In our last blog post, we told you how to get the best carat weight in Solitaire Rings in a given budget as well as explained you the basics of Solitaire Rings in general.
The marriage season is on. If you want to get your would-be one of the best Solitaire Rings you could possibly get your card on, you are at the right place!
Nowadays, we put a lot of thought before buying anything. A Solitaire Ring definitely requires some thought considering it is a huge price we pay, besides we want you to be very well acquainted with Solitaires before you buy Solitaire Rings.
We will explain to you how to get the best Solitaire Rings i.e. how to choose the best one in your given budget. There are some tiny specs which can affect the price of the solitaire prices.
Let’s go through the remaining 3C’s of the Solitaire again.
3C’s of Diamond Quality:
The cut of the Solitaire is everything. Literally!
The common idea is to always buy a big solitaire, but not everyone can afford one. In order to understand the technical aspects of a cut of a solitaire, you have to first know the important parts of a diamond. Look at the image below for a reference.
Table: This is the only part of the ring that is visible when you look at the Solitaire Ring from the top. It’s the center of Crown.
Pavilion: Pavilion is the inverted cone-like structure of the solitaire. Pavilion length is the maximum distance of the straight line joining the Girdle and Culet.
Girdle: It is the border between the Crown and the Pavilion.
Culet: The Bottom-most tip of the Solitaire.
What matters is the fire, scintillation or sparkle as we call it of any diamond and that is determined by its cut. There are three kinds of cuts – Deep cut, Ideal Cut and Shallow Cut. In a deep cut, the length of pavilion is more than that in an ideal cut and in shallow cut it’s less. In deep/shallow cut the light entering the diamond from the table is not refracted to its maximum resulting in poor scintillation. However, in case of an ideal cut, it refracts perfectly and makes the diamond sparkle!
Tip: Do not compromise on the cut!
In the last post we mentioned about inclusions. Just like any other natural element, diamonds too are born in nature and have flaws. There are different kinds on inclusions – to name a few, pinpoint, cloud, feather, crack, etc. are the common ones.
Inclusions can affect the pricing as well as the look of the diamond majorly. For a jeweller, there is nothing worse than having inclusions in a beautiful piece of Solitaire. However, a number of inclusions and their placement can affect the price of a diamond to a huge extent. These are the types generally available on purchase VVS (very very slight inclusions), VS (very slight inclusions), SI (slight inclusions), IJ (inclusions visible to the naked eye). Diamond with no inclusions are Internally Flawless (IF).
If any of these are present on the crown, the Solitaire loses its look as well as price. If it is towards the edge, you can easily hide it with a prong and get it at a cheaper price.
Tip: If you have a lower budget, go for a SI quality with a clear table.
The color of Solitaires in Solitaire Rings can be majorly categorized into 5 categories – Colorless (D, E, F), Near Colorless (G, H, I, J), Faint (K, L, M), Very Light Color (N, O, P, Q, R), Light Color (S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z).
Colorless diamonds are very, very expensive. You can go for near colorless ones which are quite cheap as compared to the colorless ones. Most diamonds come in a slight shade of yellow or brown, it is considered a fancy color once its concentration increases. The very slight color won’t be visible to the naked eye.
Tip: Get a near colorless diamond and use yellow gold instead of white to camouflage it.
Fluorescence is the phenomenon of emitting blue light in the presence of UV rays. Diamonds with high fluorescence look hazy in natural light, although a colorless diamond can look dull under strong Fluorescence, a colored diamond can appear whiter.
Tip: If you are buying a lower grade color, you can opt for medium blue fluorescence as the pricing will drop considerably, but leaving it out altogether is always the best option.
We tried to cover as much as I can. If there is anything more that you would want to know, do share it with us in the comments below. If there any other theory you want to know about the technical aspects of Solitaire Rings, you can ping us in the comments as well.
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