Gorgeous diamonds have adorned beautifully crafted rings since ancient times. You can also get a gorgeous diamond for your engagement ring with a limited budget today if you make an informed buying decision. There are several factors listed below that go towards determining the value and beauty of your diamond. Balancing these well will enable you to get the most out of your budget.

Carat Weight

A diamond’s weight is expressed in terms of carat and though there is no hard and fast rule regarding the carat weight you should opt for; most people feel that ‘big is better’. However, there can be two diamonds of same weight with different diameter sizes.

Shape

Diamonds are available in varying shapes such as round brilliants, Princess Cut, Cushion Cut, Oval Cut, Emerald Cut, Radiant Cut and so on. There is no set hierarchy with regard to the shapes as the purchase depends upon the preferences of the buyer. However, the fire and sparkle of the diamond will vary for each Cut. For example, the Radiant Cut diamond is fierier than the understated Emerald Cut.

Cut

One of the factors crucial in determining the beauty of your diamond is its ‘Cut’.  The term ‘Cut’ is used to refer to the diamond’s proportions and finish and if your diamond has got all its angles right then it shines brilliantly; full of life. Diamonds are graded in five Cut categories ranging from Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor.

Clarity 

All diamonds have unique ‘inclusions’ which are formed during the crystallization of the diamond deep underground. Prominent inclusions affect the diamond’s beauty and so with limited budgets it is better to buy a ‘SI’ clarity diamond. Here, the inclusions are not seen when the diamond is set in jewellery. But if you want high clarity of your diamond all jewellery stores will recommend buying a ‘VS2’ clarity diamond or better. ‘VS2’ means ‘very slight inclusions’.

Colour

Colour refers to the tint of the diamond and this starts on a scale of ‘D’ (colourless) up to ‘Z’. Colourless diamonds are much expensive and more desirable but if you manage to get a ‘J’ or an ‘I’ colour diamond that is well cut and brilliant you get a beautiful diamond for a very less price. Brilliant diamonds display lesser colour than the less brilliant ones.

Fluorescence

Fluorescence refers to the colour glowed by the diamond when subjected to ultraviolet light. The most common fluorescence found in diamonds is blue colour.

Grader

You need to buy diamonds jewellery from shops that sell diamonds certified from reputed laboratories. Some of the reputed grading laboratories include AGS, GIA, HRD and IGI. AGS is a common option followed in USA whereas GIA is the global standard used worldwide and HRD, IGI are diamond certifying laboratories in Europe. IDI is the government approved laboratory certifying diamonds in India.

Choosing Your Diamond Ring

While buying your diamond ring go to one of the authentic jewellery stores like Kalyan Jewellers who stocks a wide variety of globally certified diamonds set beautifully in white and yellow metal. You are sure to get the best engagement diamond ring you would have ever thought of!