With a ring on your finger, you’re fully ready to say ‘I do’. All you need to do now is find the perfect wedding ring.

There are so many different types of cut, colour, clarity and carat to choose from, it can be difficult to know exactly what you want. Thankfully, Angelic Diamonds, retailers of Diamond Shoulder Engagement Rings has created the following guide to choosing a ring that looks perfect on your finger.

The cut of the diamond

Get the cut right and your guaranteed a gorgeous wedding ring. The cut has the greatest influence on the diamond’s sparkle, meaning the better the cut, the more the diamond will sparkle on your wedding day.

Even with the perfect clarity and colour grade, your diamond may still appear dull. The only thing that keeps a diamond from looking dull is its cut.

To get that much-desired sparkle, the cut of your diamond depends on its light performance. So, the perfect ring with an ideal diamond cut will not be too shallow or too deep, and it will allow light to pass through it so that it reflects evenly throughout the diamond.

The colour of the diamond

Colour is the next most important factor. The eye detects sparkle from the diamond cut first, and then detects the colour of the diamond second.

Choosing a near-colourless diamond grade between G-H will help you get the most shine for your budget. Colour will not be detected by the naked eye, which will make you and your diamond look perfect on the day, and in the photos. Colour in diamonds appears as a pale yellow, so if this is evident anywhere in the ring you are thinking about buying, we would recommend avoiding it.

The clarity of the diamond

All diamonds have small imperfections called inclusions. The less inclusions in the ring, the better the clarity, which means your wedding ring will shine bright no matter where you are.

Inclusions are difficult to spot by the naked eye, especially if your diamond only has a few. By purchasing an SI (slightly included) quality diamond, you’re able to buy something visually stunning, without having to pay the cost of a diamond that contains no inclusions and no imperfections.

The diamond’s carat

The term carat refers to the weight of your diamond and not its size. The cut of the diamond will change how large the carat weight appears, so it’s important to get a good balance of both so that your ring sits well on the finger, but also provides you with the shine and brilliance you need to make heads turn on your wedding day.

Extra tips

For the perfect wedding ring that you can wear and treasure for a lifetime, consider the following:

  • If carat weight is important to you, consider a diamond with a good cut, with an SI1-SI2 clarity and an I or J colour grade.
  • Keep in mind that based on the size of your finger, the larger the diamond will appear.
  • Not all ring fittings will fit all diamond carats and shapes, so it’s important to consider what type of diamond shape you’d like before choosing its design.