Ring Terminology You Must Know

Armed with details about jewellery, metals and diamonds, you can walk into any shop prepared to purchase a diamond engagement ring. And while you need to know this information when you’re buying “in person,” in a brick-and-mortar” or “on-ground” shop, it’s even more critical when you’re buying online.

Understanding what goes into making a ring, and what it consists of are important, but it’s also essential to have an idea of its “worth” or value, and what other jewellers might charge for the same or similar piece.

You’ll do yourself a favour if you choose a jewellery shop that is well-known for offering a variety of styles, different metals and stones. Visit Brisbane’s leading jewellery store to see their wonderful selection. If you’re lucky enough to live within travelling distance, you can go into the actual store. If not, online shopping is terrific – you can do it 24/7 and take your time and peruse without the worry you’re holding up anyone or keeping another customer like you waiting.

Jewellery terminology is great to know; and if you shop armed with the knowledge of the language of jewellers, you’ll be respected and you’ll be able to buy with confidence.

Metal-

The metal is the base for the ring. You’re likely to choose from:

  • Gold
  • Rose Gold
  • White Gold
  • Platinum

Gold is available in many different karat categories. “Karat,” in gold refers to the purity of the gold or the gold content – i.e., more gold – the higher the karat. Gold comes most commonly (for diamond engagement rings) in the following karats:

  • 24-karat
  • 22-karat
  • 18-karat

You can also find a higher mix of other metals (like copper) in the lower karats, 14-karat and 10-karat.  These are the percentages:

  • 24 karat = 100% gold or Pure gold
  • 22 karat = 91.7 % gold
  • 18 karat = 75.0 % gold
  • 14 karat = 58.3 % gold
  • 12 karat = 50.0 % gold
  • 10 karat = 41.7 % gold

Diamonds-

Clarity and colour are essential elements to know. You want a stone that is as clear as you can afford and as white as possible. Clarity determines the diamond’s natural flaws and impurities. Stones are actually graded, from the best:

  • Flawless/Internally flawless
  • VVS1 and VVS2 – very, very slightly included
  • VS1 and VS2 – very slightly included
  • S11 and S12 – slightly included
  • 11, 12 and 13 – included

Karats are revealed based on the diamond’s weight. One karat equals 200 milligrams (0.200 grams).

Cuts-

  1. Asscher
  2. Round
  3. Princess
  4. Emerald
  5. Oval
  6. Marquise
  7. Emerald
  8. Pear
  9. Cushion

A diamond’s cut “releases” the light and brilliance. They transmit light, and with a craftsman’s cut, a diamond will sparkle brilliantly. GIA explains the following terminology regarding how a diamond is cut including Brightness, Fire and Scintillation.

The Most Famous Engagement Ring-

Tales of the most famous engagement rings include the most famous of all – Princess Diana’s sapphire surrounded by diamonds. Diana’s ring is probably the most copied of all celebrity engagement rings, even now, nearly 20 years after her death. Her famous ring had a renewed interest revival when her first-born son, Prince William, presented the very same ring to his fiancé, who was known then as Kate (or Catherine) Middleton, and is now, of course, The Duchess of Cambridge, mother of heir-to-the-throne Prince George and his lively little sister, Princess Charlotte. The wedding website The Knot did a nice piece on the ring worn by both Princess Diana and the Duchess.
Take note of the terms discussed in this article so that you will have the knowledge you need whenever you’re planning to purchase a ring for your beloved.

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