December 05, 2022 5 min read

Purchasing a diamond can be an overwhelming process and it makes sense that the selection process should be handled with care. Choosing a dedicated professional who is precise and upholds the highest industry standards is vital. We aim to make the diamond buying process simple and enjoyable for you, as we guide you every step of the way. Follow this diamond guide as we give you the most important steps toward buying the perfect diamond for your engagement ring. 

Step One - Shape 

A diamond’s shape is often the very first thing anyone notices about the stone. There are so many options that the shape can be truly tailored to personal tastes

  • Cushion
  • Asscher
  • Round
  • Oval
  • Emerald
  • Marquise
  • Heart
  • Radiant
  • Princess
  • Pear

You might prefer something classic, like the ever-popular round diamond, or a more contemporary design like an Asscher-cut diamond. Regardless of your desired style, we can help you find or customize the perfect diamond ring. 

The shape of a diamond will affect other aspects of your engagement ring. Certain settings only pair with certain cuts. When choosing a stone, consider that as well! At Vivid Diamonds, we offer a variety of shapes including cushion cut diamond, emerald cut diamond, oval cut diamond and more.  

Step Two - Carat Weight

 Like the shape, some people have their hearts set on a certain carat weight for their diamond. You or your partner might be looking for an impressive statement stone or something more subtle. 

Carat weight affects the size of your diamond, so there is no one right answer when making the choice. It’s all about deciding what you want the ring to look like overall and finding the right carat weight to make that happen! Vivid Diamonds offers diamonds ranging in weight. Some of our most exclusive offerings include:

Step 3 - Cut Quality

The cut quality of a diamond has a profound effect on the diamond’s appearance, so this is a step you’ll want to pay close attention to. 

The diamond cut quality categories range between:

  • Excellent: excellent cut diamonds exhibit the highest level of brilliance and almost all incoming light is reflected through the table allowing the diamond to radiate with a blinding sparkle. 
  • Very Good: a very good cut diamond offers exceptional brilliance and majority of the light reflected through the diamond. 
  • Good: a good cut diamond offers brilliance and sparkle allowing much of the light to reflect through the diamond.
  • Fair: a fair cut diamond offers little brilliance and the light exits through the bottom of the diamond.  
  • Poor: a poor cut diamond offers a very subtle sparkle while the light escapes from the bottom and the sides of the diamond. 

The most important thing to know is that the cut affects the brilliance and depth of a diamond, so poor cut quality is going to leave your diamond dull and disappointing. The easiest way to ensure that you’re getting a brilliant diamond is to stay within theGIA-certified “Excellent” category. Our diamonds are cut with pristine precision in our Miami diamond cutting factory to produce the most beautiful, brilliant jewelry pieces.  

Step 4 - Color Grade

When you’re choosing a diamond, the goal is to ensure that it’s completely colorless. Diamonds with a yellow tint don’t reflect the light as well and you’re going to lose some of the signature diamond sparkle. 

It can be confusing to see all of the different “grades” given for color. The scale is set by the GIA and ranges from D to Z. A “D” diamond will be completely colorless, whereas a “Z” on the other end of the scale will have a brown or yellowish tint. 

When choosing a grade for the diamond, we recommend to choose D or higher to obtain the most colorless brilliance. Review ourdiamond engagement ring collection to find a perfect, GIA certified diamond today. 

Step 5 - Clarity Grade 

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Clarity grade essentially measures the presence and number of inclusions, blemishes, or flaws that a stone has. The scale goes from F, which stands for flawless, to I, which marks a diamond as Included. Within each grade, some subcategories further designate clarity.  The full diamond clarity grade scale: 

  • Flawless (FL)
  • Internally Flawless (IF)
  • Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2)
  • Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2)
  • Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2)
  • Included (I1,I2 and I3)

We recommend focusing on diamonds with clarity grade of VVS2 or higher. These types of diamonds will have the ultimate effect. 

Step 6 - Compare

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After you’ve followed all the steps listed above, it’s time to sit down with an experienced gemologist and compare. In most cases, you’ll have several stones to choose from. Even if they all check off the boxes you’ve designed, they’re not going tolook the same to you! Compare similar stones to see what you like best. Our professional gemologists at Vivid Diamonds will help you choose the most beautifully crafted engagement ring for your special someone. 

Step 7 - Verify

 Your diamond should come with a certificate, and it’s important to verify that you’re getting the quality of diamond you expect. It’s best to rely onGIA-certified diamonds orAGS-certified stones to ensure quality. Every single diamond at Vivid Diamonds is GIA-certified. 

Step 8 - Setting

Once you’ve chosen your perfect diamond, it’s time to design the rest of the ring! One of the biggest components of this is picking the setting, which can be affected by your diamond’s shape. 

Whether you are purchasing a custom ring or choosing one in the store, Vivid Diamonds will accommodate every situation. 

Step 9 - Purchase

You’ve picked your diamond and your setting, so now it’s time for the last and final step. An experienced professional at Vivid Diamonds will assist you in the process and will gather all applicable paperwork for your purchase. 

Custom Design Engagement Ring

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Should you decide to create a custom engagement ring, we can design the most beautiful ring for your loved one. During your consultation, our experienced gemologist will help you identify the type of diamond and setting you want to create a truly unique masterpiece. At Vivid Diamonds, we can make your vision a reality. 

Vivid Diamonds  Jewelry Buyer & Seller in Miami

Vivid Diamonds is a prestigious jeweler offering the most luxurious, breathtaking jewelry pieces. If you are looking for exclusive diamond engagement rings, view our collection online andcontact us, orvisit our store today. Our professional gemologists will help you choose the most exquisite engagement ring or design one for you for a truly unique experience.