Traditionally a diamond solitaire ring is purchased and given for engagement, although there are many other types of engagement rings available and as trends change these styles become more popular, the diamond solitaire always seems to be the favourite.
Diamond solitaire rings can vary greatly in price depending on the size of the diamond and the ring set the diamond solitaire is set in.
It is worth spending some time researching exactly what you are looking for before hitting the shops and buying a diamond solitaire on impulse
If the diamond solitaire ring is to be given as a surprise gift for a loved one then it is important to get an idea of the size you need, although this is normally a difficult task it will make the surprise so much more special if the ring fits perfectly, it will also show your partner how much thought you have put into purchasing the ring.
It is not the easiest thing to get a ring size from someone without them knowing, most ladies do not wear a ring on their engagement finger unless already engaged there for you will have to ascertain the size by other ways.
Ask her friends to help, they may be able to get your partner into a ring shop to try on rings for ‘fun’ and therefore make a note of the size of the ring she would require.
Have a look on the internet and in magazines for the style and shape you are looking for, it is always best to have something in mind before actually purchasing a diamond solitaire. You will need to consider the cut, the shape of the diamond solitaire can determine if it will stand out to others. There are many cuts to choose from including,
The modern heart shape, pear or tear drop shape, marquise shape, emerald cut and princess solitaire
Once the cut or shape has been decided it is important to remember you are not only buying a diamond solitaire you are also buying the ring setting, this is where you can get creative, use your imagination, you do not have to go for traditional gold, you could have white gold or even platinum if you really want to different. You can also choose the number of prongs to hold the diamond solitaire in place, the more prongs you have the safer the diamond will sit in the ring set, the less you have the more prominent the actual diamond solitaire will be and will stand out more.
Diamonds are graded and the lower grade diamond solitaries are always cheaper in price than the higher grade ones, when you do purchase your diamond solitaire always ask to see any paperwork that the ring has, ask for a authenticity certificate.
A diamond solitaire is not only one of the most important rings you will ever give or receive it it also an investment so consider how you will insure the diamond solitaire once it has been purchased, usually diamond solitaires are not covered on your household policy so it is worth spending some time on this matter.
Vicki Churchill writes for several sites including Diamond And Sapphire Rings and Diamond Rings including what, where & how to buy the perfect Engaegement Ring .