Choosing an engagement ring is not an easy task. There's a lot involved. Are you going for a stone as the showpiece of the ring? An excellent choice, but what exactly should you look out for? Our experts explain more.

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Why go for an engagement ring with a stone?

Ever since Mary of Burgundy received a diamond engagement ring from Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477, engagement ring etiquette dictates that a proposal requires a diamond. Add to that the slogan “diamonds are forever” and you can see why diamonds are so popular for engagement rings. An engagement ring with a precious stone symbolises eternal love. Moreover, diamonds are always a good investment as they only increase in value.
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Which diamond should you choose for your engagement ring?

Anyone planning on buying a diamond engagement ring, should pay attention to the 4 Cs when buying. The 4 Cs are quality features that you should always find on the certificate of your diamond.

  • Carat
  • Colour
  • Clarity
  • Cut

However, clarity and colour are the most important. So choose a diamond that scores at least VS2 or SI1 on the clarity scale and that are ranked G or H on the colour scale

Which cut form?

A rough diamond can be cut in different ways. That form of the cut determines not only the appearance of your diamond, but also the value. The following cut forms are possible:
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Brilliant cut

The most popular cut form is the brilliant. As much as 95% of all diamonds are cut into a brilliant. The cut form went through many evolutions until it reached its final form in 1919. The 57 or 58 facets bring out an intense brilliance and a lot of fire, making this diamond the greatest sparkler of all the cut forms.

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Princess cut

The third most chosen diamond form is the dreamy princess cut, also called the square version of the brilliant.

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Emerald cut

When you hear 'emerald', you might think of the green emerald. But 'emerald cut' is also a geometric cut form of the diamond. However, there is a link: the shape was previously used first for the coloured precious stones, and only later applied to diamonds. The rectangular diamond shape has round corners and the pavilion is also rounded, compared to the sharp corners of a princess cut. The form is also called 'step cut' because the wide, flat surfaces are reminiscent of the steps of stairs.

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Heart cut

heart-shaped diamond is the ultimate love symbol. This diamond form is therefore often chosen for an engagement ring or a beautiful Valentine's Day or Mother's Day gift.
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Asscher cut

The Asscher is a square diamond cut, which in shape is situated between the stepped emerald and the square cushion with round corners. The specific dimensions release a lot of fire and sparkle from the diamond. The form was particularly popular in the 1920s and therefore fits perfectly with women who like to have an art deco touch in their jewels.

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Cushion cut

The cushion diamond is a rounded square form and looks, as the name suggests, like a cushion. The cut form is available in different length-to-width ratios, from a symmetrical 1:1 square to a more rectangular 1:3 diamond. The stone is cut in large facets and therefore allows a lot of light to pass through.
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Radiant cut

radiant cut diamond has a square or rectangular shape with slightly rounded corners. In order to fully express all properties, diamonds with colour H, G or higher are best. Coloured diamonds are also extremely suitable for a radiant cut.
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Oval cut

The oval cut form in a diamond ring is suitable for women with small hands. The long shape and sparkle lengthen the fingers optically. The symmetrical precious stone exudes the wearer's creative and innovative properties.

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Marquise cut

The marquise cut is a long, narrow diamond with pointed ends. The form was created at the behest of the French King Louis XV. The precious stone had to resemble the lips of his mistress, Marquise de Pompadour, which immediately explains the name. The marquise form is more common in coloured precious stones than in colourless diamonds.
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Pear cut

Like the marquise, the pear-shaped diamond is long, but has only one pointed bottom. Some synonyms are the pendeloque, tear or raindrop diamond.

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Baguette cut

The baguette diamond has a long and rectangular shape and is cut with 14 facets. The cut is named after the French baguette, which it resembles with a little imagination.
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Trilliant cut

The trilliant is the triangular shape of the brilliant and is cut with three equally long sides. This cut form is also made to lose as little material as possible during the cutting process of the 50 facets. The sides of the diamond are often slightly rounded to create a softer look. The trilliant is almost never used as a solitary diamond, but mostly as a side diamond.

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Diamonds in different sizes

What size?

The size of a diamond is expressed in carats. The carat size of a diamond is much debated, but worldwide the average is between 1.00 and 1.09 carats. The higher the carat, the more expensive the engagement ring will be.

Choosing a coloured diamond?

With a diamond engagement ring, most people opt for a white or colourless diamond. However, there are many other alternatives. Coloured diamonds are created by differences in atomic structure and impurities in the diamond where another element mixes with the carbon. When choosing the perfect coloured diamond for an engagement ring, it is important to look at her colour type. What suits your fiancée, cooler or warmer tones? Look at the colour of her skin, hair and eyes or see which colours are most common in her wardrobe. This way, you choose a colour for her engagement ring that really suits her.
Diamonds in different sizes

A diamond or precious stone for your engagement ring?

The classic engagement ring is a yellow gold ring with a solitaire diamond. If you are looking for something special and more unique, you can opt for an engagement ring with a precious stone. These bright precious stones turn your engagement ring into a true statement ring. Always consider your partner's personality and taste in your choice, as it is a striking piece of jewellery.

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Precious stones are minerals that are distinguished from other stones by their beauty, durability and rarity. The most famous precious stones are diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. The diamond is the hardest and also the most popular precious stone for an engagement ring. Diamonds can be either white or coloured, but a ruby always has a typical red colour, a sapphire is generally blue and an emerald is green. However, there are also pink, yellow and green sapphires.

Want to know more about engagement rings?

If you have any questions about buying an engagement ring, BAUNAT will be happy to assist you with advice and expertise. Read more in one of the articles below.

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