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Steps to make a beautiful diamond ring

by Shilpee Nagota on Jul.08, 2009, under Jewelry Making

To make a beautiful diamond ring would require a type of metal smithy and stone setting skills. But this is nothing extraordinary and one can make a beautiful diamond ring if he has the aptitude and love of aesthetics. Here is a step-by-step guidance how to make a beautiful diamond ring.

Before setting out to make a diamond ring, one should be very clear about the budget. Consulting a jeweler may not always help as he may not know the state of your personal finances. How much you wish to spend on a diamond ring is a very personal choice and it is important to make a budget that you feel comfortable with. Once you finalize your budget, it is necessary not to keep altering the budget despite pressure.

Visualize the overall appearance and feel of the ring. The choice should be whether a traditional ring and a modern ring, whether a solitaire or multiple stones, whether all diamonds or a mix of diamonds with colored stones

After determining the general style of the ring, you need to decide the type of metal you want and the style of the band. Generally, wedding bands are made from gold, platinum or sterling silver. Your jeweler will be able to show you a variety of bands in which to set the diamond from a simple Tiffany style to an elaborate or complex type of band.

This is a crucial step. You have to select the diamond. Please know that your jeweler may tempt you with a number of dazzling stones but you need to remember the four Cs – cut, color, clarity and carat (weight) as also your budget. Take the help of a professional if you are unsure.

Cut actually refers to two different aspects of a diamond’s appearance – the shape of the stone and the quality of workmanship. Popular diamond shapes include round, marquise, princess, radiant, pear, oval, emerald and heart.

As you may be aware, the color of diamonds is graded. Colorless or near colorless diamonds are rare and considered extremely precious. Most diamonds invariably have a slightly yellow tinge to their color. A stone graded “D” is considered colorless. Stones graded E or F are colorless to the eye though in reality not colorless. Stones graded G, H, or I colors will have more yellow, but will still be near colorless to the naked eye. Stones graded J, K, L, or M will have a very faint yellow tint. You will be able to see the slight tint when the stone is placed next to a whiter diamond or when set in a white metal like platinum or white gold.

The clarity of diamonds is also graded. Almost all diamonds have some internal or external flaws. Flawless or diamonds are very rare and hence very expensive. Diamonds graded VVS1 and VVS2 look flawless to an untrained eye. Diamonds graded VS1 and VS2 have flaws visible with a loupe but not to the naked eye. Stones graded SI1, SI2 and SI3 stones have flaws that may or may not be visible to the naked eye, but will have clear flaws under a loop. Stones graded I1 will have small inclusions visible even to the naked eye.

As is well-known, the carat weight is the size of the stone. And no tutorial on this is necessary.

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