How to Choose the Right Diamond

diamond shape size and colorDiamonds elevate traditional jewelry pieces into exquisite and breathtaking works of art. From bracelets and necklaces to earrings, watch faces, and engagement rings, diamond jewelry comes in all shapes and sizes. As with any other major investment, it's important that you do your research before buying diamonds. Below is a look at some of the most important factors to consider when buying diamonds for yourself or a loved one. For additional help, or to shop for diamonds in person, visit a diamond jeweler in Chicago.

Shape

The first important factor when selecting a diamond is the stone's shape. Every diamond shape offers a different and unique aesthetic, so choosing the right diamond is primarily a matter of taste and preference. If you are shopping for someone else and not sure which shape to choose, know that round diamonds are by far the most popular choice due to their incredible brilliance and light performance. In fact, round brilliant diamonds make up about three-quarters of all diamond purchases.

Size

Once you determine the shape of the diamond you will need to choose the size, as this is the most visually apparent aspect of the stone. Although a carat is a unit of weight, it can be used as an approximation for the size of a diamond. Also remember that two diamonds of equal carat weight may appear different in size based on the shape of the diamond. For example, a one carat marquise diamond tends to appear larger than a one carat round stone.

Color

After choosing a shape and size for your new diamond, you will want to consider the color and clarity of the stone. Most people prefer a colorless or white diamond, or at least a color that is not very detectable to the untrained eye. For diamond engagement rings, the most common color grade selection for the center diamond is F-H color. In terms of clarity, most jewelers suggest choosing a clarity grade of "SI2" or higher, which means there are no tiny imperfections visible to the naked eye.

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