Selecting Diamonds and Wedding Rings

Your family may have a reputable jeweler that you know and trust.  If not, ask for referrals from friends, family or business associates before shopping at a jewelry store.

It is still acceptable for the groom to surprise the bride-to-be with an engagement ring. However, it is both correct and wise for the potential groom to consult with his girlfriend before buying the rings.

There are a few guidelines that you should know before selecting diamonds and engagement rings. The quality of a diamond has nothing to do with size or color. There are four categories that determine the quality of a diamond. A diamond’s cut gives it the sparkle. If cut properly, the diamond is better able to handle light, creating brilliance. As far as color goes, the best color for a diamond is no color. Clarity in a diamond means it has fewer inclusions. And last, a diamond is measured in carat weight. One carat weight is divided into 100 points.

Next are terms pertaining to the “cut” of a diamond. You will want to be familiar with them.

  • Girdle~ The girdle is the edge or border of the stone that forms its perimeter. It is the edge where the top portion of the stone meets the bottom portion. The prongs usually are affixed to this portion of the diamond.
  • Crown~ This is the portion of the stone that  is above the girdle, known as the top of the stone.
  • Pavilion~ The pavilion is the lower two-thirds of the stone, from the girdle to the bottom point or cutlet
  • Cutlet~ This is the lowest part of the stone. Look for the cutlet to make sure it is not missing;  that would usually indicate some damage.
  • Table~ The table is known as the flat top and is the largest facet or face. Faceted stones are where a series of tiny flat planes or faces have been cut and polished.
The overall cut of the stone is what makes it radiant and beautiful. Professional jewelers describe the overall quality of the cutting as “make”.

Even though traditionally, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” some women prefer other stones. She may wish to have an engagement ring set with her birth stone, or a combination of diamonds and birth stones. Whichever stone you select, it is recommended that it be mounted in solid gold, silver or platinum.

The wedding band and engagement ring should match and fit properly together.

It would be a kind gesture to ask the groom-to-be if he would like to select his own wedding band to ensure it is a style he would feel comfortable wearing. The band need not match the bride’s. Traditionally, both bands are engraved with initials or names. | p. 815-739-9937 | f. 815-754-5261