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What kind of gold should there be diamonds in?

Have you decided to please your loved one with an elegant gift? Are you planning to buy a ring for yourself? Or maybe you want to choose a diamond engagement ring? Use our guide!

Determining the budget

Diamond rings are an expensive luxury. Therefore, the most rational thing to do would be to initially set a budget. Based on the boundaries, you can understand what you can count on. When viewing an online catalogue, all you need to do is set a filter by price. In the store – indicate the amount to the seller.

Choosing the color of gold

Despite the fact that setting diamonds in white gold is considered a classic, many of the fair sex prefer yellow and red metals. It is optimal if the ring is made of gold of the same color as other jewelry (earrings, chain, bracelets) of the future owner of the ring.

Selecting the style of the ring

The overall style of the ring is another important characteristic. It should be combined with other jewelry, and also be in harmony with the image of the owner. Eccentric and creative people, as a rule, choose rings of unusual, extravagant shapes. Romantic girls are openwork models. Older women – classics: traditional rings with a central Tiffany-type diamond, rings with stones recessed into the body of the ring and rings.

Determining the characteristics of a diamond

The basic characteristics of the diamond have a significant impact on the cost of the ring. These include the shape and quality of the cut, clarity, color and carat (weight) of the stone.

Cut quality

Maybe A is the highest, B is good, C is average, D is low. The higher the cutting quality, the higher the price. At the same time, visually the difference between A and B is not noticeable.

Purity of the stone

  • 1 – perfectly clean stones;
  • 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 – inclusions that are invisible to the naked eye;
  • 7a, 8 – small inclusions visible to the naked eye;
  • 9, 10, 11, 12 – stones with visible inclusions.

If you are on a budget, you can safely choose stones with a clarity of 5-7. It is impossible for the average person to distinguish them from “3” or “4”, and the price will be lower.

For more information about the purity of diamonds, see the material “What does the purity of a diamond mean.”

Color

Diamond color ranges from colorless to yellow or brownish.

  • 1, 2, 3, 4 – without shade;
  • 5, 6-6, 1 – stones with minimal tint;
  • 8-1, 8-2, 8-3, 8-4, 8-5 – diamonds with a yellowish tint;
  • 9-1, 9-2, 9-3, 9-4 – stones with a brownish tint.

The closer the color is to one, the higher the price of the stone. At the same time, for the average person, diamonds from 2 to 7 look almost the same.

You can find out more about the color of a diamond in the article “What colors of diamonds exist.”

Diamond weight

Measured in carats. There are 3 main groups:

  • Small – up to 0,29 carats;
  • Medium – from 0,3 to 0,99 carats;
  • Large – from 1 carat.

When moving from group to group, the price increases significantly. Therefore, to save money, it is optimal to choose stones of 0,29 or 0,99 carats. They will be significantly cheaper than 0,3 and 1, respectively. At the same time, it is impossible to detect differences of 0,01 carats by eye.

Read more about how to choose a diamond based on its characteristics here.

Rice. An example of a certificate, expert opinion and protective packaging of a MSU diamond (click to enlarge the image)

Ring size

Finally, if you are purchasing jewelry as a gift, it is important not to go wrong with the size. To do this, you can resort to “help from the audience”: ask a friend or mother of the recipient of the gift. Another option is to discreetly take your loved one’s ring, try it on your finger and draw a line on the skin with a pen or marker. If the recipient of the gift has a lot of rings, you can discreetly borrow one of the jewelry and go straight to the salon with it.

Jewelry stores have special bundles of samples that help you decide on the size. If you made a line on your own finger, just find the size that will match it. The temporarily “rented” ring will simply need to be compared with samples.

Keep in mind that on large fingers (size 19 and above) rather weighty rings look better. If you choose jewelry for thin fingers (size 18 or smaller), you can safely look at even very thin and elegant models.

If you are planning to purchase a diamond ring, please visit our showroom or check out our online ring catalogue. The assortment includes rings made of white and yellow gold, with single diamonds and scatterings of stones of various weights and qualities. Please note that all diamonds inlaid with our rings are certified by the independent gemological center of Moscow State University.

