When it comes to choosing a diamond ring, consumers may rate the gem stone on two different scales: aesthetic or market value. If you are rating the ring based upon its aesthetic value, you will place larger value upon its characteristics that fit with your personal taste. Rating a diamond ring based on its market value, however, requires that a person must hold the monetary worth of the ring’s structural components in high appreciation. More often than not, a diamond consumer will consider both the aesthetic and market values when purchasing a diamond ring. Every consumer will want high-quality materials that suit his personal preferences.
Assess and compare the value of the metal of the ring’s band to the selling price of other available band metals. Keep in mind that platinum bands are considered as the most valuable of band metals; therefore, diamond rings with platinum bands are more costly. The popular choices for band metals are rose gold, white gold and yellow gold.
Choose a diamond ring that has a diamond shape you prefer. The common shapes of diamond rings are round, emerald, oval and cushion.
Evaluate the gem stones in the ring for their cut, color, and clarity as well as carat weight. The way a diamond is cut has an effect on how light enters and exits the gem stone; this is known as the diamond’s brilliance or sparkle. The stone’s color ranges from D, which is the clearest and most desirable, to Z, which is less desirable with a hint of color. The diamond’s clarity refers to the amount and size of natural flaws a gem stone has, and the fewer imperfections the better. The stone’s carat weight matches up to its weight. Keep in mind that a larger diamond will have a greater carat weight and is likely to be more costly than a diamond with a lower carat weight.