One of the major challenges of shopping for a diamond is finding one that says something about you. A good place to start is to think about your own reaction when you look at another woman’s engagement ring. One of the first things we often notice is the size, which we usually associate with a statement about wealth – but there’s so much more to it than that. In an age when celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Avril Lavigne are sporting 15-carat diamonds that dwarf Queen Elizabeth’s 3-carat classic, the excess weight clearly says more about personality than economics. So, what do you want your diamond to say about you?
If you’re the type of woman who wears sophisticated clothes and jewelry pieces that are elegant and understated, then you want an engagement ring that will match your look. In this case, you don’t want a large diamond that will clash with your style just for the sake of impressing people. You want something delicate and gorgeous, with that certain sparkle that speaks for itself. Find a diamond with an excellent cut grade, an F or better in color, and shoot for the best clarity you can find or afford.
If you’re the type of woman who is bold and likes to make loud fashion statements, then you want to do the same with your engagement ring. You’re that woman who’s not afraid of feeling large and in charge, or that rare woman who is brave enough to wear something unique, like a pear, marquise, or even a heart shaped diamond. Not only do these diamonds truly stand out from the crowd, but their lack of popularity – as compared with the trendy round and princess cuts – effectively make them much cheaper, so that you can go big without breaking the bank. Then again, if money isn’t an issue, who says you have to choose just one?
Then again, if you have a classic and elegant look that is timeless, but not at all dainty, you may be searching for something more vintage. These days, there are several engagement ring designers that are heavily inspired by the vintage looks of the early 20th century. You don’t need an enormous diamond to stand out when you have a ring that is unique and timeless.
Lastly, if you’re the type of woman who is direct, forthcoming, and not afraid of her own success, then you want a diamond that is straight business, just like you. You can forget the round, oval, and cushion shaped diamonds. You want something with sharp edges, like an emerald or princess cut diamond. Emerald shaped diamonds are known to be more transparent than most other shapes, which is perfectly fitting for the woman who shoots people straight and doesn’t waste time with subtle clues.
In the end, one of the best ways to judge how well an engagement ring suits you is to wear it with one of your favorite outfits. Not the one you save for special occasions, but the one you wear most often. If the ring ties the whole outfit together, you know you’ve found the one.