How To Build Your Own Engagement Ring

Borrow From Any Look Of Your Dreams- Build YOUR Own Custom Ring

Because your engagement ring is a piece of jewelry you’ll treasure for a lifetime, you’ll want it to be as special as the love and commitment it represents. And if you have the engagement ring of your dreams clearly envisioned in your mind, you can bring it to life by building it yourself. You don’t have to be an experienced jeweler to build an engagement ring–there are plenty of online resources to help you get the job done, or you can simply enlist the help of a local jeweler. Whichever way you decide to go about it, here are the steps you’ll need to take to build an engagement ring that’s as unique as you are.

Choose a Metal

The first step in building an engagement ring is to choose the metal you want your ring to be made of. If you like a traditional gold color, you may want to stick with yellow-gold. If you generally wear more silver jewelry, white gold and platinum would be better options. Many people are very sensitive to particular types of metal and if you’re one of them, palladium might be the metal of choice for you as it’s a nickel-free metal.

Decide on a Setting

Setting options for an engagement ring truly are endless–and if you can imagine it, there’s probably a setting that will fit your design. Traditional settings such as the prong setting or bar setting are very popular–they’re great for larger-sized stones and they’re very strong and secure. A bezel setting is also a good choice when it comes to settings. Not only is it secure–it also helps hide minor imperfections in the stone due to the fact that it encases the stone either partially or entirely via a circular metal band. Flush and tension settings use the metal band itself for support, no prongs required, while channel and invisible settings are best used if your ring will host several smaller stones. If you want your ring to have a focal stone along with several accent stones, a variation or customized setting will probably work best for you. Settings vary in price, and the more stones you incorporate, the more you should expect to spend.

Select Your Stones

Traditionally diamonds are the stone of choice for engagement rings, but any precious gemstone can be used in your custom-built ring. Whether you choose a diamond or another treasured stone, select the size and shape that will work best with your setting choice. Princess, Emerald, and Radiant are popular square-cut diamonds–they work well with prong settings and are known to really sparkle and shine. Other popular shapes for engagement ring stones are the oval, heart, pear, and marquise. A combination of shapes can be used in a custom-built ring, especially if accent stones are part of your design.

Personalize with Unique Details

When you build your own engagement ring, you have the opportunity to incorporate unique detailing that can’t be found on the rings in a jeweler’s window display case. A design etched around the band, a heartfelt message engraved on the inside of the ring, or symbol used to make-up part of the metal band are just a few personal details that you can build into your one-of-a-kind engagement ring.

Building your own engagement ring is a wonderful way to express the love you share with that special someone. The building process will allow you to be as creative as you want to be so that you end up with a fairy-tale engagement ring unlike any other.

Guest post from Bailey Harris. Bailey writes about insurance quotes for InsuranceQuotes.org.

Borrow From Any Look Of Your Dreams- Build YOUR Own Custom Ring

What You Need To Know About Diamond Certification

A diamond certification begins with grading and evaluating a diamond to determine its value. Color, clarity, cut, and carat weight are the attributes of diamonds and are the 4Cs. Once diamonds are graded, a detailed report lists each one of the diamond’s attributes. Make sure the gemologist is certified by the Gemology Institute of America or GIA because it is your assurance that he or she maintains the highest code of ethics when grading and carrying out the diamond certification process.

Grading System

Established in 1931, GIA developed the International Grading System for accurately grading gemstones. It is an integral part of the diamond certification process. The GIA is trusted as the respected authority that educates and certifies gemologists. It takes a series of scientific tests and evaluations to perform the grading process on a diamond. Gemologists use sophisticated equipment to grade color, clarity, cut, and carat weight.

Color

Before grading a diamond, the first step is to determine if it is natural or synthetic. A color scale establishes a diamond’s color and grades it from ‘D’ to ‘Z’. The ‘D’ grade is colorless while a ‘Z’ grade is light yellow to brown in color. The categories on the scale are colorless, nearly colorless, faint, very light, and light. Nearly colorless gemstones are widely used in jewelry. For accuracy in grading color, gemologists use a set of master gemstones that precisely match the color scale to compare and determine the grade of a gemstone.

Clarity

When the gemologist looks at a stone, he or she is looking for internal and surface inclusions, which are natural forming characteristics or byproducts of the gem’s formation. Each inclusion gives diamonds their unique ‘fingerprints’. This scale has 11 clarity grades from ‘flawless’ to ‘I3’. A flawless gemstone has no inclusions while the grade ‘I3’ has inclusions visible to the naked eye. An example of an inclusion is ‘VS’, which stands for a Very Small inclusion. Gemologists use a jeweler’s 10X magnification loupe and a microscope to see inclusions and spot diamonds that received treatment to enhance their appearance. Inclusions noted on the grading report are part of the diamond certification process.

Cut

This step of the grading process determines the beauty and appearance of the diamond. The five ratings on the scale are excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. The round brilliant cut is the standard when determining and grading the cut of a diamond. However, the rating scale applies to any cut of diamond. In addition to cut, gemologists look at a diamond’s light performance. The sparkle and brilliance of diamonds depend on their cut and polish, how light strikes the surface, and how much light returns to the eye from the diamond. All of these factors affect the appearance of a diamond.

Next, the diamond is rotated 360 degrees in order to create a 3-D model. Although there are no exact measurements that determine a well cut diamond, GIA uses a complex set of calculations to determine a diamond’s proportion. In addition to proportion, symmetry is another aspect of grading the cut of a diamond.

Carat Weight

One carat equals 200 milligrams or 1/5 of a gram in weight and larger stones are valued higher. For instance, a 1 carat diamond is worth more than four 1/4 carat diamonds put together. An electronic scale weighs to the fifth decimal place, and diamonds sold are at weights to the second decimal place-2.25 carats.

A grading report contains detailed information about the diamond and completes the diamond certification process. For access to the report, it is also online. As added insurance, a diamond can be laser inscribed with report number, message, or logo.

Why Certification

The purpose for diamond certification ensures that customers receive an accurate representation of diamond attributes and an assigned value according to the International Grading System criteria.

When purchasing a diamond, complete the diamond certification process and ask for the GIA certificate. As an added measure of assurance, confirm that the information on the GIA certificate by looking through a jeweler’s 10X magnification loupe. While diamonds are a symbol of lasting beauty, it is equally important to get what you pay for.

Author bio:

Ken Thomas is diamond jeweler and avid blogger who writes for numerous blogs including New Updates Weekly.

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