You can’t wait to finally marry your husband-to-be after getting engaged, but once you’ve taken this big step, there’s one thing left to find: the perfect wedding ring.
If your partner chose your engagement ring for you, with so many options, it could be difficult to choose the perfect wedding ring for yourself. With so many different types of cut, colour, clarity, and carat to choose from, it can be a daunting task before the big day arrives.
Together with Angelic Diamonds, specialist retailers in bespoke wedding rings and , we provide you with the definitive need-to-knows when it comes to choosing a ring that looks perfect on your finger.
The diamond’s cut
The cut is the most important when it comes to your ring’s diamond. This is because the cut has the greatest influence on the diamond’s sparkle, meaning the better the cut, the more the diamond will shine on your wedding day.
A diamond can appear dull even when it has perfect clarity and colour grade, so this should always be kept in mind. The only thing that keeps a diamond from looking dull is its cut.
A diamond’s cut is dependent upon its light performance, which is generally known as its sparkle. So, the perfect ring with an ideal diamond cut will not be too shallow or too deep, and it will allow light to pass through it so that it reflects evenly throughout the diamond.
When considering the perfect engagement ring, colour is the second most important factor. The eye detects sparkle from the diamond cut first and then identifies the colour of the diamond second.
Chose a near-colourless diamond grade between G-H if you want to make the most of a limited budget. Colour will not be detected by the naked eye, which will make you and your diamond look perfect on the day, and in the photos. Colour in diamonds appears as a pale yellow, so if this is evident anywhere in the ring you are thinking about buying, we would recommend avoiding it.
Within all diamonds are small imperfections called inclusions, which determine the overall clarity of the ring. The fewer inclusions in the ring, the better the clarity, which means your wedding ring will shine bright no matter where you are.
If your ring only contains a few inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, it’s unlikely that they will be seen quickly, so try not to worry and place emphasis on a few inclusions. By purchasing an SI (slightly included) quality diamond, you’re able to buy something visually stunning, without having to pay the cost of a diamond that contains no inclusions and no imperfections.
When it comes to the 4cs, many brides misunderstand this all-important factor; the carat is the weight of the diamond on your wedding ring. Many believe that it refers to the diamond’s size, and not its weight, this isn’t the case – so try to keep this in mind when choosing your ideal ring for the wedding.
So that your ring sits perfectly on the finger, it’s important to gain a good balance between the cut of the diamond and how large the carat weight appears; the carat weight will provide your ring with the shine and brilliance it needs to turn heads on your wedding day.
Go-to quick tips
Keep these other considerations in mind when choosing the perfect wedding ring to match the sparkle of your wedding day:
- If carat weight is important to you, consider a diamond with a good cut, with an SI1-SI2 clarity and an I or colour grade.
- Keep in mind that based on the size of your finger, the larger the diamond will appear.
- Not all ring fittings will fit all diamond carats and shapes, so it’s important to consider what type of diamond shape you’d like before choosing its design.