So you have found the 'one' and are ready to ask her to marry you. CONGRATULATIONS!
Now you have to buy something your partner will want to wear for the rest of their lives. No pressure!
Buying a diamond engagement ring when you’re male can be quite the challenge – after all, you haven’t exactly spent your life surrounded by sparkly things – how will you know her ring size? How will you know her tastes? How will you find the best quality diamond in Dubai when you don’t know your carats from your clarity?
Dubai Rocks' easy-to-read, practical guide to diamond buying will remove the mystery and frustration from the jewellery buying process, and provide you with all the information you need to choose an engagement ring.
One thing that we see all the time with men buying an engagement ring for their girlfriend is that they don’t seem to know their beloved’s aesthetic taste, nor her ring size!
We’ve had men buy rings that their girlfriend is appalled by - one fellow bought an enormous, Kim Kardashian-style bling ring for his petite, Scandinavian girlfriend, who wears only the simplest jewellery.
Another of our guys mistakenly sized a rather fabulous key chain ring, believing it to be the size of his girlfriend’s ring finger.
What kind of engagement ring should I choose?
First things first – you know this woman well enough that you want to spend the rest of your life with her, right? That means you should have a general idea of the type of jewellery she wears; if not, then it’s time to do a little investigation. Have a peep through her jewellery box and notice the type of stuff she wears on a daily basis – not fancy jewellery she wears when she goes out, but the day-to-day stuff she grabs first.
How large should the diamond be?
A lot of this will be down to your budget and how much you want to spend, as diamonds increase significantly in price with each jump in size (more on that below).
As for your girlfriend’s taste, well, only you can know that. But we’ve noticed at Dubai Rocks that, no matter how girly the girl or how much bling she likes, the overwhelming majority of women prefer simple and classic designs, as well as diamonds around the .70 – 1.25 carat mark – anything larger is for the bravest souls.
As for ring size – rings can only be sized up or down by one or two sizes without damaging the integrity of the ring shape, so it’s really important to get this right. Again, some investigation is required: if she wears rings, pay attention to which one goes on her fourth finger – at a pinch, we’ve take rings worn on first and middle fingers and sized slightly down, but accuracy is key.
Ok, I’m ready to learn about diamonds now
1) Do your research – think of buying a diamond like buying a car: there are a lot of people out there willing to take your money, and a lot of information to consider – is the age of the car more important, or the mileage? But unlike cars, diamond quality is a set, certified thing: so with the right knowledge, you'll be able to choose the best option for your budget.
2) Get familiar with the 5 C's – these are the technical aspects of a diamond which are measured, analysed and certified by the diamond trade, and knowing the order of importance is paramount in order to not drop more $ than necessary.
What are the 5 C’s?
The 5 C's are, in order of importance:
Certification:Most diamonds at reputable jewelers will be certified by an independent organization as to the qualities of the diamond, which is done during an independent examination.
There are a number of different global certification institutions, but the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) sets the standard within the industry. Dubai Rocks sticks with GIA certified diamonds, because they're the highest industry standard.
So make sure the diamond you're getting has a certificate, and that the certificate matches what your eye is balling.
Cut: Diamonds start out as a stone that resembles a plain, grey pebble. They're not very sexy, so they have to be faceted by an expert to show all that shiny goodness. Cuts range from Excellent to Fair and cut is by far the most important of the C's when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck.
Let's break it down: a 1 carat diamond with a Good cut will cost you more money (size is important, no matter what she says) but look less blingtastic than a 0.9 carat diamond with an Excellent cut.
The better the cut, the more the diamond will sparkle and the better light will bounce off of it, which means your partner will literally be more dazzled.
Diamond cuts are like the foundation – get that right and the rest will follow.
Carat: This is the one everyone knows, and we all know that more carats = bigger, but here's the size dilemma solved for basic folk: 1 carat = 200 milligrams in terms of weight. Jewellers refer to diamond by 'points' and 1 carat = 100 points.
Price rises significantly for every 50 points added to the diamond weight, even though the difference in weight is minimal. Size does matter if you're going for a classic solitaire, but not as much as people think.
Break it down: the price of a 1ct rock is approximately 30-40% more expensive than a 0.9 ct rock, even though the difference is barely noticeable to the naked eye.
Colour: This is a confusing one, as the gemstone we think of as diamonds are – clear or 'white'. The diamond colour scale starts at D, which is actually a colourless diamond, and is extremely rare.
The further along the alphabet the letter is, the more colour can be seen in it, though a diamond at G or F colour is still a beautiful clear sparkler.
Clarity:Every diamond has tiny imperfections in it (they're called 'inclusions' in the diamond trade) that lower the value of the diamond – the less there are, the more the diamond costs.
Clarity is a funny one, because no one wants to look at a diamond and think they can see a tiny speck of dust. At the same time, most of those imperfections are unnoticeable to the naked eye – and at the same time, once the diamond is put into a ring setting, it's often not visible in the slightest.
So while customers tend to put a big emphasis on clarity, Dubai Rocks does remind you that clarity has the least impact on a diamond's sparkle, so losing some of the perfectionism can help save you money.
Shape: The other feature to consider is shape, which tends to be dictated by fashion and current trends in design and beauty.
Diamonds come in several different shapes, but there's a clear favourite: eight out of 10 engagement rings contain a round diamond.
If you're a male shopper, you may not be familiar with some of the classic shapes that are trendy right now, such as Tiffany's cushion cut ring (think square shape with rounded edges), so it helps to look at some famous jewelers (Cartier, Tiffany, DeBeers, Van Cleef&Arpels) and see if you can subtly find out what your partner likes.
So, now you've got some basic knowledge of what to look for in a diamond technically.
Here are a few more tips to keep in mind when shopping:
- Round shape diamonds offer a larger selection, as there are more of them out there. They can also appear larger, giving more for your money.
-The Marquis shape also maximises size of carat and gives an appearance of larger shape
-Ascher, Oval, Marquis and Emerald are longer stones vertically on the finger, so can help slim the finger
-In our recent poll, 54% of respondents preferred to be surprised with the engagement ring, and 46% preferred to choose together.
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Love from Sarah (Dubai Rocks) and Caroline (Proposal Boutique) xx