How to buy an engagement ring
Learn the 4Cs of diamonds
The 4Cs refer to a diamond’s cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. These four factors determine a diamond’s overall appearance and value.
Understanding the 4Cs will help you choose the right diamond for yourself. Depending on the diamond shape or ring setting, certain Cs take priority over others. Speak with our diamond experts for further 4C guidance.
The first C is cut, which refers to the arrangement of a diamond’s facets. Cut directly affects how light enters and exits the diamond. A higher quality cut therefore equals more brilliance and shine.
The second C is color, which refers to the absence of color. The closer to colorless a white diamond is, the rarer and more valuable it becomes. Because color impacts overall appearance, most try to find a colorless or near colorless diamond for their engagement ring.
The third C is clarity, which refers to the visual purity of a diamond. It’s determined by the number of inclusions in the diamond, which occur naturally during the growth process. Flawless diamonds are rare and therefore more valuable than diamonds with slight inclusions.
The last C is carat weight, which is often confused with a diamond’s size. But depending on the shape, as well as the other Cs, certain diamonds appear larger than others of the same weight. The higher the carat weight, the more valuable a diamond becomes.
Find the best engagement ring metal for you
The choice of metal and color should be based on personal preference. But take these details into consideration when selecting which metal is right for you.
18k solid yellow gold is perfect for individuals with neutral or warm skin tones, and can hide hints of yellow in a diamond lower on the color scale. It is often considered the most classic or traditional setting color.
18k solid white gold is known for its clean, pristine look and is ideal for those with neutral or cool skin tones. It also pairs well with colorless diamonds.
VRAI engagement rings are made with platinum or solid gold, never plated, filled, or vermeil. Each ring comes with the choice of plain or pavé band for a customized look that is uniquely you.
How do I pair my engagement ring with a wedding band?
For pairing your rings based on diamond shape, consider that most of our wedding bands highlight round or baguette-shaped VRAI created diamonds.
Diamond-accented rings such as the the petite Eternity band, Devotion band, and Infinity band pair well with a Round Brilliant engagement rings, as well as other rounded shapes, like Oval engagement rings.
The Devotion band and Baguette Infinity band feature baguette-shaped VRAI created diamonds and pair well with squared shapes, like an Emerald cut diamond or Princess cut diamond.
Wedding bands such as the Curator and Signature V are often paired with their matching engagement ring settings. Both are designed to sit comfortably with their match.
Consider the shape and size of plain platinum and solid gold bands. A small flat or round band will pair well with almost all engagement rings, but the same style with a wider band might not pair as smoothly.
How do I order my ring from VRAI?
There are multiple ways of ordering your engagement ring or wedding bands from VRAI.
For personalized guidance and expert advice, we encourage you to book an appointment with our diamond experts, in-store or virtually. You’ll receive in-depth diamond education, as well as help in selecting the perfect VRAI created diamond, setting, and matching wedding band.
You may complete your entire purchase online. Start by selecting either your diamond or setting of choice. After you’ve finalized each detail, you’ll proceed to checkout.
VRAI is proud to offer Customer Experience Support via Live Chat and email should you need assistance while completing your purchase.
Engagement rings featuring diamonds sustainably created by VRAI are made to order and shipped within 10 business days. Custom-designed rings may take longer; the design team will be able to give you an estimate of when your custom ring will arrive.
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