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Most of us are familiar with the four 'C's of diamond buying: color, cut, clarity, and carat. What you might not know is how how many different types of diamonds are available - or what colorful alternatives to diamonds jewelers are offering. Here's the 411:
Diamond cuts can range from the more traditional Emerald cut to the modern Princess cut, and some specialty cuts such as heart and trillion have begun to surface. Here are some of the most common cuts you are likely to see offered:
Ring settings can vary widely as well, from the simple six-prong Tiffany setting to elaborate filigree designs. Both the setting and the metal should compliment the cut of the stone and be something you will love for the rest of your life. If opting for gold, 14kt is the best option because it is harder than 18kt or 24kt, both of which tend to scratch and have prongs loosen. If you prefer a white metal, white gold and platinum are popular choices. You may also want to ask your jeweler about palladium, which is a sister-metal to platinum. It is nearly identical to platinum with one major difference - it is about half the cost of platinum, simply because so few people know about it.
Precious stones such as rubies, sapphires, and emeralds have become increasingly popular alternatives to diamonds. Many designers have created breathtaking designs featuring these gems, either as the centerpiece or as an accent. If you do opt for diamonds, we recommend conflict-free certified gems, so you can show off your bling while knowing no one was harmed in the mining process. For more information, visit diamondfacts.org.
The most common question regarding wedding bands is if they need to 'match' - a particularly touchy subject if you and your fiance have very different styles. The short answer is 'no' - in fact, many couples opt to spend a little more on the engagement ring and have it also serve as her wedding band. Our advice: just like when choosing a spouse, find what you love and let the differences compliment each other.