- Wedding rings are personal and sentimental.
- Sterns shares frequently asked questions to help you understand that glitzy stone on your finger.
- From oval, pear and princess, there are different diamond cuts to explore.
Wedding rings are personal and sentimental. Having a diamond you love on your finger, and will have to look at for the rest of your life, is well-thought-out.
It is so special to some women that their wedding ring wishes were told to the tooth fairy as little girls. Or it might be a diamond ring that's being passed down in the family, being resized or replated for each new bride. Some have theirs insured, and panic or stress kicks in when misplaced.
Recently, someone I know said she would rather serve her wedding guests burgers than not have the most expensive thing at a wedding be on her finger.
If you are newly engaged, or you want to change your ring and still weighing your options on what to go for, W24 has a guide to prepare you for your significant purchase.
We spoke to jewellers, Sterns and they say gone are the days when diamonds were only round, oval or square. "Today, cutting a diamond into myriad shapes is an art," the jewellery store says.
When it comes to rings here are the most important questions to ask: 'What is the cut?' and 'What size carat should I get?'.
According to Sterns, in their natural state, diamonds are quite rough and dull, but once cut and polished, they reveal the gem's hidden brilliance. The cut determines the diamond's proportions and shape, and how the facets interact with light. It unlocks the diamond's lustre, fire and sparkling brilliance.
"A diamond carat weight measures how much a diamond weighs. A jeweller may describe the weight of a diamond below one carat by its 'points' alone. For instance, the jeweller may refer to a diamond that weighs 0.25 carats as a 'twenty-five pointer.' The larger the carat, the higher the value," the jewellery store tells us.
Here are some diamond cuts to choose from
The Round Brilliant
The modern round brilliant is a true icon and the most popular diamond cut. With a well-cut round diamond, you're sure to get intense sparkle that will make your ring appear bigger.
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This contemporary and stylish cut embodies feminine energy. With its inherent sparkle and extravagant glitter, it has become one of the most beloved diamond shapes.
An exceptional pear shape is often eye-catching and exhibits an aura of elegance.
This cut has a pillow shape appearance, with slightly rounded edges. This gives the shape a "softer" feel - perfect for people who want a balance of sparkle and a unique look.
Oval-cut diamonds have the brilliance of a round cut, with the added benefit of an elongated shape that gives the illusion of length to the finger. They have a wonderful shine and sparkle.
Emerald cut diamonds are one of the oldest diamond shapes, so it's the perfect vintage cut. They display a 'hall of mirrors' effect, which gives it its distinctive appearance.
The Marquise cut makes for a bold yet whimsical statement. It's the perfect cut for someone looking for a unique ring.
Additional information and images: OFyt on behalf of Sterns