Buying a new diamond ring (or any kind of diamond jewelry, really) is always exciting. Of course, the experience will be much more rewarding if you have at least some basic knowledge about jewelry and diamonds in general. We’ve already covered quite a few topics on the matter, and today, we’re going to add some more tips that might proof to be useful... in this case: some of the most common (but important!) jewelry terminology...
Stone: Of course, the stone of a ring refers to the diamond (or other precious stone) set on it. The most important thing to know about diamonds are the 4Cs, as explained briefly here.
Metal: While the precious stone is the highlight of a ring, the choice of precious metal will also be important. And there are actually quite a few choices, such as several variants of gold (click here to learn about yellow vs. white vs. rose gold) and platinum (click here for a rundown of white gold vs. platinum).
Setting: This one refers to where and how the diamond will sit. For a more thorough explanation about settings, click here.
Fluorescence: Not exactly a common term, but you might just hear it thrown about during a discussion about diamonds. Basically, fluorescence is the visible emission of light that occurs when a diamond is exposed to ultraviolet light. Does this phenomenon affect the value of a diamond? Click here to read more about it.
Solitaire: A solitaire ring has a single diamond as its centerpiece.
Halo: This describes a ring where a group of smaller diamonds are placed circling the center stone.