You’ve finally taken the big plunge and asked your special lady to marry you! It’s an exciting time where family and friends celebrate and wish you both well, but in the back of your mind you might be worrying about that diamond wedding ring you need to get out and buy. How big should it be? How much should it sparkle? How much will it cost? These are all worthy questions that can cause the average man to shake in his boots. In fact, many men even ask their mothers to visit jewellery stores with them to look at wedding rings. It’s okay to do this, but with a little extra research you can educate yourself on diamonds and their characteristics so that you can make a good decision rather than a guess.

What to Look for in a Diamond

Men are often tempted by the first big and bright diamond that they see in the stores. They simply assume that if it is the biggest, it must surely be the best and will impress their intended even more. The truth is that diamonds feature a wide range of qualities and characteristics, and just because one is bigger than another doesn’t mean that it is the best choice. You can even get the diamond you want and save money if you follow this advice:

  • What she wants: Before going to a jewellery store, ask yourself these questions: What type of diamond would she like? Is she a person who likes a modern look or a vintage look in a diamond ring? If you don’t have immediate answers to these questions, take a quick peek in her jewellery box to see what taste she has. If she wears rings and other jewellery on a daily basis, you’ll already have some ideas of her preferences.
  • Colour: Did you know that diamonds come in other colours apart from white? You can find diamonds with yellow, blue, and even brown hues. You’re not just restricted to white sparkling diamonds in your search, but you do need to match the diamond colour with the ring setting.
  • Clarity: Clarity is a measure of how many inclusions a diamond has, or how many so-called flaws are in the diamond. Though it will have an impact on how sparkling the diamond is under bright light, the truth is that many inclusions cannot even be seen with the naked eye and have very little impact on the clarity of the diamond under light. You’ll need to ask yourself if you’re willing to pay thousands of dollars extra for a diamond with a higher clarity rating than one that has a few more flaws that can’t be seen without a magnifier.
  • Carats: When it comes to carats, it’s wise to understand that a diamond with a higher carat rating will be more expensive than one with a lower rating, but it will not always be much bigger. A carat is a measurement of the weight of gems such as diamonds, and you need to ask yourself whether the extra expense is worth a very minimal size difference.

Websites such as provide much more detailed online information about diamonds and what to look for when buying one.

Do Your Research

Taking the time to do a little research can go a long way when it comes to choosing and buying a diamond ring. Just remember to plan, educate yourself, and check out the diamonds first hand so that you can verify their quality and ensure you find the perfect ring for your intended.