When you decide to propose to your significant other you'll want to make sure you select a ring they'll love and that also fits your budget. Diamonds are, of course, the classic choice for engagement rings and are associated with love and commitment in marriage. When selecting a diamond engagement ring, you'll need to decide on the cut of the diamond, such as oval, pear, round or marquise, but there are also different types of diamonds to choose from. Here's an overview of three types of diamonds to consider when purchasing an engagement ring:
Mined diamonds are the type you likely think about when considering diamond jewellery. They are extracted from the ground, cleaned and cut before being sold for a variety of uses, including jewellery design. Mined diamonds have that classic sparkle associated with diamonds and are relatively rare compared to other mined minerals, which makes them sought after and increases their value. They are a good option for those willing to pay for luxury and those who can appreciate the timeless nature of this type of diamond.
Lab Grown Diamonds
Lab-grown diamonds are considered as real as mined diamonds. They are developed in labs using the same chemical components that naturally occur when mined diamonds are formed. Lab-grown diamonds are relatively quick to grow, but they aren't as hard as mined diamonds and can crack or chip, which should be considered when selecting this type of diamond for a ring. However, they are more affordable and it would be difficult for an untrained eye to tell the difference between a lab-grown diamond and a mined diamond, particularly when looking at diamonds small enough to be set in a ring.
Coloured diamonds are mined diamonds with a natural twist. The vast majority of mined diamonds are transparent when cleaned, but coloured diamonds come in a range of subtle hues, such as pink, yellow and blue. The hues develop due to trace elements mixing with carbon atoms during the early stages of these diamonds being formed. Coloured diamonds are highly coveted and are the rarest type you can purchase. An engagement ring set with a coloured diamond would certainly be considered a statement piece.
If you're undecided about the type of diamond you'd like for your engagement ring, ask your jeweller to show you examples of each type you're interested in. Take your time deciding, as this ring will hopefully be worn by your love for many years to come.