Wedding in Edinburgh


Monday, October 16, 2006

Buying an engagement ring in Edinburgh

There are many good jewellery shops in Edinburgh to purchase an engagement ring from.

According to one of the jewellers that I spoke to around 40% of men purchase the engagement ring before they propose, whereas around 60% prefer to go shopping for the ring with their fiancee.

Here's a quick list of some of the jewellers shops in Edinburgh:
  • Laing the Jeweller - 29 Frederick Street
  • Mappin and Webb - 88 George Street
  • Lime Blue - 107 George Street
  • Hamilton and Inches - 87 George Street
  • Alisatir Wood Tait - 116a Rose Street
  • John Whyte - 116b Rose Street

These are just the ones that I visited, but there are plenty more, so check the Yellow pages as well.

When we went shopping for a ring we were both completely clueless about diamonds. I knew that I fancied a Platinum or White Gold ring with a Solitaire, but that was about it! I visited around 5 or 6 different Jewellers around the George Street area of Edinburgh, trying on a few rings in each shop. In the end I got a half carat diamand solataire set in a Platinum ring from Laing's. I really recommend going to Laing's first if you are clueless about diamonds, The girl we spoke to was very nice and explained everything to us, answering all our questions. I even had the pleasure of trying on a 31,500 ring, but Stuart's budget didn't quite stretch to that :-)

I've got quite chunky fingers so unfortunately most of the rings would only fit on my pinky! They tend to stock most of the rings in an average size and then they will size the ring to fit your finger, so don't worry if you have fat or skinny fingers! Laing's took around 3 working days to size my ring to a size P.

Here's a little bit of information on diamonds in case you are a complete diamond novice like me:

Diamonds are graded for certification by laboratories using grading criteria. Four of these criteria are critical to understand when making a diamond purchase or investment. Known as the ?Four C?s? these criteria are: colour, cut, clarity and carat.

Colour is the result of the composition of a diamond and it does not change. When a jeweller is describing the colour of a diamond they are referring to the presence or absence of color in white diamonds. Because a diamond with no color allows maximum light to pass through, colorless diamonds are preferred for their sparkle.

Cut refers to a diamonds reflective quality. Most diamonds are cut with 58 facets. The brilliance of diamonds is heavily dependent on the cut. The different angles and the finish of a diamond determine its ability to reflect light and cause its brilliance and fire. Remember that the cut of a diamond can have an impact on its durability as well as its beauty. Some cutting faults can make a diamond prone to breakage. A diamond that is cut too thin can also cause light to leak out of the back and the diamond will lose some of the sparkle and appear not to shine. So, as you can see the Cut is probably the most important of the Four C?s.

During the formation process, inner flaws, or inclusions occur in most diamonds. The number and size of these inclusions determine what is referred to as the clarity of a diamond. Diamonds that are clear create more brilliance and therefore are rarer and highly priced. To be considered?flawless?, a diamond must have no surface or internal imperfections visible upon being viewed by a skilled diamond grader using 10 power magnifications.

Carat is the unit of weight by which diamonds are measured. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams. A carat is divided into 100 segments called points. 150 points would equal one and a half carats.

When you go to the jewellers to make that all important diamond purchase, don't be shy. Ask questions, get the answers needed to make an informed purchase. Shopping for certified diamonds enables you to make an informed selection. Knowing the ?four C?s? allows you to comparison shop and purchase the best diamond at a fair price. But, before making a purchase, shop around and decide what shapes and styles really appeal to you. Enjoy your diamond for years to come!



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