Engagement Ring Buying Guide

Solitaire Diamond Ring

Selecting Your Centre Stone

You know that the most classic engagement ring style features a center diamond, but you may not know whether your girlfriend desires a solitaire diamond engagement ring or wants an engagement ring and wedding band that is more unique. We can tell you this: close to 90% of engagement rings feature a diamond, and sapphires are the second most popular engagement ring gemstone. If your girlfriend’s taste runs to the unique, then she may prefer something other than a diamond or sapphire engagement ring—but based on the numbers, a diamond or sapphire engagement ring is a very safe bet. When selecting a diamond, there are four important factors to consider when choosing the perfect stone. Color, cut, clarity and carat size are the Four C’s!

Understanding Diamond Color

Color is the first impression when viewing a diamond. Diamonds are graded from both the side and top of the stone. The diamond color-grading scale starts at D which is considered completely colorless, and continues through Z with increasing presence of color. While diamonds appear to be colorless, most contain a hint of yellow.

Perfect Cut for Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Cut is the only human contribution to a diamond’s beauty. Releasing the natural beauty within each rough diamond requires craftsmanship developed through years of practice by master diamond cutters. Strict formulas detailing exact cut proportions have been designed for each diamond shape. Small variances from these formulas result in diamonds of less brilliance.

Clarity of a Diamond

A diamond’s clarity is determined by unique characteristics found within it. Since no two diamonds are alike, nature has identified each diamond by its clarity characteristics – minute imbedded crystals or other minerals trapped in the diamond during its formation. Diamond clarity is judged by the lack of characteristics. Where characteristics are present in a diamond, their appearance, number, and placement affect the diamond’s clarity grade. Diamond clarity grades range from flawless (FL) to imperfect (I).

How Many Carats?

Of any of the C’s of diamond features, carat weight is the easiest to determine since all precious gems are weighed in carats. Diamonds are accurately weighed only when they are loose, or free from any mounting. View our more in-depth Diamond Education Guide for more information on selecting the perfect diamond. Here at Breslauer & Warren we have over 95 years of experience of helping you select the perfect engagement ring, whether that is a diamond engagement ring, a sapphire engagement ring, or a less traditional engagement ring. We are celebrating our 95th Anniversary with a store wide sale. Please visit us at our downtown Calgary location to find your perfect jewelery piece.