You’re already engaged, you’ve named the big day, and you can’t wait to finally marry your husband-to-be, but one thing is missing – the perfect wedding ring.
When you’ve already had your engagement ring chosen for you, sometimes it can be difficult to decide which wedding ring is right for you. With so many different types of cut, colour, clarity and carat to choose from, it can be one of the most intense and daunting tasks before the big day arrives. Together with Angelic Diamonds, specialist retailers in 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.
Out of the four key characteristics of your ring’s diamond, cut is the most important. 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.
You should keep in mind that just because a diamond has perfect clarity and colour grade, it can still appear dull. The only thing that keeps a diamond from looking dull is its cut. Ultimately, what is the point of choosing a diamond ring if it doesn’t sparkle?
Simply put, a diamond’s cut is dependent on its light performance – or what we generally consider it sparkle. 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.
Of the four, this is the second most important factor when considering the perfect wedding ring. The eye detects sparkle from the diamond cut first, and then detects the colour of the diamond second.
If you want to make the most of your wedding ring on a budget, then choose a near-colourless diamond grade between G-H. Colour will not be detected by the naked eye, which will make you and your diamond look perfect on the day. 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.
If you’re unsure as to what this means, the clarity of your diamond ring refers to the small imperfections that are within all diamonds, which are known as inclusions. The less inclusions in the ring, the better the clarity, which means your wedding ring will shine bright no matter where you are. However, a diamond with no inclusions may cost a small fortune, and be the sort of ring you will only see on a Kardashian finger, so you may need to make a small compromise.
Don’t worry, if your ring only contains a few inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, it’s unlikely that they will be seen easily. 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.
Many brides misunderstand this all-important factor when it comes to the 4cs, the carat weight of the diamond on your wedding 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 of the diamond will change how large the carat weight appears, so 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. Remember, even the most beautiful ring could look wrong on your finger if it is too big or the wrong cut, so it is important to look at how the cut effects the carat.
Go-to quick tips
To make sure your ring matches the perfection of your wedding day, take these other factors into considerations when choosing your 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.