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Diamond Buying Tips
by George Meszaros

No engagement is complete without the engagement ring.
Traditionally, the engagement ring is a diamond ring presented
by the groom to the bride. Since the engagement ring is such an
important part of the wedding you shouldn't take it lightly.
There is a lot to know about rings and about your bride before
you purchase the ring.

By the time you buy the engagement ring, you should know her
ring size. An easy way to figure out her ring size is to
secretly take one of her rings to a jeweler. They will be more
than happy to help you out. You might also ask her sister or
mother, or anyone close to her who would possibly know he ring
size. You should also know what shapes of jewelry stones she
likes. Does she like white or yellow gold, or platinum?

Next, you must set your budget. Engagement ring prices can
range from moderately expensive to very expensive. The price of
the engagement ring is only limited by your budget. The diamond
is what makes the engagement ring such an expensive gift. With
such an expensive investment, you should make sure you
understand some of the basics of buying diamonds.

Diamond professionals use four factors to purchase diamonds,
and you should use the same standards to buy the diamond
engagement ring.

1. Color - The color of the diamond has a significant impact on
the overall price. Sometimes this is referred to as the color
value of the diamond. You might ask the jeweler to place the
diamonds you are interested in order based on color value.
Since the color differences are so light, it might be difficult
to see the color difference between diamonds. Keep in mind the
less color the more expensive.

2. Clarity - Clarity is no less important when it comes to
selecting a diamond. An Fl (Flawless) graded diamond shows no
inclusions (inclusions = flaws) under 10X magnification. Since
flawless diamonds are extremely rare, be prepared to pay extra
for perfection.

3. Cut - It is the first aspect of the diamond that is
influenced by humans. Cut is also called "make," the better the
make the more gorgeous the diamond. Valuing the diamond based on
cut can be very subjective.

4. Carat - Carate weight is the basic measuring unit of
diamonds. It has to do with how much your diamond weighs.

There is a huge variety of diamonds to choose from. While they
are all beautiful, they are very different in color, clarity,
cut, and carat weight. We hope you'll find the above
information helpful in selecting your engagement ring diamond.
Keep in mind, you should only buy a diamond from a reputable

About The Author: George Meszaros