Buying an anniversary band may seem to be an easy task, but in fact, there are many factors to consider before making the purchase. Let’s go through the most important characteristics to pay attention to when choosing a diamond anniversary band.
Choosing The Style of the Anniversary Band
First things first, when selecting an anniversary band you should choose a design and style. One of the most important things to do is to decide on the number of diamonds in a ring, their size, and arrangement.
In case you opt for bigger diamonds, make sure that they are of high enough quality.
Since larger diamonds are more visible, you should pay special attention to the clarity of the stones. Because of the size of your gems, it will be more easy to spot flaws with the naked eye.
An anniversary band featuring smaller diamonds might be less expensive than the one with larger stones, even if the total carat weight of both bands is equal. However, smaller diamonds with carat weight lower than 0.25 usually have a simple cut that contributes to their lower prices.
Choosing the Quality of the Diamonds
When selecting stones for an anniversary band always remember about 4 Cs of a diamond (colour, clarity, cut and carat weight).
Choose stones that do not look visibly yellowish when set in the band. Actually, you don’t need to buy the best colour grade diamonds, just choose the stones that are colourless enough not to spoil the overall appearance of your ring.
Pay special attention to the consistency of the colour in a setting, otherwise, the dramatic differences in colour grades might be visible as darker and brighter patches.
The metal of the setting you choose is also very important when deciding on diamond colour grade.
If you choose yellow or rose gold, you can pick diamonds in a lower colour range as the colour of the setting will mask the yellowish tints in the stones.
With white gold or platinum, you need to choose diamonds in a higher colour range. This way you can be sure that visible yellow hues won’t stand out when set in white metal.
When choosing bands, make sure that the stones in them do not have visible inclusions. The diamond’s clarity should be high enough so that the flaws are not visible with the naked eye.
Since the highest clarity grade won’t make much of a difference, you just need to reach the clarity level that looks clean enough.
As mentioned before, the cut grade is not really important for stones smaller than 0.25ct.
However, it’s very important for bigger diamonds. Make sure such stones are well cut and have cut grade at least “Good”. Diamonds graded lower tend to be significantly less brilliant and sparkly.
The carat weight of the individual diamonds varies depending on the design of the anniversary ring. The choice is up to your personal preferences and budget.
The only thing to remember here is that bigger the diamonds in a band, the more expensive it is.
Choosing the Setting of the Band
The choice of a setting type for diamonds in an anniversary band depends on metal and design of the mounting.
One of the most recommended choices is platinum, as it is one of the most durable metals.
White gold is another good option that is also cheaper than platinum.
Yellow or rose gold may look beautiful, but you should remember that this is not the best metal if you are looking for durability.
Cannel setting is pretty safe, however, keep in mind that repairing and resizing such a band may be quite a difficult task. Also cleaning stones in a channel setting is harder than taking care of those in a prong setting.
Pave setting is another popular choice. Before buying such a band make sure that the stones do not overlap. Also, you should check if the prongs stick out to catch on your clothes and hair.
The invisible setting is another trendy type, mainly because the diamonds in such bands are held with an invisible metal framework that does not hide parts of the stones. Although such bands look incredible, you should be very careful when doing extensive work with your hands when wearing your ring otherwise the diamonds may fall off easily.
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