The Ultimate Guide to Engagement Ring Shopping

The proposal is one of the most pivotal moments in a couples relationship. It’s a story you and your significant other will tell over and over and the memories will be cherished for a lifetime. It’s the moment where your journey begins as life partners and a moment that is filled with love and magic.
Your loved one is unique in every way and the best way to show your love is to propose with a ring as unique and perfect as they are and that fits your significant others personal taste and style. You must decide what color gold you’d like the setting to be, the shape of the diamond, and of course, the carat weight of the diamond.
How to choose the perfect ring:

To begin choosing the perfect ring, first you must decide what style ring you’re looking for.
Are you interested in a more classic design? Maybe you’re more of a modern maven or a vintage enthusiast.
Once you make the decision, you can move on to the next step. Suppose you have chosen a modern design. There are certain shapes of diamonds that will be more suitable for the modern aesthetic. For example, Radiant, Cushion, and Emerald diamonds have a more modern look.
The next thing you need to do is to choose the color and clarity of the diamond. A general rule for color and clarity is that the more colorless and the more flawless, the better the quality of the diamond.
How to choose the color of the diamond:

The diamond color rating is done according to the ABC table but the rating starts from the letter D which symbolizes a diamond in the highest color grade that exists in the world. This is also the most valuable color diamond you can get. The ranking ends with the letters O-Z which indicates the diamond is not colorless at all and is therefore less valuable. This is not to say one is necessarily better than the other. Each color diamond serves a purpose and when matched with the correct color gold setting, can look exceptional! There are also diamonds that are mined in a variety of colors like blue, red, and pink. These diamonds are called “Fancy Color” and are an excellent choice if you’re looking for something different from the classic diamond. It is important to choose the color of the diamond before choosing the type of gold. A more colorless diamond will look better with white gold or platinum, while a diamond with a light to heavy color will look better with yellow gold or rose gold.
How to choose the clarity of the diamond:

The degrees of clarity are:
  • IF / FL :
    Flawless / internally flawless, completely clean stone, devoid of internal and external defects or alternatively an external defect such as a tiny scratch.
  • VVS1, VVS2 :
    Very very slightly included, a very small internal defect that is not visible to the naked eye or with the help of a loupe (diamond binoculars).
  • VS1, VS2 :
    Very slightly included, stones with small internal defects, but completely clean to the naked eye.
  • SI1, SI2 :
    Slightly included, stones with moderate internal defects. The inclusions can very rarely be seen with the naked eye.
  • I1, I2, I3 :
    Included, stones with large to very large defects. These defects are easily visible to the naked eye
SI1/SI2 and VS1/VS2 are usually the best choices in terms of budget and beauty of the diamond. The inclusions will not be seen with the naked eye, so the diamond will appear perfect, but its still an affordable choice for the diamond. There are also other factors that go in to choosing the clarity of the diamond.
Location and size of the inclusion: Whether it is in the center of the stone or on the side. Sometimes the inclusion can be completely hidden when polished correctly or hidden by the prongs of the setting.
The amount of inclusions: If there are several inclusions in the diamond as opposed to one, it will make the inclusions much more noticeable.
Type of inclusion: Is the inclusion external or external? If its external it can be removed or made less noticeable with proper polishing.
It is important to note that the higher the degree of flawless and more colorless, the greater the value of the diamond. Make sure to budget accordingly so that you can find the perfect color, clarity, and carat for your budget.
How to choose the carat weight:
In addition to the economic aspect of a larger vs smaller carat weight, the carat weight also plays a part in the overall style and design of the ring. Is your style more modest and elegant? If that is the case, an understated and classy 1-1.5 carat may be the perfect carat weight for you. If your style is more glamorous and flashy, you may want a 4 or 5 carat ring that sparkles to complement your glam style. of course you also have to consider budget when choosing a carat weight, but you can always choose a lower color and clarity if you are interested in a larger carat weight or choose the best color and clarity if you prefer a smaller diamond.
At Nature Sparkle you can find all types of diamonds available for any budget and style. We invite you to take a look at our catalog of engagement rings and let us help you choose the perfect ring to make your special day one to remember.