Where To Start When Picking Out an Engagement Ring?
Decide On A Budget
In order to fully indulge in your engagement ring experience, decide on a budget FIRST! When you come to us with a budget that allows us to present you with all the different types of rings within your budget. This way we can break down center stone details and design elements. A budget helps us determine the 4 C's (Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat) of a stone. We try to encourage customers to stick within a budget that they feel comfortable in. There are financing options that also help customers meet their budget in a comfortable manner.
"But what are the 4 C's?!"
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"In most diamonds, the term actually refers to the absence of color. The less color in the stone, the more desirable and valuable it is. Some of these differences are not visible to the naked eye, but directly impact the overall quality and price of the stone."
Cut: "A Diamonds Cut Unleashes It's Light" A.K.A SPARKLE!
"A diamond’s cut grade is really about how well a diamond’s facets interact with light. Precise artistry and workmanship are required to fashion a stone so its proportions, symmetry and polish deliver the magnificent return of light only possible in a diamond. A diamond’s cut is crucial to the stone’s final beauty and value. The cut grade is really about how well a diamond’s facets interact with light."
"Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This process can result in a variety of internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes.’
Grades run from ‘Flawless,’ with virtually no imperfections, to ‘Included,’ which contain a significant number of imperfections."
"Carat Weight refers to a diamond’s weight. Generally speaking, the higher the carat weight, the more expensive the stone. Two diamonds of equal carat weight, however, can have very different quality and price when the other three Cs are considered.
It’s important to remember that a diamond’s value is determined using all of the 4Cs, not just carat weight."
Pick out your Style:
There are great online sources to find different style rings, many receivers will send the proposer pictures from Pinterest. We always suggest that a couple comes into the store and TRIES ON all different style rings; something you see on someone else's hand might look entirely different on your own.
Designer: PeJay Creations
Natural & Organic
Ruby and Sapphire rank as a 9 next to Diamond as a 10 on the scale of hardness. Topaz too, is a good Diamond alternative ranking a 8. Since most people wear their engagement rings 24/7 you want to make sure that your Diamond Alternative also ranks high on the scale of hardness so you know you are getting a durable stone.
Designer: Coast Diamond
Designer: PeJay Creations
Diamonds vary in shape, each shape offers the diamond different qualities. See the GIA chart below for diamond shape characteristics
When you come into our store you work directly with a trained sales associate to determine your budget. Once you either find a mounting style in our case or custom design one we will then talk diamonds. We will work closely with you and your budget, using the 4Cs to determine the stone carat size.