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Choosing the perfect wedding ring

You’ve got your engagement ring on your finger, now all you’re waiting for is the special day for your husband-to-be to slide that wedding ring on your finger.

Your engagement ring is usually chosen for you, but with the wedding ring — the ring that you will be wearing for your entire marriage – you can have your say. With so many different types of cut, colour, clarity and carat to choose from, it can be a daunting task before the big day arrives though.

Together with Angelic Diamonds, specialist retailers in round engagement rings and bespoke wedding rings, we provide you with the definitive need-to-knows when it comes to choosing a ring that looks perfect on your finger:

The cut of your diamond
Out of all four C’s, your diamond’s cut is the most important factor. This is because the cut has the greatest influence on the diamond’s sparkle, meaning the better the cut, the more the diamond will sparkle on your wedding day.

Don’t be fooled – even though a certain diamond has the perfect clarity and colour grade, it can still be dull looking. The only thing that keeps a diamond from looking dull is its cut.

How much your diamond sparkles depends entirely on the cut and how it performs in relation to light. So, the perfect ring with an ideal diamond cut will not be too shallow or too deep, and it will allow light to pass through it so that it reflects evenly throughout the diamond.

The colour of your diamond
This characteristic should be at the forefront of your mind when it comes to picking out your diamond ring. The eye detects sparkle from the diamond cut first, and then detects the colour of the diamond second.

If you’re shopping on a budget, make sure to pick a diamond that is almost colourless – on the colour scale, this should fall somewhere between G and H. Colour will not be detected by the naked eye, which will make you and your diamond look perfect on the day, and in the photos. Colour in diamonds appears as a pale yellow, so if this is evident anywhere in the ring you are thinking about buying, we would recommend avoiding it.

The clarity of your diamond
Also known as inclusions, clarity is the small imperfections that are in your diamond ring. The less inclusions in the ring, the better the clarity, which means your wedding ring will shine bright no matter where you are.

Rings that contain fewer imperfections are very unlikely to be seen. By purchasing an SI (slightly included) quality diamond, you’re able to buy something visually stunning, without having to pay the cost of a diamond that contains no inclusions and no imperfections.

The carat of your diamond
Out of all characteristics, this is the one that brides and grooms get confused about – the carat is the weight of your ring. Many believe that it refers to the diamond’s size, and not its weight. This isn’t the case – so try to keep this in mind when choosing your ideal ring for the wedding.
The cut will determine how big the weight appears. It’s important to get a good balance of both so that your ring sits well on the finger, but also provides you with the shine and brilliance you need to make heads turn on your wedding day.

Tips that you need to know
To stand out on your big day, these are some things that you need to know when picking the perfect ring:
• If carat weight is important to you, consider a diamond with a good cut, with an SI1-SI2 clarity and an I or J colour grade.
• Keep in mind that based on the size of your finger, the larger the diamond will appear.
• Not all ring fittings will fit all diamond carats and shapes, so it’s important to consider what type of diamond shape you’d like before choosing its design.

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