A Dozen Important Questions to Ask Before Buying a Diamond Ring
Buying a diamond ring can seem scary. Whether it is an engagement ring, anniversary present, or something for your best friend, you want to make sure you pick the very best diamond ring for the very best price. Most people go into buying a diamond ring with a lot of questions and not really knowing what lies ahead. That is why I sat down with Mr. Asaad Malak, owner of Malak Jewelers, and asked him the top 10 frequently asked questions that customers have when buying a diamond ring.
1. When buying a diamond engagement ring, how do I determine my budget?
The common saying is that you should spend at least two months salary on an engagement ring. But that is just a rule of thumb. If you are in debt or worried about spending that much, then scale back. You are in control of your budget; if you don’t want to pay something then don’t.
2. How do I know if the price I am paying is fair?
Make sure that you buy from a reputable place. Before you buy an engagement ring from anywhere, you should check their reviews and see the services they offer. Also check to see if they are a member of the American Gem Society (AGS). The society stands for education, ethics, and consumer protection. Every organization that is a part of AGS has to abide by these three principles. This means that when you buy a diamond, or any jewelry, from them you can trust that they are giving you the best price for the value.
You should also check to see how the workers treat you. If the staff is impatient with you, or only seems to care about the sale, than you might only be a number to them. You should make sure to go to a place that treats you like a person. Somewhere that cares about you and your needs, and won’t just see you as a dollar sign.
3. What is the most important thing to remember when buying a diamond?
The most important thing to consider before buying a diamond ring is what she likes. Has she said anything about what kind of diamond she likes? Has she pinned any rings on pinterest or liked something on facebook?
After you have considered what she likes, you should also look into your upgrade options. Down the road you may want to upgrade your ring or diamond. You should find a place with excellent upgrade options to get the most for your money. Malak Jewelers offers a lifetime upgrade promise. At any time you may trade in your original Malak Jewelers purchased diamond for a larger diamond. You will receive the full paid value for the original loose diamond credited towards your new diamond.
4. What are the four C’s?
A diamond’s carat measures its weight and size. Diamonds and other gemstones are weighed in metric carats. One carat is equal to 0.2 grams, about the same weight as a paperclip.
Clarity refers to the diamonds lack of imperfections. The fewer the inclusions, or internal spots or lines, the greater the clarity of the diamond, and the greater value that diamond has.
A diamond’s color refers to the actual color of the diamond. The most valuable and popular diamonds are colorless. This means that they are purely white and exhibit no other colors. The most common colors of a diamond are white, yellow, and brown, but they can come in any color.
Cut refers to the symmetry, proportioning, and polish of a diamond. A diamond's cut unleashes its light. The most common cut is round brilliant.
5. Which are the most popular shapes and cutting styles of a diamond?
Round is the most common cut because it unleashes the most brilliance.
6. Which metal type is best for rings?
14 Karat gold is recommended because it is almost 60% alloyed which is harder than gold. 14 karat gold does not scratch as easily as other metals and is very easy to maintain.
7. What is a comfort fit ring?
Comfort fit rings have a dome on the inside of the ring. This dome makes it easier to go on and off of your finger. The dome also acts as a cushion and makes the ring more comfortable to wear. You see comfort fit mostly on wider rings and wedding bands.
8. What are diamond inclusions?
Diamonds have carbon in them so there may be inclusions in some of the diamonds. Inclusions are little imperfections such as air bubbles or spots. The more inclusions inside of a diamond the less valuable the diamond is. The fewer the inclusions inside of a diamond the more pure it is.
9. How can I find my ring size?
Come to Malak Jewelers, we would be more than happy to size your finger and give you an accurate ring size.
10. Do men wear diamond rings?
Yes, diamonds are not only a girl’s best friend.
11.Why is the engagement ring and wedding band worn on the third finger of the left hand?
It was believed that there was a vein in the third finger of your left hand that ran straight to your heart. This vien was called the “vena amoris” or vein of love.
12.What is the best way to care for and clean my diamond?
Bring it to Malak Jewelers, we will be more than happy to clean your diamonds. You can also purchase our professional cleaner and clean your diamonds at home at your own convenience.
If you still have questions, come by Malak Jewelers. We would love to answer any questions you have about diamonds. While you are here, browse our large selection of diamond engagement rings.
Malak Jewelers is Charlotte, North Carolina’s premier direct diamond importer, supplier of loose diamonds, and custom design jewelry. When you buy from Malak you receive 100 Day Price Protection and a Lifetime Upgrade Promise. Be sure to check out our wide variety of diamond engagement rings both in our online catalogue and at our store in Charlotte, North Carolina's Arboretum Shopping Center.