You want your diamond engagement ring to be perfect. It is a once-in-a-lifetime, monumental purchase, not to mention a serious financial investment. That is why Nava Gemstones wants to let you take the reins. We offer an easy to use, helpful Design Your Own tool, to help you customize your diamond jewelry creation. Design Your Own is intended to help you plan and build your very own, personalized diamond engagement ring. We invite you to begin by Choosing Your Diamond from Nava Gemstones's magnificent collection of certified loose diamonds.
Your diamond will be the centerpiece of your engagement ring, its sparkling focal point, its brilliant star. This is why it is important that you choose loose diamonds that best suit your style, your engagement ring's setting design, and, most importantly, your budget.
Choosing a Diamond
The first step when you design your own engagement ring is to choose the right diamond. We'll assume that this is a diamond solitaire for simplicity's sake. Choosing a diamond first is the best way to go about this process because the diamond can end up being more expensive than the setting, meaning that if you try picking out a setting first and it's too expensive, you can severely limit your choice in diamonds, whereas settling on a diamond first will usually still leave you with a lot of choices in terms of settings.
Here are the things to look for in choosing a loose diamond when you design your own engagement ring.
The first thing that you generally sort by when searching for loose diamonds is the shape. The different shapes appear as icons in the top left corner of the screen in Nava Gemstone's design, your own engagement ring facility. Which shape is best depends on your personal preferences; generally, the round shape is the most popular, and it can be used in the widest variety of settings. Other shapes are less common but can provide great value in some instances.
Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carats: The 4 Cs
The four factors that have the greatest impact on a diamond's price are the "4 Cs": cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. Cut refers to the standard to which the diamond has been cut. Clarity is the degree to which flaws may be present within the diamond. Color is the extent to which the diamond has unwanted coloration. Carat weight is the unit of measurement used to express a diamond's size. Carat weight has the biggest impact on prices – large diamonds are always significantly more expensive than small ones regardless of what the other grades might be. For the best value, we recommend diamonds 1 carat or smaller, as prices increase steeply after this point. We also recommend cut grades of "Very Good" or "Good," clarity of SI1 or SI2, and color grades of G, H, or I. Staying within these parameters, you can get a diamond that looks virtually flawless to the naked eye without breaking the bank.
You can use the sliders to the right of the shape icons on Nava Gemstone's design your own engagement ring page to narrow your search down to these parameters. This makes it incredibly easy to design your own engagement ring while staying within a reasonable budget.
Choosing a Setting
The second and final step in the design your own engagement ring process is to choose a setting. Once you've chosen a diamond, you'll be taken to the setting page, and any settings that are not compatible with your choice of diamond will have been eliminated from the list. In all likelihood, there are still quite a few choices available, so you may want to narrow it down by any of the criteria offered. These include the style of setting (such as solitaire, side stone, and pave settings), metal, and, of course, price.
Which setting works best is mostly a matter of personal taste. Solitaire rings are the simplest and generally the most affordable choices you decide to design your own engagement ring, while pave settings feature a greater number of additional diamonds and can be quite eye-catching.