The first step in the shopping for a diamond for an engagement ring is to narrow down the desired shape. Unless you are very certain about what your significant other would like to have it would be a very wise decision to subtly gather some input from her prior to purchasing. If she has her heart set on a round cut diamond and you present her with a pear shaped stone you are most likely not going to get the reaction you had hoped for. Do some shopping with her before hand. The where and when of the engagement can still be a surprise.
Most of the shapes pictured to the right are considered to be the traditional “classic” shaped engagement diamond. Different shapes take on a different appearance on each person. Your finger size, shape of finger and skin tone all play a role in how a particular diamond will look on your hand. Trying various shapes on is the only way to truly tell how the ring will look on your hand. What looks good on your best friend may not be what suits your hand.
Today, many of our clients would prefer a three stone mounting as opposed to a solitaire. There are many different side stone options (many shown below). The most important thing to keep in mind when matching up side stones is not go up or down any more than one color grade from the center stone and to make sure you have proper millimeter measurements of the center diamond in order for the side stones to fit up properly. You have many prongs to consider with a three stone ring and you want to make them as invisible as possible. The side stones should not be any longer than the center stone and should tuck up right underneath the center diamond making it appear that it is one diamond.
There are also many other cuts on the market that are advertised everyday on the radio and TV that are only available through select retail stores. The majority of these diamonds (shown below) are extremely similar to the classic cuts but are more expensive due to the marketing strategies of the retail system.
At Diamond Source of Virginia we can help guide you through the process of buying a diamond that you will be proud to wear for a lifetime www.diamondsourceva.com