Diamond Solitaire Rings

Written by Diane Sievert
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Shopping for diamond solitaire rings can be a totally overwhelming and often frustrating experience, especially if you are entirely new to the world of diamonds. One way to make the shopping experience a little less stressful is to do some research before you ever set foot in a jeweler's. Review the following guide to learn a few basics about diamond solitaire rings to start you on your way.

Basic Guidelines to Shopping for Diamond Solitaire Rings

The first thing you'll want to decide on when shopping for diamond solitaire rings is what kind of shape you want your diamond to be. Diamonds come in all kinds of shapes and the following are the most popular: round, marquise, pear, princess, heart, oval, emerald, baguette, and trillion. Since a solitaire only features only one stone, you'll want to make sure it's in a shape that you (or the ring recipient) will find pleasing.

The next thing to consider when it comes to diamond solitaire rings is carat. Carat refers to the weight of the diamond--generally speaking, the larger the carat, the larger the diamond. The price will increase dramatically as carat increases since large diamonds are much more rare than smaller diamonds.

Finally, you'll also want to pay close attention to both color and clarity. Some diamonds are totally colorless while other are quite yellow; the color of diamonds is measured on scale from D to Z and the closer to D is the diamond is, the less color it will have. Clarity, on the other hand, refers to the quality of the diamond--some diamonds are formed with natural inclusions (tiny flaws in the form of crystallized minerals) while others are totally flawless.

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