A Guide to Picking the Right Diamond for Engagement Rings


When it comes to engagement rings, diamonds are the traditional choice because of their timeless beauty and sheer class. However, choosing the perfect engagement is never an easy job. It is not only an expensive affair but also requires extra caution because these rings are purchased for some other person. Making things even more difficult, in general, people don’t have adequate knowledge about the specific details of diamond that are necessary for making the right selection.
In this brief discussion, we will guide you through the entire process of choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring. This process of selection is all about ascertaining the shape, size, and quality of the diamond.
Shape Selection:
While selecting a diamond, in general, the first priority is to choose a shape. Mentioned below are the options for you.

  • Round: It has been found that most of the buyers are rather unsure about shape while purchasing diamonds. If the same applies to you, please remember that round diamonds are the most popular choice and account for approximately three-quarters of all diamonds sold all over the world.   This is because of their incredible light performance and brilliance. They also offer the maximum sparkle amongst all diamond shapes.
  • Fancy Shapes: In terms of popularity, princess diamonds are probably the second-best. These diamonds feature a contemporary and angular appeal that looks outstanding in geometric as well as classic settings. If you are looking to purchase diamonds for vintage-inspired settings, the ideal choice for you is a cushion diamond. On the other hand, if you love rectangular shapes, your alternative to cushion and princess diamonds can be radiant diamonds. If you want your diamonds to be sleek and elegant, go for emerald or Asscher diamonds. These step-cut diamonds emit less sparkle or fire compared to round diamonds but offer greater transparency. Oval, pear-shaped, and marquise diamonds have an elongated appearance and can make fingers look slender and long. Finally, if you are a die-hard romantic, nothing will express your sentiments like heart-shaped diamonds.

Size Selection:
The size and quality of the gem are two of the most important factors while purchasing a diamond. While selecting a diamond, based on your budget, decide what your priority is. It can be quality, size, or a tradeoff between quality and size. Being the most apparent visual aspect, many people start their diamond purchases with size. Though carat is a unit of purity, it is used often as an approximation of a diamond’s size.
Quality: Please remember that cut, color, and clarity are the three factors determining the quality of a diamond.

  • Cut: The most critical quality-related characteristic of a diamond is its cut. This is what impacts a diamond’s fire, brilliance, and scintillation. Diamonds with poor cut and workmanship will always look lifeless and dull. The cut of round diamonds is easier to assess because independent diamond laboratories are engaged in grading these diamonds. On the other hand, the cut can be quite subjective for other diamond shapes. While choosing a diamond for engagement rings, round brilliant diamonds with a super ideal, ideal, or very good cut grade are most recommended.
  • Color: The ability of individuals to observe color differences in diamonds tends to vary significantly. However, most individuals prefer a white or colorless diamond. The most commonly selected color grade for engagement rings is F-H color.
  • Clarity: Out of all factors, clarity has the least impact on the appearance of a diamond. For the center diamond of your engagement ring, VS2” or “SI1” clarity grades are good options. If clarity is extremely important to you, the clarity grades “IF” or “VVS” may please you.

If you are looking for diamond engagement rings, Adina’s Jewels can be a nice place to start your search. Please visit their website for more on choosing the right diamond for your special person.