Falling in love is a wonderful feeling. It’s a feeling that demands acknowledgment and utterance. And there’s no better way to do it than with a diamond. The diamond is the most popular gemstone in the world and it’s not hard to see why – durable and gorgeous, the diamond is a perfect gift for someone you love. It’s a lovely heirloom too, and one that’s bound to be appreciated by anyone who receives it.

Put your thoughts in order before you make this very important purchase. Traditionally, the diamond ring is worn along with a wedding band and needs to last long. If the diamond features in other pieces of jewelry, then you need to think about how often it might be worn. Maybe a bracelet or chain is brought out only on special occasions or for parties.

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of buying a diamond.

Start with the budget. Everything depends on this. You can decide on the four Cs after you’ve figured out how much money you have to spend. Go to the jeweler with a clear sum in your head. A note here: a diamond is precious because it’s a gift between two people who are in love. The price you spend doesn’t matter so much as the thought behind the gift. Having said that, every person would like to show off their engagement ring or diamond pendant or any other piece of jewelry. This means that a decent size would be a good idea.

Next, you need to think about what kind of person your partner is. Are they fun-loving and outgoing? Are they quiet and introverted? Does your partner have an active social life or likes physical exercise? Think about their hobbies. Do they like to get their hands dirty with gardening and pottery? What kind of jewelry do they prefer in general? Something minimalistic or something overt? Maybe they like silver over gold?

The person they are will tell you a lot about what kind of diamond you need. You will need to definitely know the ring size – either take a ring from the collection and trace its outline or a page, or find some other way of getting the size. If you’re going to the store with your partner, that solves the problem! Rather unromantic, though!

At the store, step in only after you’ve assured yourself of a few things. Make sure the store is a reputed one, with many years of experience and expertise. Make sure the jeweler is certified and can answer your queries with patience and provide good advice. It might be hard to ascertain whether a jeweler is out to make a quick buck or a big commission or if he’s genuinely interested in helping you make the best choice. That’s why, putting your faith in a reputed jeweler solves so many of these issues all at one go.

Katie from Orla James recommends using a ring sizer prior to getting your engagement ring to ensure its the perfect fit. At the jeweler’s, you should take your time and understand the building blocks of the diamond. The four Cs.

  • Cut

The better the finish, the more lustrous and beautiful the diamond’s appearance will be. What’s more, it can enhance the appearance of your diamond, downplaying blemishes and bringing out the color of the stone. Thus, cut is the aspect on which everything else depends on. You’ve seen the typical diamond shape? Pointed at the bottom, flat on top with edges on the side? That’s the cut you need to be looking for. When these angles are in play, the light reflected by the stone is dazzling, to say the least. You need to get symmetry, proportions that are pleasing, and polish that’s high luster.

  • Carat

The more the number of carats, the more expensive your diamond will work out to be. This is because larger sized stones aren’t easily available, and as the dimensions of the stone increase, thus too does the cost of the stone. A trick you could try is to not look for a comforting whole number. Just go a bit low. Think of a 2.8 instead of a 3. The price does fall. Or, think of a setting that incorporates smaller diamonds that add to the overall appearance, without raising the cost of the stone.

  • Color

While colored diamonds are a fad, it’s the pure white stone that has the most appeal.  A perfect diamond has no color at all. As the tint increases, the value falls. Look for the quintessential white diamond for a long lasting impression. What’s more, the color being neutral lends itself to virtually any kind of outfit and hue.

  • Clarity

This is a word to describe the purity of a diamond. The fewer flaws in the diamond, the more clear and pure it is. A diamond could have inclusions and flaws. Not all of them are visible to the naked eye. What you can look for is a diamond that appears flawless. It’s called the ‘eye-clean’ diamond, in industry parlance. Also, many people feel that inclusions are a personal touch and add to the uniqueness of the stone.

Now for the fun part – choosing the shape of the stone. This can take quite a bit of time. There are new designs – the heart shaped diamond is pretty popular and so romantic. The marquise is popular too. But the classic styles never go out of style. The round shape – brilliant – is the best way to show off the stone. As is the princess cut; this square design is great not only when alone but also when accompanied by other stones or smaller sized diamonds. The oval shape is a good buy too, because it’s straightforward and elegant. Here are some choices:

A gentle reminder: do take your partner’s personality and preferences when you’re deciding on the shape of the stone and metal you’d like to go in for. Gold and platinum are popular choices. Choose among pink, yellow and white gold and think about the wedding band too before you make your final decision. It makes sense to have the metals match, so it’s a harmonious setting and appealing to the wearer and to the beholder.

Diamonds are forever and when you make smart choices, they can give you everlasting memories too.