The first ray of light slid under the lid of the opening velvet box, and a scattering of shining splashes revealed what was hidden underneath before the ring was in the hands of its owner. Not a single stone will give its owner such a magnificent noble shine as this girl’s best friend. And the girls reciprocate: a gold ring with a diamond is at the top of the wish list of modern young ladies.

However, having a dream is one thing, and a completely different story is the day when dreams come true. Which diamond ring to choose: with one large diamond or a scattering of small ones? How do you know if the diamond ring you like is worth the money? Where to buy a diamond ring at a real price and with an unusual design? Should you trust online stores? Let’s start in order.

What types of diamonds are there and what determines the cost of a diamond?

A diamond is a diamond after a jeweler’s cut; diamond, in turn, is 100 percent carbon, crystallized as a result of volcanic activity millions of years ago. The result of this crystallization is the hardest, metastable substance; This quality of the stone is enshrined in its name, which, according to one version, comes from the Greek “adamas” – invincible, or from the Arabic “almas” – very hard. The super-hardness of the stone has long been a problem for jewelers – they used stones without cutting or with minimal processing. However, the need for cutting was already obvious to the ancient masters – stones with a large number of natural edges shone much more expressively than stones with smoothed edges.

With the first successful cuts of a diamond (other diamonds were used for processing – the stone was rubbed against each other) and the appearance of the first diamonds, the ideal shape of this stone was born – 57-sided. It is round in the upper projection and more complex – in the form of two wide cones (the upper one is truncated), folded at the bases, in a lateral section. The proportions of the cones are fundamentally important – too elongated will absorb the light inside and create an unwanted darkening at the base of the diamond, too flat will turn the gem into a shiny piece of glass.

It is the round diamond that you are most likely to find in the store. Approximately 90% of diamonds are cut to the classic round shape – despite the fact that up to half of the diamond material is lost in this process, the play of light in stones is best revealed by the round cut. Accordingly, a round stone is more expensive; and an ideal cut increases the cost of the stone many times over, thereby covering losses during its production.

So, the cut and weight of the diamond is what you should pay attention to first when purchasing a ring with this gemstone. Weight is directly related to the size of the stone, and geometrically to the price (the larger the stone, the higher the cost). However, the price will increase even faster if the following characteristics – color and purity – meet high standards.

Diamonds can be colorless, yellowish, pinkish, etc. The rarest color of a diamond is black, it can be seen without special conditions. The other colors of the diamond are determined on perfectly white paper outside the setting. Diamonds with yellowish tints are set in yellow gold, stones of cooler colors are set in white. Reverse combinations will worsen the perception of the stone.

Finally, the purity of the stone. The higher the purity group, the purer the stone. If foreign inclusions are invisible to the naked eye, the purity group will be no lower than 6–7. Group 5 and below are the most expensive and purest stones. Accordingly, a large diamond with a group 8–9 can be relatively cheap; however, a skilled jeweler can hide the imperfections of a stone in a successful setting. Smaller stones are easier to maintain or achieve a high level of purity because they will have fewer inclusions.

All characteristics of a diamond are indicated in the gemological passport of the product, and if you intend to buy a gold ring with a large diamond, there is no need to separately request this document – it must accompany any ring with a diamond larger than 1 carat.

What types of diamond rings are there?

So, at each stage of diamond processing, its price increases abruptly. The final chord is a gold setting for a diamond; if the artist does everything right and allows the stone to open up, you can become the owner of a successful purchase, comparable to premium-segment products, but for quite affordable money.

Note
The smallest diamonds, weighing 0,05 carats or less, look more impressive in a group. Such stones, if their color is chosen correctly, make interesting fancy rings, classic rings with a diamond “path” around the entire circumference, etc.

Small diamonds are relatively inexpensive, so these rings are usually quite affordable. Such a ring in an original design can be an interesting gift, symbolizing the beginning of a relationship.

