Buying an Engagement Ring? Read this first…

The average cost for an Engagement Ring now stands at around R25 000. Tradition states you should be spending around two months salary on that special item. But there are so many options to consider when buying a ring that the average figure really does get thrown out of the window. A beautiful looking ring can start as low as R3 500 and work its way up to a cool R10 million.

Your final ring choice is governed by a number of factors, including: What metal your partner wants, the diamond size, diamond cut, diamond colour and clarity. Even the diamond shape makes a difference to the cost.
What matters is that you pay for something reflecting your budget and shows your true feelings towards your partner.

Please note the information below is a guide only and may not suit everyone’s view or opinion. If you are in any doubt please contact YOUR DIAMONDS who will give you some further information..

Below is a list of interesting facts about Engagement Rings.

1) The most popular diamond shape is the round brilliant cut. Depending on the type of design you choose it does tend to show off the diamond very well. The round definitely scores high on overall BLING & WOW factor as it is cut to allow for maximum light and brilliance.

2) GIA and EGL are two of the most respected diamond grading labs in the world. They grade diamonds so you know exactly what you’re buying. If the diamond has no certification ensure the company you are buying from has a good reputation for providing good quality stock and can guarantee them that it is good quality. Others to look out for are DIA which do offer strict diamond grading at affordable prices. If buying an in-house diamond graded diamond, these can provide a very un-biased view and may not have the same value as a Diamond with genuine certification but as mentioned above the retailer may have an excellent in house diamond grading expertise.  The diamond experts state in reference to this point “The GIA is, we agree, a highly respected diamond grading laboratory. However, by presenting the article as factual information is misleading, as a diamond certificate is not a guarantee of the quality of the diamond. It is the opinion of a diamond grader presented on a piece of paper. The nature of diamond grading is that the grader makes an informed observation on the properties of the stone, which allows for variation between the certificates based on who the grader is. I have seen lovely stones that have been graded by the GIA, and I have also seen some stones that should never had received the grading they have through the GIA.”

3) You may want to consider buying your diamond online as you can make a saving of between 20 – 25% opposed to buying your engagement ring on the high street. Your Diamonds invite you to upload your dream design and get a quote from us to custom make your ring to your specifications and budget.

4) The tradition of an engagement ring was introduced in 1477. Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a Gold ring set with a diamond as a token of love.

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