A diamond engagement ring can be as complicated or as simple as you wish.
Clients often arrive with photos of something they have seen and a budget they can afford.
We have over 30 years of experience of creating diamond engagement rings. We can bring together the perfect stone and setting to meet your budget. There are many tricks of the trade that we can employ to match the diamond engagement ring design you desire, to the price you need.
A diamond engagement ring is your promise of your future life together, but it shouldn't burden you with a huge debt and always remember that new bigger stone can always be added at a later date.
We can produce designs for you to approve before work begins.
Diamonds are graded in 4 ways. Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carats.
We can help you to partner a diamond or diamonds you can afford into a setting that you love. Our technical knowledge of diamond engagement ring construction will ensure you have a a high quality diamond engagement ring.
We can offer GIA institute certificated diamonds and also specialist jewellery insurance if your diamond engagement ring is of high value.
Selecting the right diamond for your diamond engagement ring design and budget.
There is a lot of detail in the 4c's that grade a diamond, Diamonds at Dawn have highly experienced diamond knowledge and can help you to find the right Diamond at the right price for your special engagement ring
What are “Magic Sizes” for diamonds?
Some diamond weights are considered “magic sizes” – half carat, three-quarter carat, and carat. Visually, there’s little difference between a 0.99 carat diamond and one that weighs a full carat. But the price differences between the two can be significant. Small changes like this can all add up to significant savings when constructing your bespoke diamond engagement ring and this where the experts at Diamonds at Dawn can guide you.
Cut of the Diamond
A diamonds ability to sparkle comes from their ability to transmit light back out of the stone. There are 100's of shapes fo diamonds the most common 4 being: round, heart, oval, marquise, pear, but what diamond cut really means is how well a diamond’s cuts or facets interact with and reflect light. Cutting a diamond take years of training and precise artistry to fashion a raw diamond so its proportions, symmetry and polish deliver the magic sparkle only possible in a diamond.
The best diamond cuts will reflects in the stone’s final beauty and value. And of all the diamond 4Cs, it is the most complex and technically difficult to analyse. The cut of a diamond is reviewed against the following:
- Brightness: Internal and external white light reflected from the diamond
- Fire: The scattering of white light into all the colours of the rainbow
- Scintillation: The amount of sparkle a diamond produces, and the pattern of light and dark areas caused by reflections within the diamond
We also take into account the design and craftsmanship of the diamond, including its weight relative to its diameter, its girdle thickness (which affects its durability), the symmetry of its facet arrangement, and the quality of polish on those facets.
Its a lot to review and Diamonds at Dawn have extensive contacts and can bring a number of diamonds that meet your budget requirements and design before you to chose from.
We will always seek to put the best quality and character stones in front of you.
Colour of the Diamond
The diamond colour evaluation of most jewellery diamonds is based on the absence of colour. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value. GIA’s D-to-Z diamond colour-grading system measures the degree of colourlessness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions.
Diamond colours are so subtle that many are invisible to the untrained eye; Diamonds at dawn experts can advise you on selected the right colour for your budget. Colour distinctions make a very big difference in diamond quality and price.
What is Diamond Clarity ?
Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This process can result in a variety of internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes.’ The closer it comes to purity, the better its clarity and the bigger the price.
Reviewing a diamond's clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these inclusions and how these affect the overall appearance of the diamond and its ability to reflect light. Flawless diamonds are incredibly rare and their price reflects this.
The GIA Diamond Clarity Scale has 6 main categories, some diamond categories are also sub-divided, creating a total of 11 specific diamond grades.
- Flawless (FL) No inclusions and no blemishes visible under 10x magnification
- Internally Flawless (IF) No inclusions visible under 10x magnification
- Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) Inclusions so slight they are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
- Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) Inclusions are observed with effort under 10x magnification, but can be characterized as minor
- Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification
- Included (I1, I2, and I3) Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification which may affect transparency and brilliance
Many inclusions are too small to be seen by anyone other than a trained diamond grader under magnification. A VS1 and an SI2 diamond may look exactly the same, but these diamonds are quite different in terms of quality and therefore price. So if your design requires a larger diamond we may recommend using a lower grade diamond so the price doesn't sky rocket.
Diamond sizes, Carats
A diamonds price increases with diamond carat weight because larger diamonds are rarer and more desirable. However, two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different values and prices depending on three other factors of the diamond 4Cs: Colour, Clarity, and Cut.
A friendly chat
As you have read, there is a lot to consider in a diamond, much as there is a lot to consider in a marriage proposal. Your are very welcome to give us a call or pop in for a friendly chat about what you want to build as an engagement ring and what kind of budget you have. We will advise in a "no commitment" way and you are welcome to visit us a number of times as your ideas develop.
We know this is important to get right and we will help you.