Small diamonds are also good for supporting a large colored gemstone – ruby, emerald, topaz and others. The shine of diamonds will reveal the depth of color of the precious mineral on the one hand, and on the other hand, their small size will remain in the background and make the color of the main stone the hero of the product. In modern jewelry tradition, this is a very common and win-win technique.

A sign of seriousness of intentions and depth of feelings will be a ring with a large diamond, weighing about 1 carat or whiter. This ring can be perfect for an engagement ring. Undoubtedly, all the splendor of a large stone will be revealed by a gold ring in which the diamond is fully visible and protrudes above the surface of the ring. This type of setting is called a prong setting and is used for the best stones. It allows you to view the stone from all sides; a minimalist fastening will not interfere with this.

However, if the stone has a flaw or lack of clarity, the jeweler will prefer to deepen the pavilion (the lower cone of the diamond) into the ring, sometimes all the way to the girdle (the widest central part of the round stone). This way, only the crown of the diamond will remain on the surface. This method of fastening is called corner fastening (fastening occurs in the corners of the diamond, hence the name).

How to check a diamond for authenticity and how to spot a fake

The high cost of diamonds has always attracted counterfeiters. But if the professional evaluation of a stone is the responsibility of certified gemologists, then an ordinary buyer, armed with some knowledge, can distinguish a fake stone from a genuine diamond.

  • Most often, scammers use cubic zirconia, cubic zircon, quartz, crystal and even glass to fake diamonds. Since these materials are different, the density of diamonds and fakes is also different. Therefore, the surest way to determine whether you are dealing with a diamond or a copy is to correlate the size of the stone and its weight (such correspondence tables can be presented in the store).
  • A genuine diamond responds to ultraviolet irradiation with an active or medium blue glow. However, some stones can give a neutral glow, so this method of testing is not 100% reliable.
  • If you take an X-ray of a diamond, there will be a void on the film – the rays will pass through the stone. Other minerals are impermeable to X-rays.
  • The following test method does not provide guarantees: the unmounted stone is placed on newsprint with its flat surface down. If the text on the newspaper cannot be read through the stone, you are dealing with a genuine diamond or moissanite (distinguishing the latter from the former can be a puzzle even for a professional gemologist).
  • A beam of light (for example, a laser) fired through a diamond is not visible from the back of the stone.
  • A fake may have a glue line that is clearly visible in the water.
  • Check to see if the sandpaper contains diamond dust. If not, you can carefully wipe the surface of the stone with such paper. This procedure will not cause even minimal damage to a real diamond.
  • If you breathe on a diamond, condensation will not appear on it.
  • Finally, a cheap frame and a large stone are a reason to think about the authenticity of the stone.

One thing you should not do with a diamond to check its authenticity is hitting the piece with a hammer. The stone is guaranteed to shatter into pieces: the concepts of hardness and strength are not identical (for example, rubber is soft but durable; coal is hard but brittle).

Where to buy a diamond ring?

You can avoid manipulation with a hammer or ultraviolet light by purchasing a ring from a well-known jewelry brand. Of course, serious world-famous companies will offer the buyer a product of appropriate quality, with all the necessary gemological reports. The only inconvenience that a modern girl may face when buying a diamond ring is the lack of the piece of her dreams. Unfortunately, the choice in jewelry stores and corners of large chains in malls is limited by the availability of display cases and space.

Conversely, the buyer’s flight of imagination is completely unlimited if the search is on the Internet. How to combine shopping security and online choice? It’s quite simple – make purchases on the websites of well-known manufacturers and sellers. In this situation, the online store should be perceived as an online storefront of the manufacturer.

Purchasing a gold ring with a diamond in an online store of a well-known chain is accompanied by the same guarantees and opportunities as in a regular store: return, exchange, accompanying documents, cash receipt.

The online store allows you to add the products you are interested in to your cart, compare them, and thoroughly discuss your future purchase with an online consultant. If necessary, you can check availability with a consultant and order several rings to try on if there is a question about size.

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