When buying a diamond, it is of the utmost importance that you understand what you’re buying and that you get the absolute best for your budget, however, apart from doing a little bit of research discussing the ‘4 Cs’(see link below to the GIA website – leaders of the gemmological industry worldwide), the rest of the work should be done by me!
Once you have decided what shape you like, what colour metal (yellow or white gold, or platinum…)you like, and in some cases, have an idea of what your dream piece looks like, then I can take it from there.
When I have selected a few diamonds or coloured stones for you to choose from or to look at to help you along your decision to the right stone, I will happily inform you in everything you need to know and wish to know about your stone.
There is one piece of advice I have for you straight away…
If you love it, if you are drawn to it, if the stone speaks to you and makes you feel good, that’s usually the one. It doesn’t matter that it’s not a top grade diamond or that it is somewhere in the middle or even down the lower grades, if you love it and it enhances your design, then it is right for you.
Another piece of advice I give is that if you don’t have an uncapped budget, then don’t start with the top (DVVS1 excellent cut), you may not be able to afford it and that can lead to disappointment. Work out what you want to spend first and I will get you the very best for your budget.
If you don’t know what you’d like to spend and would like to see a range of stones of different values, I can certainly work that way too.
Another point to remember; a middle grade diamond can look just as amazing as a top diamond in the right design and metal. You can save a lot of money by getting a diamond with an inclusion or inclusions, there are different types of inclusion grading and I can certainly hand pick a stone for you that has inclusions that you will not see with the naked eye. In my opinion cut is more important. Cut can enhance a diamonds colour and inclusions beyond its grade and I would advise going for a cut no less than very good, where possible.
I love inclusions, to me they are the finger print of the stone, they allow me to know which stone it is, that it is indeed natural and they give stones personality and individuality.
So happy shopping, I look forward to being of assistance to you.
Below is the link to the GIA website to explain the 4Cs
Below are the shapes available in diamonds;
Preferable metals for engagement and wedding rings:
Ladies: Gold: Yellow gold – 22carat
Yellow gold, Rose gold and white gold, 9carat, 14carat or 18carat.
Titanium (in some cases, depending on design)
Men: Platinum, yellow or white gold, Titanium, Palladium
Of course Sterling Silver is available, but is a very soft metal, so not suitable for everyday wear for wedding rings, it will most likely bend. If you are custom making a ring in Silver, the labour and design costs would be the same as if you were making it in gold or platinum, the metal is the only component that would be cheaper.
However for more simple designs in wedding bands, I can order them from my wedding ring wholesaler, Peter W Beck, at a reduced cost to you than custom making them.
Feel free to browse their website to get an idea of what they stock;