, it’s in the running! No diamond is perfect so be comfortable with the flaws of your stone before committing. Just cause it sparkles at the showroom does not mean it’s perfect! — Kamni, of Designs by Kamni
2. Dare to be different. Be that girl or guy who defies convention and picks something out of the ordinary. Learn to embrace the imperfect charm of these jewels — because you are wearing a part of our history, and allow the story to carry on with you. Lastly, from a financial standpoint: keep in mind that antique jewelry and diamonds are not infinitely available, so their value will only go up over time as they become scarce as they become more popular. — Grace, Jewels By Grace
3. When you are shopping for a diamond, think of it like a blind date. Your date could be everything you want and more on paper, but if you don’t have chemistry the relationship isn’t going to work. I would recommend not buying a diamond based on the GIA certificate alone. As important as a certificate is, you ultimately want to fall in love with the diamond just like you would fall in love with your significant other. Don’t worry if the diamond isn’t an excellent cut or if the clarity is a little lower than you wanted. If you fall head over heels with the diamond, at the end of the day, that is all that matters. — Olivia, The Clear Cut
4. Don’t forget that “carat” refers to the weight, not how large the diamond actually appears when viewed from the top. Therefore, it’s super important to me that my clients choose a high standard for the quality of “cut” and then select the stone with the largest millimeter measurements so that they get the largest top view of the diamond for their money. Danielle, Little Bird — Diamond & Engagement Ring Consultants
5. There is a lot of information out there on diamonds and engagement rings, some good and some not so good. Little Bird Ring Consultants has said “Diamonds are a science, but engagement rings are an art,” and I couldn’t agree more with this statement! You have to look at the whole package of the ring and no just the specs on the diamond. Go more for what you like the look of and matches your style and lifestyle and less of how it reads on paper. Because diamonds are just like people: we all look a little better in person than on paper. This is the case for the Evelyn ring (pictured above) because it is L-M color (in people’s minds=bad color) and it is 3.12 carats but looks like a 5 carat stunner so it most definitely looks better in person than it reads on paper!Andria, Victor Barbone